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Hillman Avenger
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Hillman Avenger/Dodge Avenger. 1970–81 (prod. 650,000 approx. all types, incl. Chrysler and Talbot). 2- and 4-door saloon, 5-door estate. F/R, 1248, 1295, 1498, 1598, 1618 cm³ (I4 OHV). Contemporary mid-sized car from Chrysler with modern, coke-bottle styling and unusual “hockey-stick” rear lights. Mid-term upgrades with 1·3- and 1·6-litre engines from 1973. Exported as Sunbeam and Sunbeam Avenger to parts of Europe; Hillman Arrow to Venezuela; Plymouth Cricket to US, though short-lived there due to unreliability. Good handling for its day. Avenger Tiger limited edition in 1972–3 with twin carb 1·5, developing 92·5 bhp DIN, possibly numbering 600 in two series. Replaced by facelifted model, badged Chrysler rather than Hillman. Bodies made in Linwood, Renfrewshire, Scotland and freighted by train to Ryton. South African Dodge Avenger featured 1·6 Peugeot engine, due to local content rules, made from 1974 to 1976. Iranian production at Iran Khodro alongside Paykan from 1975 to 1981, with two- and four-door models, featuring the 1·6-litre Hillman engine developing 69 hp, but never developed the following of the earlier car.

Manufacturing location: Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Warwickshire, England; South Africa; Ťehrân, Iran

Marque: Hillman | Predecessor: Hillman Minx (1967–70) | Successors: Chrysler Sunbeam, Chrysler Avenger

q.v. Dodge 1500, Dodge 1800 (1973–5), Dodge Polara (1976–81), Volkswagen 1500 (1982–91)

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