Phase VIII / VIIIa (R4, 1390cc, 47bhp)
Hillman Minx Mark VIIIA De Luxe Saloon with new 'Gay Look' two-tone finish, body chrome strip and full-width tapered fairing housing the rear number plate. Convertible, Californian and Estate Car versions are also available with 'Gay Look' features. Both the Special Saloon and the Estate Car are now also powered by the OHV engine. Standard (single-colour) models retained the designation Mark VIII.
Hillman Minx Series I models were introduced in the spring of 1956 and feature new bodystyling-raised wing line, sloping bonnet and wrapround rear window-a longer and narrower radiator grille and a modified instrument panel and improved interior. Special Saloon, De Luxe Saloon and Convertible models are available. The special hardtop "Californian" model was no longer offered. The Minx Estate Car is continued in its Mark VIII form. "Special Saloon" version with old 1265 cc side valve engine, was offered until October 1956.
From early 1956 the Husky is also available as a 7-cwt panel van, named Commer Cob.
The Husky, which is indeed the motoring maid-of-all-work, has endeared itself, both at home and abroad, in its various capacities which range from a family car to a farmer's drudge. The only product of the Rootes Group still to retain the simple side-valve Minx engine, it can be bought economically in basic form or equipped with radio, heater and white-walled tyres. It is partnered by the Hillman Minx Estate Car with 1,390 c.c. overhead-valve engine and larger, more elaborately equipped bodywork. (London report)