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Iran Khodro Cars Using Hillman Technology

The Iran Khodro company assembled Hillman Hunters as Paykans from 1967, and some 1725cc Paykan-engined Hillman two-door Avengers between 1978 and 1980. Local manufacture of the Paykans began in the early 1990s and even though they ceased production in 2005, their technology has continued in other models. These feature bodies based upon the Peugeot 405.

The Hillman Hunter Production Story

In March 1972 the Hunter range received an update that unlike the earlier ones, finally included some new parts. From this time all models began to receive new technologies as they were developed by component suppliers. None of these are known to have flowed on to Australian models.

HUNTER GLS; In March 1972 the last major new Hunter model was introduced, the Hunter GLS. It had a blacked-out Humber Sceptre grille and four headlamps, with the Holbay H120 engine, close-ratio gearbox and Rostyle wheels, all as fitted to the established Sunbeam Rapier H120 coupe.

British Hillman Hunters 1970-1972 (Part 3 of 3)

Our final part looks at the Hillman-badged Rootes Arrows from October 1970 to March 1972, paralleling much of the sales life of the Australian HE series.

The Hillman range was renamed, all models now being Hunters. The only significant changes to the cars were that all now had the grille and headlamps like our HC (even though we'd just discontinued it in our HE!) and various versions of the timber instrument panel replaced the familiar plastic strip-speedo instrument panel previously used on all Hillman models.

British Hillman Hunters 1968-1970 (Part 2 of 3)

This part looks at the Hillman-badged Rootes Arrows introduced from November 1968 until October 1970, paralleling the sales life of the Australian HC Series. Neither of the British models below is known to have been assembled in New Zealand or South Africa.

British Hillman Hunters 1966-1968 (Part 1 of 3)

This is a look at the British Hillman-badged Rootes Arrows built up to mid-1968. During the 1966-1972 period the British models changed very little and could be identified with Australian models, but the upgrades from March 1972 on did not flow onto Australian cars before our production ceased in late 1972. A marketing-driven renaming of British models in October 1970 coincided with the release of our HE series.

The events below took place in parallel with the sales life of the Australian HB series Hillmans which came onto the market in May 1967.

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