Other Makes : Californian For Sale

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Brampton, ON, Canada
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Description Other Makes : Californian

1956 Hillman Californian
The Hillman Minx Californian was conceived for the American
market. The USA was always a big target for British car firms in the aftermath
of WW2 and Hillman had a head start on its competitors thanks to
Studebaker-inspired styling by American Raymond Loewy.
As its name suggested the Californian coupé was designed to
target the 'personal coupe' market with a car that young couples could buy for
a very reasonable outlay. In essence, it was a Minx convertible with a
permanent hardtop attached. The top half of the car featured a split
three-piece rear window that was very eye-catching and with a
B-pillar that wound down out of
sight along with the rear side window to give an unbroken window line when all
windows were fully opened. Over here, this design was called a “Hardtop
Convertible” or simply a “Hardtop”.
This car sat in storage for decades, owned by a
British car collector and mechanic who had a large collection of cars stored waiting
the day when he would restore them.  As
is often the case, he never got to most of them.  When I found it he had lost his storage and
had dozens of cars sitting in a field which he had just been asked to vacate as
it had just been sold to a developer. The fellow assured me it would start and
probably drive but wouldn’t have brakes. 
He told me he drove it into the field. 
I bought the car after he actually got it running!  I brought it home and took it to a storage
place that was actually a converted, old, chicken barn.  Again it sat on dirt but I put a heavy
plastic sheet under it.  That was close
to 4 years ago.  After some serious heath
problems and being well into my 70’s, I have to admit that I’ll never get to it
either so got to go. My wife, the practical one, points out the waste of paying
monthly storage just so I can dream about restoring it, knowing it will never
happen. To save the storage cost and to make it easier to show, I brought it
home. It now sits outside in my driveway.
The tires were all pretty well shot. I will
find and put on a set that will be suitable for moving it around and for
loading it.  I’ve had it running once
since I’ve owned it, to move it to another part of the chicken barn. I don’t
have a six-volt battery but, if I can, I will try to get it running.  I ran it off a can of gas because that’s the
way he did it. You can expect the gas tank will be mostly varnish and gunk
inside after all these years.
You can also expect the underside to have some
serious rust issues though I haven’t looked closely.. The rocker panels are
toast and there’s rust in parts of the fenders. 
Amazingly, the trunk floor is fine, as is the doors, the hood and the
trunk lid. Even more amazing is the fact that all the stainless trim is
virtually excellent and the chrome is generally very good. The doors open and
close solidly and all the windows roll up and down.  All the glass is virtually perfect and the
interior is in such decent shape that it would be fine to use it just the way
it is!  The dash board, like all the rest
of the car, is dirty but looks remarkably well preserved and shiny under the
dirt. The parts I’ve tried to clean up have come up “driver quality” or maybe
better!  With the exception of a broken
tail light lens (thank the owner of the chicken barn) and possibly the horn ring
which I haven’t found yet, the car is ALL THERE!  Including the jack and the crank handle.  I have the keys and a clear title to the car.
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bids will be cancelled.  Negative feedback bidder's bids will be blocked. 
A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required within 24 hours of the sale. 
PayPal preferred.  The balance must be received within 7 days or the buyer
will be reported and the vehicle re-listed.  The car does not leave its
present location until the selling price is paid in full and irreversibly in my
bank account. There will be no exceptions!  The car is sold as is, where
is, with no warranties expressed or implied.  Please examine the pictures
carefully and ask your questions before you bid.

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