The Coolest Project Car You’ve Never Heard Of

13 nov 2020
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  • Give it a honda d16y8 engine and its gonna fly

    BudgetEskay -BudgetEskay -Giorno fa
  • That is lit!

    Ashton WorthAshton Worth2 giorni fa
  • All over 40's will know what an imp is.

    ev andersenev andersen3 giorni fa
  • I had one in the 70's, bored to 940cc, 28 thou off head, twin dcoe carbs & R17 cam. Rally gearbox, team Hartwell suspension. Full cage. Very quick, needed weight in the front or no steering when on power. Good fun. It met a sorry end on the North Wales Rally when it hit an oak tree sideways at around 60 mph .Sad day.

    Mike ClewesMike Clewes4 giorni fa
  • Now that's a car none of that computer driven crap. What a build.

    explornation ukexplornation uk4 giorni fa
  • 👍👍👍👍👏👏👏👏🤙🤙🤙🤙🤙

    Sacral BearmanSacral Bearman5 giorni fa
  • Love these little motors, a great friend of mine used to race them, fantastic little motor, thanks for showing us.

    Phil BoardmanPhil Boardman5 giorni fa
  • Reminds me of a couple of guys (a Pom and a New Zealander) in Singapore in 73 who modifed the chassis of a Cosworth powered Elfin F2 car to the point they could comfortably fit a Hillman Imp body over it and circuit race it on the local circuits. From memory, the workmanship was first class. It was undergoing shakedown and further development when I finished my posting and left Singapore. Always wondered what happened to it. You still around Mick, Jim?

    John SmithJohn Smith6 giorni fa
  • My first car was a (very) used Imp. Basically rusted away!

    Phillip AlcockPhillip Alcock6 giorni fa
  • stroppy little wanker knows nothingabout the history of the imp......should have stuck to his nova

    paul dickpaul dick7 giorni fa
  • Absolutely awesome, reminds me of my wife’s first car she had the singer version

    Dean BeestonDean Beeston7 giorni fa
  • well done a motor with class.

    Tony KingTony King7 giorni fa
  • Maybe Rootes should have built their Imps like this one in the 60's. The last ones in the seventies were well sorted, I should know, I had one. Loved it.

    Derek TaylorDerek Taylor7 giorni fa
  • Nice who did all the work

    Randhir johalRandhir johal7 giorni fa
  • a lot of imp engines was used for sidecar racing at one point

    stephen huskissonstephen huskisson7 giorni fa
  • That’s how it should have been back in the day

    michail okeefemichail okeefe7 giorni fa
  • Love it mate

    robert smithrobert smith8 giorni fa
  • Ali heads, metal block meant lots of HGF. 😱😱😱😱

    Mark OsborneMark Osborne9 giorni fa
  • Looks just like the club racers from the 70s. I marshalled some races at Brands Hatch. The imps embarrassed the minis every time, their Coventry climax engine revved to 9-10k rpm as opposed to maybe 6.5k for the mini.

    Andy WrightAndy Wright9 giorni fa
  • Love this. Had one in 67. Not like this though 😂

    todd Sweentodd Sween10 giorni fa
  • Mate had one in the day with a Hartwell engine revved to god about 10,000 rpm and made 146 BHP very good car for scaring people.

    John SchofieldJohn Schofield10 giorni fa
  • My father-in-law bought one in "tomato soup" red. It was a weird design with lots of peculiarities - fuel filler inside the front boot so any accidental spill soaked whatever was in there. The back bonnet didn't lift up fully so working on the engine meant squatting down and rummaging about like you are looking for your documents at the bottom of your suitcase at the airport. On holiday in India our tour group laughed at how they build trucks with water pump engines till I pointed out that the engine in the Imp was first designed to drive auxilliary pumps in fire engines. My sister bought a green California version that never seemed capable of working from one weekend to another it was the embodiment of unreliability.

    John DavenportJohn Davenport10 giorni fa
  • 100% Stunning.

    A J WrightA J Wright10 giorni fa
  • Chessman 998cc R23 cam twin DCOE 45 Wills rings instead of head gasket then you can have some proper fun in an Imp cracking little cars

    Pete NikolicPete Nikolic10 giorni fa
  • Super cool IMP.... very nicely done too

    #N17WHL angelo#N17WHL angelo11 giorni fa
  • I'm disappointed that it didn't have a bike engine in it! missed a trick there lad!

    Dangerous DanDangerous Dan12 giorni fa
  • Awesome build.

    zulu buzzzulu buzz13 giorni fa
  • Looks like a Simca rally

    RazzRazz14 giorni fa
  • did you say rebuilt by ben bolt or bent bolt

    leonard clarkeleonard clarke14 giorni fa
  • Love it!

    Tom HughesTom Hughes14 giorni fa
  • I had an Imp and a Siger Chamios back in the day. Great little cars.

    Nigel GentNigel Gent16 giorni fa
  • What an Awesome car

    IanIan16 giorni fa
  • BINKY IS THE COOLEST PROJECT CAR but i heard of it already so this might be true after all

    DavidDavid17 giorni fa
  • Banging on about the steering wheel and pedal position - should try the Beetle - even more offset and many small cars of the era were this way.

    ytayta18 giorni fa
  • I love Imps! They were sold here in the States under the Sunbeam label, in very small numbers. Back in '69, my best friend's mother had one as a loaner, when her Chrysler 300 was in the shop. We were Seniors in High School at the time, and he had lost his license (in Michigan, if you got a ticket in the first year of your license, you lose it until you turn 18), and she would let us use her car, if I drove. We routinely drove groups of Sophomore girls home, after classes, in the Chrysler, and when they saw they saw the Imp, they loved it, and wanted a ride. We discussed the logistics necessary to make it happen (there were 8 of them that day!). We decided to see if the Imp could hold them all (mostly petite, and mini skirted). Four in the back seat, three in the boot (hatch window open), facing out, and one between us, in front (straddling the shifter). After a couple of stalls, (very early in my manual shifting career) we proceeded to the next stop sign. When traffic cleared, I slipped the clutch as much as I had found was required, previously, and the Imp refused to progress, accompanied by a ride odor coming from the clutch area! When they designed it as a 4 passenger auto, they apparently were quite serious! The girls took the bus home, as did my friend's mother, after work, and we rode with the tow truck, to the repair shop, walking the rest of the way. I wish I could find another Imp, would make a great vintage racer! 🤭👍

    david glenndavid glenn23 giorni fa
  • That its hella clean

    Andrew BMXAndrew BMX25 giorni fa
  • I had one of these in the late 80's. I bought it wit a spare rally engine which i Put in the back with the seats folded down. It wheelied going over a hump back bridge due to the lack of weight in the front. You could squeeze into tight parking spots and climb out of the back window. Choke is on floor next to handbrake and heater hoses ran the length of the car so water would cool in winter on way to blowers. Used to have to leave heating on in summer to prevent engine overheating. I loved it! It eventually conked out and I gave it to a local garage. Last time I saw it was on Top Gear being used as a trials vehicle.

    Ian BlackIan BlackMese fa
    • They were originally called Roots Imps, Hillman eventually became Chrysler in the UK

      Ian BlackIan BlackMese fa
  • not cool sorry

    Wiktor ListkowskiWiktor ListkowskiMese fa
  • What a fantastic little car, beautifully thought out too. I like to see something a little different, and you can tell James loves this car by the attention to detail he's lavished on it. Also, the imp engine, when built correctly, is a lovely little unit, and being all alloy and OHC, it was way more advanced than the ageing, all iron A-Series, in the Imps main rival, the Mini. I believe it was actually the first, all alloy, engine fitted to a British production car. It's just a shame that the Rootes Group suffered from the same, rush it into productionitus that BL did. Otherwise, if it hadn't been plagued with issues from the start the Imp story could have been very different.

    Matthew BrownMatthew BrownMese fa
  • the Hillman SuperMinx is a proper sexy little thing n all, one up my street in baby blue

    jackson ;jackson ;Mese fa
  • I went to the bank yesterday and there was a grandpa waiting outside,his car was one of these Hillman Imps, all original and mint! :-D

    vaso opelvaso opelMese fa
  • It's like a BMW 2002 got schmooched and I love it

    Mike HostetlerMike HostetlerMese fa
  • Very cool! Singer should employ him, the interior is amazing! 🤯

    Josh Kemp On CarsJosh Kemp On CarsMese fa
  • Had two of these in the early seventies. With a set of wheel spacers and little tweaks on the suspension it was pretty fast around the corners compared to my mates mini cooper. Did blow the head gasket regularly with the aluminium engine but was an engineering student at the time so just skimmed it. In the end went for a Hartwell conversion, bored out to 915 cc, radiator moved to the front. This of course meant I broke the pipework running underneath the car on a rough road, still was a cool car. In the summer used to drive with the back window up for more ventilation but eventually grew out of my boy racer days. Not surprised Alex had trouble with the gearchange they were notorious for wear and even when new there was far too much linkage from the middle of the car to the gearbox. I even started mine a few times with the crank handle..

    mookyzookmookyzookMese fa
  • will you buy a classic mini for your project car?

    Joseph RowlandJoseph RowlandMese fa
  • I cousin had one with a 1.6 twin-cam engine in it around 120 bhp and it was a rocket ship. I remember the engine came right up to the back seats and it's was too noisy for any journey over a mile :) but everyone loved it.

    frogsfrogs2 mesi fa
  • Please remove Alex from these vids. All he's interested in is thinking he's massive. Like the school bell end everyone hated.

    Susan PilkingtonSusan Pilkington2 mesi fa
  • Love it.

    Brad ButcherBrad Butcher2 mesi fa
  • what a first car 😍

    Mainly things with wheelsMainly things with wheels2 mesi fa
  • Spoiler = Japanesey? Most performance cars and even family sedans will have a spoiler on em regardless of where they're from. Are the windows Japanesesey too? If anything, duck tails are Porsche's domain. Overall the car looks Vaz 2101 and Lancia Delta Integrale. I wouldn't say there is anything particularly Japanese about that car.

    Thomas KinkadeThomas Kinkade2 mesi fa
  • What a cool little car. Love it, nicely done.

    Andrew BarnesAndrew Barnes2 mesi fa
  • What ever you heard about engine builds they were all build in Coventry at the Rootes factory; I know I was there. Things often forgotten about the Imp were that the Imp project manager was Mike Parkes who went on to engineer and drive for Ferrari and that the engine's design was based on a Coventry Climax design found in the early Lotus cars (6 and Elite). Yes build quality was not great; had one loved it......

    Roel HellemansRoel Hellemans3 mesi fa
  • I like that he's just done whatever the fuck he wants

    Tommy TTommy T3 mesi fa
  • Great car apart from the silly air bags, why ruin it and it's not even that low 😂😂

    Ryan CrowRyan Crow3 mesi fa
  • My first car in 67.I thought it was cool,but nowhere as cool as this unit-LOVE it.

    Jeff KeeleyJeff Keeley3 mesi fa
  • Ha Ha! Such a great little car! I hated Imps 'cos my girlfriend had one in the 70's and it was always going wrong (nearly killed me but that's another story!) Great video - thanks!

    Colin MilesColin Miles3 mesi fa
  • He has made an amazing job of that it looks real cool and having it go up and down makes it good.

    John HuntJohn Hunt3 mesi fa
  • awesomeeee

    SEJFERSEJFER3 mesi fa
  • So cool seeing my knob in this car.

    James McCabeJames McCabe3 mesi fa
  • Every Civic driver in the world: just nods. Driving a slow car fast is where it's at. That is indeed a well polished knob. As you said what a truly unique ride that is a fusion of racing designs and car scene modifications all applied to his vision and made into reality. That's what car culture is all about people!

    Steve McRichardsSteve McRichards3 mesi fa
  • Very good taste, something you don't see a lot nowadays. Martini stripe is a very nice touch. Always thought it looks good

    Aidar SharafullinAidar Sharafullin3 mesi fa
  • Trabant tunat

    Dawid RubenDawid Ruben3 mesi fa
  • I absolutely love it!!! And the knob!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😎

    wordreetwordreet3 mesi fa
  • I want that car so bad if he ever needs a kidney or a testicle anything tell him I'll happily swap

    brett hastingsbrett hastings3 mesi fa
  • @5:10 reference to singer - my Grandmother drove a 'Singer Chamois' which was the posh version of this car. The coventry climax engine was first used as a generator in the back of a bomber, then used by the fire brigade as a pump! a version of it was also used by Jack Brabham to win the Formula One world championship in 1959

    QuestionQuestion3 mesi fa
  • A bit of confusion over BHP figures. The original Mk2 engine produced 37 and 39bhp in low and high compression versions. If this engine is 930cc it suggests could use bits from the 928cc version used in the Sunbeam 1.0 but I'm surprised it's not using the 998cc wet-liner block which gave 65bhp@6000rpm.with twin Strombergs etc. from the Sport..

    Graham LangleyGraham Langley3 mesi fa
  • We have a nice little Hilman Minx. Needs to be rehabilitated though. Its hard to find parts for it in Pakistan 🇵🇰

    Jahandad ShabanJahandad Shaban3 mesi fa
  • Really I’m fine thanks. Don’t particularly like them.

    Spark king 4629Spark king 46293 mesi fa
  • I live in Jamaica and I still have a 1969 model which I would love to restore. I ran a rally cam pluss twin Stangberges 930 cc with big valve port and pollished head and it was fast and very good miles. Radiator in the front.

    kennedy singhkennedy singh3 mesi fa
  • Really cool. Love the attention to detail

    JayJay3 mesi fa
  • it would be nice if car companies can still build cars like that

    cali818cali8183 mesi fa
  • What does martini smell like though

    Galactic129Galactic1293 mesi fa
  • Super cool

    gavin Hhgavin Hh3 mesi fa
  • My first car was a Hillman Imp. Been regretting selling it for the last 5 years but the prices just keep going up 😢

    connorpooleconnorpoole3 mesi fa
  • What a cool little thing 👏

    Car ObsessionCar Obsession3 mesi fa
  • I love Imps, such a gorgeous car, and this one is top draw!

    FixDriveRideFlyFixDriveRideFly3 mesi fa
  • That Imp's cool, I like that a lot. Probably wouldn't have the Martini vinyls.

    Andrew LastAndrew Last3 mesi fa
  • Kudos to guys leatherwork skills. Lovely stitching all around.

    Bugra AytacBugra Aytac3 mesi fa
  • *Alex: "Be different, don't try and follow trends, do your own thing"* *Next video: "Let's roast your cars..."*

    - ̗̀A Bacchus ̖́-- ̗̀A Bacchus ̖́-3 mesi fa
  • I had one back in the day, as a teenager, it was a sunbeam stiletto fastback version with a little fat donut steering wheel and decambered front handled like a go cart ! The only problem is if you didn't put the cooling at the front of the car like this guy has done , it would overheat, as standard the rad was in the rear with the engine (design fault).Then the aluminium head would warp and the head gasket would blow (Common fault). My dad (RIP) used to service them as a hobby and in the end could wip out the transaxle in as little as half an hour..many a time he got a call from , the head gaskets gone, please come and rescue me ! :-)

    Michael BaldwinMichael Baldwin3 mesi fa
    • Never had an overheating issue with my '66 Super, but then I did make sure the rad was always clear of the leaves the fan vacuumed up and fitted the better QH waterpump. Head gasket issues went away if you used a Reinz (sp?) gasket, over-torqued the head bolts by 10% using new ones each time, and re-torqued them three times over the first hundred or so miles.

      Graham LangleyGraham Langley3 mesi fa
  • I think the back story to getting his job, he took the car along and showed the boss of the company. You would give him a job on the spot!

    Gavin IversGavin Ivers3 mesi fa
  • My grandad used to buy these for 50 with a blown head gasket because of the aluminium it would expand as it got hot

    will. kwill. k3 mesi fa
  • Great video, love your enthusiasm for it Alex. Quality cool car, brilliant attention to detail, fair play to the owner.

    Nicky LongNicky Long3 mesi fa
  • great build dude!

    drag vasettidrag vasetti3 mesi fa
  • Ideal donor car for a trike. That might be Car Throttle's next project.

    Tony BrentonTony Brenton3 mesi fa
  • this is actually quite well known car same as the green one that i believe is static?

    Michael HayesMichael Hayes3 mesi fa
  • Wicked cool car

    mscustomluresmscustomlures3 mesi fa
  • Amazing. Simply beautiful... not in the rain 😩

    Martin JBMartin JB3 mesi fa
  • Sweet! Gotta love an Imp. More fun than an Imp-reza. You just know that if Hillman had been an Italian company the Imp would have been a tarmac rally special with an Abarth badge and a screaming engine red-lining at 9,000 rpm. Oh yeah...

    Elli PElli P3 mesi fa
  • I have owned and competed in mine since 1988 (first car, and I passed my test in it). Driving position and gearstick position are excellent due to the car being designed jointly by Tim Fry and Mike Parkes. Parkes was a successful racer and became a Ferrari driver. The Coventry Climax derived engine loves to rev when tuned right and also powered world championship hydroplane racers - look up Andy Chesman. My engine is an ex hydroplane built to run a continuous 10500 rpm in its day. George Bevan won the BSCC three years in a row in the same Imp. Seriously underrated cars these days...

    Oliabi D-PriceOliabi D-Price3 mesi fa
  • That guy looks like tim shaw

    JoeJoe3 mesi fa
  • Imp engine is derived from the Coventry Climax fire engine pump engine. It's a little screamer of an engine.

    bunter6bunter63 mesi fa
  • Love Imps for some reason, this one looks great. Stick a bike engine in it :)

    Abo999Abo9993 mesi fa
  • My mum had one of these cars, never sounded like that, but was a reliable car. My dad had the van version, called the Husky.

    Chris FieldChris Field3 mesi fa
  • It's nice!

    dark matterdark matter3 mesi fa
  • The car looks sick

    Haresh ShivaprakashHaresh Shivaprakash3 mesi fa
  • A Renault 5 gt turbo would be a good engine swap, small little 1.4 nothing to fast but easy to get to 200 brake

    Jack GloverJack Glover3 mesi fa
  • How much cooler is this car than any new one?? 👍🏻

    etyresetyres3 mesi fa
  • Nice car, looks wank on bags though.

    Mark C.Mark C.3 mesi fa
  • This is before mini coupers were cool

    Viktor StoykovViktor Stoykov3 mesi fa