Rootes Group Cars at the Classic Car Show Birmingham NEC 2021

It was great to be able to visit the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the Birmingham NEC again. I know that the last one was only two years ago but it seemed like an eternity. This show is always very interesting and it never ceases to surprise me that I keep coming across cars that I have never seen before. I like to explore every corner of the show, searching out these rarities. Although the show is very well organised and makes good use of the NEC’s spacious halls, it is possible to miss some cars if you go strictly by the general headings in the show catalogue. This post is dedicated to the Healey cars that I was able to photograph.

CSI has a great affinity with the Rootes Archive Centre Trust (RACT) and I have put this page together in order to recognise the tremendous contribution that the Rootes Group brands made to this Classic Car Show. The two tone Hillman Minx was outstanding in my view, what a difference to the ubiquitous black that it would have been painted “in its day”. As an owner of a Hillman Imp in my younger days, I have an affection for that car, so, you can imagine the delight I had when I saw the two beauties shown below. Without more ado here are some examples of the many  Rootes Group cars that were on display at the show –

Sunbeam Harrington Alpine
Sunbeam Harrington Alpine

Sunbeam Harrington Alpine

1963 Sunbeam Alpine Le Mans Race car
1963 Sunbeam Alpine Le Mans Race car

Hillman Imp in Rally Trim
Hillman Imp in Rally Trim
Hillman Imp Customised including "air jack" suspension.
Hillman Imp Customised including “air jack” suspension.
1934 Singer Le Mans 4 seater
1934 Singer Le Mans 4 seater

1934 Singer Le Mans 4 seater

1934 Hillman Minx
1934 Hillman Minx

Nick

 

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