HILLMAN CAR CLUB
OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA INC

ADL & Gazelle
Headlight Rims
HILLMAN CAR CLUB
OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA INC



The pictured car is a Hillman Minx Series IIIC Australian De Luxe (ADL).  This is a Rootes Australia derivative of the Singer Gazelle Series IIIC (with a Minx grille and Hillman badges).
The rim in front of it belongs to a Hillman Gazelle a Rootes Australia derivative of the Singer Gazelle Series VI (with a Sunbeam Rapier motor and Hillman badges).
The chrome strip widths are different ADL 17 mm, Hillman Gazelle 10 mm.

These rims are not interchangeable.  Although either one can be pushed snugly into position, they have incompatible fixing methods.  The ADL rim is secured with a self-threading screw at the bottom.  The Hillman Gazelle rim has only a clip at the bottom because protruding bodywork prevents access to where a screw hole would have been.  This clip is insecure, so some Hillman Gazelles have lost their rims at highway speed.

Both headlight rims appear in the respective Singer Gazelle Parts List books.  However, Singer Gazelles are quite scarce in Australia (relatively few were sold here), so the most likely source of spares would be from wrecked Hillmans.


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