Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
One of the shining stars of the 2014 Retro Show, this Hillman Imp is more than just a flawlessly finished restoration... it's got a frickin' bike engine in the back!
Converted by Z-Cars (who have all kinds of fun stuffing superbike engines into Minis and what-have-you), the rear of the car behind that chequerplate firewall has been gutted, spaceframed, and fitted with the motor from a Suzuki GSX1300R - the fabled Hayabusa, which kicks out a howling 160bhp-odd in standard tune. To make the Imp as light as possible it's been stripped of pretty much everything, with the interior featuring little more than a pair of minimalist Kirkey buckets and a custom mesh dash. There are lots of neat detail touches - the position of the exhaust outlet, for example, and those gulping side intakes - while the Imp's quirkiest feature, the opening rear window, suddenly becomes rather useful for getting to the engine. Very nicely done indeed.
Spotted at the 2014 Retro Show - click here for more photos.