It’s name implies a devilish spirit or a magical creature. The Hillman Imp is a bit of both by the nature of the innovations it brought to the British car market. While it would never match the production or sales numbers of its top competitor in the tiny city car segment, the BMC Mini, it did offer new features that were far ahead of its time. Consider its miniscule 875cc rear-mounted motor, one of its many firsts for a British production car, or that the inline four-cylinder block and head were made of aluminum. Plus, there were technological conveniences like an automatic choke for easy starting and gauges to provide key engine status measurement. All these features contributed to great success in both rally and touring car racing, a provenance that you will surely appreciate wherever you choose to roam with it.