Hillman range of 4-cyl. Fourteen and 8-cyl. Straight 8 and Vortic 8 models was supplemented in April, 1931, with a new 6-cyl. range named Wizard. It is available with 65-mm bore (16.7 HP) or 75-mm bore (20.9 HP) with no price difference, the latter intended especially for overseas markets.
Hillman Wizard is available with wire spoke or artillery wheels. Artillery wheels have wooden spokes, secured between two metal plates at the centre. This construction method had long been used for gun carriages and limbers; hence the name.
Hillman Vortic have a 2618-cc (63 x 105 mm) eight-cylinder in-line OHV engine, developing 58 bhp at 3300 rpm and rated at 19.7 HP. The chassis cost £325.
Vortic with Cabriolet coachwork by Charlesworth Bodies Ltd. Of Coventry.
Hillman Wizard 75 with Coupé Cabriolet bodywork at the introduction of the new range in the Royal Albert Hall in London on 27 April, 1931.
Wizard prototype car, shown during tests prior to its introduction.
Hillman Minx prototype. When the first Minx was completed at Coventry William Rootes (the late Lord Rootes) himself took it abroad and tested it on the continent of Europe and in North Africa. He made it a practice to personally test each new model and is shown here (right, with the Minx on the Swiss-Italian border in May, 1931. The car made its public debut at the Olympia Motor Show in the following October.