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Minix Miniature Motorcars
by Doug Breithaupt, images by Chris Prior
Last month I included an image of a Triumph 2000 (right), produced in plastic, and asked readers to help identify the maker. Courtesy of Chris Prior of England, I now know this model to be a Minix, part of the Triang/Hornby group. Images and text sent by Chris, provide a more complete story about this little-known model-maker.

Below the wonderful color ad is a list of all the Minix models produced. At the bottom of this page is an image of two railroad cars, loaded with these interesting British cars. The text below provides some of the Minix story.

While most of the models were of basic British sedans, the inclusion of a Rambler and a Simca added an international flavor. The Sunbeam Alpine is the only car with any sporting style. What makes these models most interesting is that they include some of the more obscure British marques. Instead of Jaguar, Aston Martin or Rolls Royce, Minix decided to offer Hillman, Morris and Vauxhall. These cars of the 'common man' are all the more interesting today as they represent a British motorcar industry that is largely gone or owned by non-British companies. Of course Ford and Vauxhall (GM) were then, and still are, major producers in Britain.

RC1 - Ford Anglia 1964
RC2 - Morris 1100 1964
RC3 - Vauxhall Viva HA 1964
RC4 - Triumph 2000 1964
RC5 - Austin A60 Cambridge 1964
RC6 - Ford Corsair V4
RC7 - Sunbeam Alpine
RC8 - Hillman Minx Series VI
RC9 - Simca 1300
RC10 - Hillman Imp
RC11 - Vauxhall Victor 101
RC12 - Austin 1800
RC13 - Ford Thames 15cwt. Van
RC14 - AEC Relience/Strachans Bus
RC15 - Vauxhall Cresta PB Estate
RC16 - 4/5 berth caravan
RC17 - Rambler 770 Classic