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(in alfabethical order of author)

Allan, R.J.
Geoffrey Rootes' Dream for Linwood / Robert J. Allan. - Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire U.K.: Bookmarque, 1991. - 112 p.
ISBN 1-870519-12-4 (13.95)
Over 150 photos; other illustrations.
Limited edition: only 1000 hardback copies
R.J. Allan used to be the archivist of The Imp Club. He gives a chiefly pictorial look at early production at the revolutionary new Scottish factory. An insight into Geoffrey Rootes' advanced production techniques, together with the publicity and the social impact.

Bullock, John
The Rootes brothers : story of a motoring empire / John Bullock. - Sparkford : P. Stephens, 1993. - 248 p., [32] p of plates : ill., ports ; 24 cm.
ISBN 1852604549
Subjects: Rootes Motors Ltd -- History; Automobile industry and trade -- Great Britain -- Biography.

Chambers, M.
Works wonders : rallying and racing with BMC, Rootes and Chrysler / Marcus Chambers. - Croydon : MRP, 1995. - 288p, [32]p of plates : ill : facsims, ports ; 23cm
ISBN 0947981942
Chambers, Marcus, 1910-
MRP: Motor Racing Publications
A competition manager recalls an historic era of motorsport
On Chambers' work during 1954 - 1969 with BMC, Rootes and Chrysler. Includes a chapter on the Imp. Profiles of drivers; aspects of the development of the rally cars; relationships between Rootes and private tuners such as Hartwell and Alan Fraser.
Subjects: Racing cars, Racing. History ; Automobile racing - History ; BLMC automobiles - History ; Rootes automobiles - History ; Chrysler automobile - History ; Automobile rallies - History

Marcus Chambers is one of the photographers who contributed to the Ferret Fotography very large motor sport archive.

Coulter, P.
Our Hillman Imp : a celebration / Paul Coulter. - Argyll, 2013. - 115p.
ISBN 978 1 908931 31 3
Linwood-and-the-Hillman_low.pdf : p.1-35 (Capercaillie Books)

Cowan, A.
"Why finish last?" / Andrew Cowan. - Queen Anne Press, 1969. - iii-xi, 129 p : 16 plates, illus., ports ; 21 cm
ISBN 362 002 2
ISBN 0362000522
Subject: London-Sydney Marathon

Davenport, J.
Rally! / [by] John Davenport. - London ; New York : Hamlyn, 1976. - 2-159p : 1 ill. (some col.), ports ; 26cm
ISBN 0600375706
Notes: Ill. on lining papers
Subject(s): Cars. Rallying, to 1975 ; Automobile rallies - History

    Works Team : the Rootes Competition Dept.

Dodds, A.
Making cars: a guide to Scottish car production / Alastair Dodds
This book will of course feature the Imp. In press (not published yet).

Frostic, M.
Works Team '65 / Michael Frostic

Frostick, M.
Works team : the Rootes Competition Department. - London : Cassell, 1964. - vii, 141p : img., maps, tab. ; 22cm

Frostick, M.
Works team : the Rootes Competition Department / Michael Frostick. - Coventry : Mercian Manuals, 1997. - vii, 141p : ill : facsims, map, ports ; 22cm
ISBN 0953072118
Subject(s): Automobile rallies; Rootes Group

Geary, L. (Leslie)
Rootes commercial vehicles : Commer, Karrier, Tilling-Stevens, Vulcan, Talbot, Singer, Humber, Hillman, Sunbeam Dodge / L. Geary. - Studio City, Calif., U.S.A. : Players Press ; Essex, U.K. : Ian Henry Publications, c1993. - 122, 36 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN 0887346308 (U.S.A.): 0860254488
Subject(s): Rootes Motors Ltd -- History; Commercial vehicles -- Great Britain -- History; Rootes automobiles -- History.

Griffiths, W.
    Ex-chief mechanic, Team Lotus. Formerly in charge of Imp development with Roger Nathan and Paul Emery

Tuning Imps / by Willy Griffiths. - Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire, 1996. - 45 p.; 21 cm. - (Nostalgia editions) ISBN 1-870519-42-6 (Paperback)
Originally published in Speed & Sports Publications, 1968 April. - 48 p. : b&w photos and line drawings and diagrams ; 8.5" x 5.5"
2nd ed. - [s.l.]: Speed and Sports, 1971 March. - 6" x 8" : 38 p. - Card covers. - ISBN 0-85113-052-6
Normal Price £3.99; W.H. Smith; The Imp Club Regalia

Imp tuning and modification data. The contents are made up of five sections dealing with engine block, cylinder head and transmission, carburettor set up, suspension and brakes. Plus a section on competition parts available at the time.
1st issue in 1968 under the Cars and Car Conversions banner. Consists of over 48 pages of Imp tuning details which include basic to full race tuning of the engine, transaxle, brakes, cooling and body modifications. Includes some period black and white photographs plus Imp tuning adverts of the day. Rear section details the Special Tuning items available at the time plus carb settings etc.

Hansen, J.D.
Imp tuning and modification / J.D. Hansen. - Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire, 1996. - 112 p.; 20 cm. - (Nostalgia editions)
ISBN 1-870519-43-4
Originally published by Haynes, 1968

Henshaw, D
Apex: the inside story of the Hillman Imp / David & Peter Henshaw; [Foreword by Tim Fry]. - Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire U.K.: Bookmarque, 1990. - ix, 164 p. - 2nd extend. ed.
ISBN 1-870519-02-7 (Out of print)
ISBN 1-870519-51-5 (another reprint for spring 2004)
1st ed. (1988) has only 148 p. - lacks chapter 10 and 11; chapter 9 is shorter.
Very extensive, a wealth of details. Rise and fall of the Impire and its specially build Linwood plant: the story of developing and testing the Imp and the improvements (and other changes) made over the years. Delightful anecdotes.
See also Tim Hayes' site

  How to market Imps   Rebuild an Imp gearbox

Hill, G.
How Rootes marketed Hillman Super & de-Luxe Imps : the confidential facts Rootes gave to the Imp salesman / G. Hill. - 2001. - 54p. ; b&w photogr. & draw. : 15x21cms
ISBN 1870519264 ($11.98)
(soft cover)
Compiled from an original Rootes Group publication "Confidential facts for the salesman", a comprehensive and fully illustrated guide, intended for the Rootes salesperson. It provided the information needed to extol the virtue of the second generation Imp.

How To Strip & Rebuild Imp Engines / by The Imp Club
ISBN 1870519361 ($5.98)

How to strip & rebuild Imp gearboxes : a step-by-step illustrative guide / Rootes ; The Imp Club. - 1998. - 64p. ; b&w photogr. :17x25cms
ISBN 1870519531
(soft cover)
For those who wish to make an attempt at overhauling the Imp gearbox (transaxle), this book will be of assistance. It was made using original material owned by The Imp Club.

Malkin, C.
How to Start Rallying / Colin Malkin. - Speed and Sports, 1970

Mason, C.
Uphill Racers / Chris Mason. - Bookmarque, 1990
ISBN 1-870519-08-6

   Millington orig.
soft cover edition of Tim Millington's
15 x 22cms

Millington, T.C.
Hillman Imps: tuning, overhaul, servicing / Tim Millington. - Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire U.K.: Bookmarque, [July] 1987. - 2nd updated rev. ed. - 168 p.
ISBN 1-870519-41-8 (Paperback); 1-870519-00-0
1st ed.: Oxfordshire Foulis, 1969. - . - 13 ill.: black and white technical photos and drawings, 44 diagr. ISBN 1-854290-97-4
3rd ed. 30 November 1995
Publishing by John Rose was delayed due to various reasons, including Tim Millingtons delay in delivering his new copy due to his work commitments. It was reprinted in 1995. It sold out again and was released again as a softcover [cover as shown].
A very comprehensive look at Imps: contents
(£14 or Hfl.51,25); W.H. Smith: Normal Price £11.95, £10.76 (10% Discount: £1.19); The Imp Club Regalia: £12

This manual was written by TC Millington and printed in 1969 by GT Foulis and Co Ltd. The author also includes details of modifications to the steering and suspension to improve handling. The book includes photographs and well drawn diagrams.
From:  Joe Robson, absjmr@b...
Date:  Wed Apr 18, 2001  8:42 am
Subject:  Davrian Book

Just received my Davrian to Darrian book and wanted to say how great it
is, shame I have to start work now...and at last I know that my Davrian is
a Mk 5 (with the obvious excentricities but more a Mk 5 than anything
else). A great catalogue of the whole Davrian history. Given me refreshed
enthusiasm to get it out of the garage!

If anyone has, had, wants or just plain loves the Davrian - the book is a

Morgan Jones, M.
From Davrian to Darrian - the illustrated story / written by Martyn Morgan-Jones. - Bookmarque, [Apr] 2001. - 180 p. - ill. : 180 photos
ISBN 1870519612
hard-back: £35
Relevant webpage on The Imp Club UK's site

Morgan Jones, M.
The British Saloon Car championship (1958 - 1972) : highlighting the triple-winning era of the Bevan & McGovern Imp / Martyn Morgan Jones; Foreword by Jack Sears. - 2004, September 27. - 192p. : 200 ill.
Hardback copies will be strictly limited to 500 (all numbered and casebound on art paper)
Driver interviews; Ice racing profile; Bevan history; Bevan Imp race by race accounts; etc.
This is the story of the only private team to win the British Saloon Car Championship on three consecutive years.
Jack Sears: famous racing driver, who won the first British Saloon Car championship in 1958 and then again in '63.

  George Mowat - Brown (cover)
November 2003

Mowat-Brown, G.
Imp : the complete story / George Mowat-Brown. - Crowood, 2003. - 216 p. : 8 page colour section, 150 b&w photos ; 246x189 mm
ISBN 1 86126 619 7
Crowood Press: "With the help of interviews with key members of the design team, and unprecedented research of official papers, the story of the design and development of this quirky little car is set against the complex commercial and political intrigue that surrounded it, making this book not just the story of a car but a fascinating insight into an industry in crisis."

Pitt, C.
Ultimate Hillman Imp / by C. Pitt
ISBN 1841553913

Robson, Graham
Cars of the Rootes Group / Graham Robson. - Croydon, England : Motor Racing Publications / Motorbooks International, 1990. - 192 p. : ill., ports. ; 28 cm. (11 x 9 x 0.8 inches)
ISBN-10: 0947981357 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0947981358

From the early 1930s until the mid-1970s the Rootes Group was one of Britain's foremost car manufacturers, producing and selling a multitude of models under the Hillman, Humber, Singer, Sunbeam and Sunbeam-Talbot badges.
This is the first book to bring the total Rootes model line together in one major reference book by one of Britain's most able car historians, Graham Robson.
To describe the background to and formation of the Rootes Group, the position adopted by each of the marque names in the Group's overall marketing strategy, and the manner in which widespread use was made of common components, in producing cars of widely differing character and appeal. He then discusses each of the five marques in turn. Providing individual descriptions of every model produced, backed up by technical specifications and production records. The result is a book of great breadth and absorbing interest, one which will be welcomed by all classic car enthusiasts, but in particular by the many thousands who today own and run one of the cars produced by the Rootes Group, prior to its absorption into the Chrysler Corporation and, subsequently, the Peugeot-Talbot combine.

Robson, Graham
Cars of the Rootes Group / Graham Robson. - ? : Mercian Manuals, 2007. - 195 p. : ill., ports. ; 28 cm. (10.9 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches)
ISBN-10: 1903088291 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1903088296

    Rootes Maestros

Robson, Graham
Rootes Maestros: In Their Own Words / Graham Robson. - Mercian Manuals, 2008 (November 14). - 360 p.
# ISBN-10: 1903088461
# ISBN-13: 978-1903088463

This book is published to celebrate 60 years of the Rootes Competition Department. We are pleased to announce that the author is Graham Robson whom, many of you will know, is an authority in historic rallying circles. This work is an attempt to correlate as much of Rootes competition history covering all the companies marques / models as possible.
It has within three different stories of three personalities (Norman Garrad; Stirling Moss; Marcus Chambers) of those great days when it was not all about money. The most important thing was to win for your great British company. There will be very many photographic images never before published, which will make this a unique and collectable item.

Thorpe, J.
The book of the Imps : a practical handbook covering the Hillman Imp, Singer Chamois, Sunbeam Stiletto and all Imp derivatives to 1971 / John Thorpe. - Minster Lovell : Bookmarque, [Nov.] 1997. - 21 cm. ; 80 fig. (drawings, cutaways, diagrams) ; 122 p.
ISBN 1-870519-50-7 Paperback, £9.99
Republished edition is a revamp of both earlier editions in a larger format.
1st ed.: The book of the Hillman Imp and Singer Chamois. - Pitman, 1966. - [Pitman's Motorists' Library]
2nd revised ed.: The book of Imps. - Pitman, 1972. - [Pitman's Motorists' Library]. - ISBN 0-273361-75-9
John Thorpe was an associate editor of Motor magazine.

Torrington, J.
The Devil's Carousel / Jeff Torrington. - Glasgow: Clays, 1996. - 226p.
ISBN 0-436-20174-7 (paperback)
A novel based on life at a car factory in Glasgow. The author worked at Linwood (telex sequencer, 1973-until Linwood no more). Many of the specifics have been changed. The car company and vehicle names have all been changed but it's about a car manufacturing site in Glasgow, owned by an American giant, in a town that is split in two by a main road and thatis connected by an overhead conveyer. The text on the rear of the book reads:-

The Devil's Carousel takes its readers on a memorial trip down the assembly lines of the Centaur Car Company. The journey frequently borders on the surreal and is studded with bizarre characters: 'Tombstone' Telfer, a man who believes 'smiling causes cancer'; Curly Brogan, a militant shop steward whose 'brute stinks' the men on his squad refer to as his 'after-grave lotion'; and the Martians-Centaur's top management, remote from the shop floor realities - who solemnly convene in the boardroom to consider how to build a car to the highest standards possible without letting the workforce in on it. And when the Devil turns up to claim his own, there are unexpectedly tragic consequences.


Rally Cars given the Works / Autocar. - Temple Press, 1983. - p.18-20

Road Tests : Book 1 / Autocar. -Autocar, 1970

Ladybird book of motor cars, series 4 and 5

Collections of magazine articles

Alder, T.
Hillman Imp and derivatives, vol. 1 : roadtests, articles, adverts / compiled by Trevor Alder. - Ipswich, Suffolk: Transport Source Books, 1992. - 101 p. - (Transport Source Books; TSB 016)
Reprints of selected articles, adverts and roadtests. The inside story of your car from leading UK motoring journals.

Alder, T.
Hillman Imp and derivatives, vol. 2 : roadtests, articles, adverts / compiled by Trevor Alder. - Ipswich, Suffolk: Transport Source Books. - 100 p. - (Transport Source Books; TSB 081)

Alder, T.
Hillman Imp and derivatives, vol. 3 : roadtests, articles, adverts / compiled by Trevor Alder. - Ipswich, Suffolk: Transport Source Books, 1993. - 98 p. - (Transport Source Books; TSB 114)

Alder, T.
Hillman Imp and derivatives, vol. 4 : roadtests, articles, adverts / compiled by Trevor Alder. - Ipswich, Suffolk: Transport Source Books, 1994. - 94 p. - (Transport Source Books; TSB 187)

Pitt, C.
Hillman Imp family : master portfolio / compiled by Colin Pitt. - Basildon, Essex: Unique Motor Books. - [Unique Motoring Portfolios]. - 76 p.

Pitt, C.
Singer Chamois family : road tests; service data; road research reports / compiled by Colin Pitt. - Basildon, Essex: Unique Motor Books. - [Unique Motoring Portfolios]. - 72 p.

Ginetta Cars 1958-2007 : limited edition Ultra : G2 G4 Formula 3 : G10 G11 G12 G15 G21 G25 G26 G27 G31 G32 G33 S4C/G20. - Brooklands Books. - 200 p.
Portfolio; 67 road test articles; many illustrations
Cover in black and white shows Ginetta G15 CTW 14G.

Books about related marques

Rose, J.
Ginetta G15, super profile / J. Rose. - Haynes, 1986
ISBN 0-85429-496-1

Rose, J.
Ginetta, the illustrated history / J. Rose. - Haynes, 1983
ISBN 0-85429-384-1

Ginetta Cars
Price: $19.95

Wotherspoon, N.
Lawrie Bond: the man and his marque: the illustrated history of Bond cars / Nick Wotherspoon. - Minster Lovell: Bookmarque, 1993. - 176 p.
ISBN 1-870519-16-7 (18.95)
An illustrated history of Bond Cars, covering the complete range, including the Bond 875.

Clan Cars (Crusader & Clover)
ISBN 1858474248
Price: $19.95

Bond Bug
ISBN 1858473659
Price: $19.95

Bond Cars (To 1969)
ISBN 1858472806
Price: $19.95

Bond Equipe, by Pitt C
ISBN 1841552879

Books featuring Imps

Allen, M.
British Family Cars of the Early Sixties / Michael Allen. - Haynes; Foulis

Bullock, J.
Laughter on wheels: a century of motoring humour / by John Bullock and Bob Sicot. - Coydon, Surrey: Motor Racing
John Bullock, former director of public relations for the Rootes Group, recalls the lighter side of life in the motor industry, aided and abetted by Bob Sicot, his opposite number at Renault, then Ford of Europe, who also drew the cartoons that illustrate this engaging reminder of the days when motoring really was a lot of fun.

Bullock, J.
The Rootes Brothers: Story of a Motoring Empire / by John Bullock. - Coydon, Surrey: Motor Racing
John Bullock, former director of public relations for the Rootes Group.

Dodds, A.
History of the Scottish Motor Industry / Alastair Dodds

Mason, Ch.
Uphill Racers / Chris Mason. - Bookmarque, 1990
ISBN 1-870519-08-6 (hbk)
History of British speed hill climbing. Supposedly the only book available on the subject. Includes Imps and derivatives successes in the sport

Robson, G.
Cars of the Rootes Group: Hillman, Humber, Singer, Sunbeam and Sunbeam-Talbot / by Graham Robson. - Croydon, Surrey: Motor Racing, 1990. - 192 p. ; 250 ill. ; 28 cm
ISBN 0947981357
A major work tracing the history of the marques brought under the Rootes family umbrella from the 1930s to the 1970s. With individual model descriptions and technical data, plus production records, engine availablity, bodybuilding sources and company results. £20.00
Robson, Graham, 1936-
Subject(s): Automobiles - History ; Cars, history ; Rootes Group - History ; Rootes Motors Ltd - History

National Museums of Scotland Guide (1995) in preparation


The Amazing Sports Car Journal / written and compiled by Jasper Wilkins. - 1973. - 64 p.
450 entries. Has information on Ginetta;
Low-volume British sports and kit cars from the 1950s to the dawn of the '70s. Wilkins is a pseudonym for journalist Peter Filby - Ivor Walklett mentions him in his interview with Octane Magazine of June 2013

Worthington-Williams, M.
The Scottish motor industry / Michael Worthington-Williams. - Princes Risboroughs : Shire, 1989. - 32 p. : ill. ; 21 cm. - [Shire album ; 238]
ISBN: 0747800383
ISBN: 9780747800385

Homologation papers

Hillman Imp Californian and Singer Chamois Coupé / Royal Automobile Club. - F.I.A. Recognition No. 5160; Group 1. - Recognition is valid from 1st July 1967. - 20 p.

Sunbeam Imp / Singer Chamois Sport. - F.I.A. Recognition No. 5161; Group 1. - Recognition is valid from 1st July 1967. - 33 p.


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