Outside the sun blazed down on the gravel sweep. The interior of the Hillman Minx was a Turkish bath. Bond's bruised hands cringed as they took the wheel.
"Well, then," Bond pressed the self-starter, "I guess that's the lot. Thanks. And thanks for everything else."
Bond put the car into gear and went off down the avenue of flaming tropical shrubbery. He went fast, scattering the gravel on the bends. He swung out past the sentry at the gates and on to the main road. He put his foot down.
Bond had enciphered a short signal to M via the Colonial Office which he had coolly concluded with:'REGRET MUST AGAIN REQUEST SICK LEAVE STOP SURGEON'S REPORT FOLLOWS STOP KINDLY INFORM ARMOURER SMITH AND WESSON INEFFECTIVE AGAINST FLAME THROWER ENDIT.'
Now, as Bond swung the little car down the endless S-bends towards the North Shore, he regretted the gibe. Oh, well! Bond swerved to avoid a thundering red bus with 'Brownskin Gal' on the destination plate. He had just wanted M to know that it hadn't quite been a holiday in the sun. He would apologise when he sent in his written report.
Ian Fleming, Dr. No, 1958
I used to own a 1960 Series IIIA Hillman Minx, a marvellous car, and wrote these pages about it. I don't have the car any more, but I thought it would be a shame to remove the web pages as someone might still like to read them.
There is a Contents List below, but, in general, at this site you will find Information & Articles about Hillmans, especially the Series Minx & Husky, something about My Hillman, and a plug for the Hillman Owners' Club.
As I'm often asked, here's another plug for a good place to get spares: Speedy Spares
A Survey of the Rootes Group (c. 1960)
My History of the Series Minx & Husky
Buying a Series Minx
and other stuff.
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