Hillman Minx Phase 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 retaines the designation Mark VIII.
From early 1956 the Husky is also available as a 7-cwt panel van, named Commer Cob.
Hillman Minx Series I models were introduced in the spring of 1956 and feature new body styling - 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 is no longer offered.
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.