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Minx . . . Bill Sheddon has totally restored this 1962 Hillman Minx. PHOTO: JENNY DILLNER

While on the lookout for a Sunbeam Rapier, Bill Sheddon of Gore found the 1962 Hillman Minx convertible and changed his mind.

Mr Sheddon said it was too rare a find to pass up, so he bought it instead.

“Although the car was full of rust, it would have been sacrilege to scrap it, so we restored it.”

After buying the Minx in 2010, Mr Sheddon spent two years restoring the car and got it back on the road in 2012.

Originally from Dunedin, the car had been stored in a garage for 20 years, before the owner made the decision to sell.

The manual Minx has a 1725cc motor, disc brakes in the front, and has been lowered a bit.

The car has been completely redone with new carpets, upholstery and convertible top.

“Since putting in the reconditioned motor we have put 6000 miles (9656kms) on the clock travelling all over the North Island.”

In 2012 the Hillman Minx won overall car at a Hillman Hunter car club in the North Island at Stratford.

“We spent 3 months in the North Island towing the Hillman behind our motorhome, stopping and exploring the countryside.”

“It is a great car to drive, we have had a lot of fun and we enjoy going to rallies,” Mr Sheddon said.