Hillman Hunter (1966-)

DEADWALKING

Lifting the veil on a Persian nightmare

REVENGE, they say, is a dish best served cold. If youíre a fan of the Australian-assembled Hillman Hunter and still sore at Wheels for awarding the 1967 COTY to Chryslerís VE Valiant Ė which the Hunter has totally outlived Ė then rejoice.

The British-designed family sedan originally competed against the Ford Cortina and was available in various bodystyles and engine choices.

While only a very basic pick-up known as the Bardo 1600i remains in production in Tehran, its maker Ė Iran Khodro Ė has stated that the Paykan sedan will soon reappear in Sudan.

Itís not the first time the Hunter has refused to die.

Pulling a Steven Bradbury, one achieved fame as the unlikely winner of the first London to Sydney Marathon in 1968 in the hands of Scot Andrew Cowan, boosting its fortunes in Australia Ė particularly in wagon form.

However, newer, cheaper, better-equipped and more reliable Japanese rivals like the Datsun 1600 eventually rendered the Hillman over the hill.

With the Hillman company swallowed up by Chrysler, itís a no-brainer that the Americans looked to replace it with the popular Mitsubishi Galant. But thatís now also dead.

Long live the Bardo!

49 YEARS

AGE IN HUMAN YEARS

348

AFTERLIFE

Iranís national car (or pick-up) refuses to die

HIGHLIGHTS

The sporty version was known as the Hustler

LOWLIGHTS

49kW, manual steering and no safety kit