Hillman Avenger

This pretty ordinary-looking family car from the 70s was produced between 1970 and 1976 by the Rootes Group. The styling looked pretty similar to its rivals the Ford Escort and Vauxhall Viva.

However, despite the average looks, the Avenger gave a comfortable ride and featured excellent handling, which helped it to become a big seller. Many cars were re-badged as the Plymouth Cricket and exported to the U.S. and Canada, and was also known as the Sunbeam Avenger in many European countries.

Between 1976 and 1981 the car was built by Chrysler, but after they went bankrupt they were bought-out by Peugeot-Talbot. The Avenger became the Talbot Avenger, although it was now facing some stiff competition from the classier VW Golf and Vauxhall Astra.


1970 Hillman Avenger
1970 Avenger in a rather fetching turquoise
Hillman Avenger
Photo credit: pyntofmyld
Hillman Avenger 1500 Estate
Creative Commons image by Charles_01 of a 1974 Hillman Avenger 1500 estate
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1976 Hillman Avenger 1.6
Hillman Avenger 1.6 - 1976 model

Hillman Avenger Tiger
1972 Hillman Avenger Tiger Mk 2. Colour: Wardance with go faster stripes!



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