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1971 Hillman Avenger Tiger Replica built on 1500 Super Series I

1971 Hillman Avenger Tiger Series I in The Grand Tour, Non-fiction TV, 2016-2019 IMDB Ep. 1.12

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: UK

1971 Hillman Avenger Tiger Replica built on 1500 Super Series I

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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dsl SX

2017-02-02 22:42

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Seen in the convoy during opening credits for eps1.11 and 1.12, both hosted from Loch Ness.
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HILLMAN AVENGER 1500 SUPER 1971
Registration number: TES 358K
Body type: Saloon
Colour: Yellow
Date of first registration: November 1971
✓ Taxed Tax due: 01 April 2017
✓ MOT Expires: 24 April 2017
Year of manufacture 1971
Cylinder capacity (cc) 1498 cc
Export marker No
Vehicle status Tax not due
Vehicle colour YELLOW

Built at Linwood, so earns its place in the convoy. Either our first Tiger Mk1 or a very well done replica. Tiger Mk1 was launched March 72 as limited edition with restricted sales, so probably not surprising if DVLA enter it as a 1500 Super and its date is very close to Tiger launch. Only about 200 made - first three were white, the rest yellow - and were converted at Ryton with the first 100 or so in the Competition Dept, the rest in the Service Dept. Then in Oct 72 the Mk2 appeared - less extreme spec, about 400 made in yellow or red. About 50 Tigers survive - http://www.asoc.co.uk/avenger-tiger

I can accept this as either genuine or a replica - needs further info. Entering as replica to reflect plate info.

TheHeartbreakKid15 EN

2017-03-15 15:01

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According to Cazana (formerly known as UKVehicle) it used to be bronze. So I highly suspect it is indeed a replica.

dsl SX

2017-10-25 15:34

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Just seen a 1972 Chrysler UK leaflet which shows a wide range of parts (engine, suspension, magnesium alloys, brakes, fan, seats, spoiler, stickers, bonnet pins) available from Chrysler Competition Dept to transform your ordinary Avenger into a Tiger replica, probably at that stage a Mk1 Tiger.

the sad biker UK

2017-10-25 16:42

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I wonder why they never fitted a H120 engine in the Tiger? (JFS?), that would have given Ford something to worry about.

johnfromstaffs EN

2017-10-25 17:03

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This is just a guess based on no knowledge, (never stopped me before), but the Arrow engines were tilted from vertical. Would there have been space in the Avenger shell?

dsl SX

2017-10-25 17:23

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Can't say why they didn't plonk an H120 engine into the Avenger (or maybe they did try it behind closed doors but never told anyone), but they did try various permutations using the 1800cc block from Brazilian production, bored out to 2000cc and with input from BRM and got 200bhp out of it as a potential rally weapon, and there was some thought about a road version to gain homologation. But with the Chrysler Sunbeam on the horizon (no pun intended) and Lotus looking for new outlets for the Jensen-Healey engine, it made more sense to buy that in so the Sunbeam-Lotus emerged instead. In production terms the Tiger's successor was the Sunbeam Ti - much the same engine but with the later evolution to 1600cc instead of 1500cc.

the sad biker UK

2017-10-25 17:36

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Looking into it a little further, the BHP figure I had for the H120 was 108 gross, at 93-94 net it was around the same as the Tiger 1500 so not worth the bother (I could have loaned them a lump hammer to make it fit).

Some competition for Ford in the Hooligan market would have been nice and I tend to be a sucker for also rans (they're sometimes better than the mainstream), that's why I had a Magnum.

dsl SX

2017-10-25 17:54

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the sad biker wrote .. I could have loaned them a lump hammer to make it fit ...

Another example of small moments forcing history down a dramatically different path. Like on the Titanic's maiden voyage steaming out of Southampton, when the captain said "Right lads, I'm going to toss for it - heads we go North, tails we go South".

Baube QC

2017-10-25 17:56

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dsl wrote Like on the Titanic's maiden voyage steaming out of Southampton, when the captain said "Right lads, I'm going to toss for it - heads we go North, tails we go South".

coin ended up standing so they went down..

johnfromstaffs EN

2017-10-25 18:20

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I never went for the hooligan market, do things in a subtle way, buy a Lancia.

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