V.I.S.I.T. – Spawn of Scottish Militant Left-wing Shipbuilders Edition

I’ve written about the troubled but awesome Imp before, but I’ve never seen one off the track (where they’re less troubled and more awesome, generally speaking). And then this little bastard comes into view, parked in my new mecca for automotive randomness, Ballard.

Standing next to one really brings the proportions into focus. The beltline is at limbo level for little people, and the greenhouse is immense, like a miniature popemobile. Somehow, the cartoon proportions work for me, and I know the Imps are screamers in the right state of tune, weighing slightly less than a small Shetland pony but with that tiny four-banger hanging on out back for dear life. Honestly, this seafoam green patina doesn’t work for me like a nice shiny respray would, but maybe I’m in the minority here.

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  1. formulaphoto Avatar

    I want one of these so bad to go along with my Mini!

  2. soo΄pәr-bādd75 Avatar

    I could totally rock that. That is just completely cool beyond words. I love it.

    1. Han_Solex Avatar

      I "get it" with some vehicles … a cool old lowered truck hiding a 454 under the hood could stand a little patina for the sleeper factor. But an Imp just looks like some old random beater with this kind of haze. Cleaned up they look great. But generally, unless it's an old truck, I like at least a semblance of nice-ness.

  3. damnelantra™[!] Avatar

    alright, ill admit thats a damn file little scoot-about

  4. scroggzilla Avatar

    A BMC tag?! On a Rootes Group product?!?!?!

    1. Han_Solex Avatar

      Er … it was an ironic "BMC" tag …?

  5. Bret Avatar

    Where else but Ballard would an Imp be pimp? We are lucky up here in the Pacific Northwet; our cars don't rust as much as become enveloped in moss.

  6. engineerd Avatar

    Imps are pretty cool little beasts. Plus, they show the world that you don't need to compensate. Or, at least, that you are comfortable with your puny…feet.
    Of course, if you don't have puny feet, or you're not comfortable with them, you could 'Busa it. Or GSXR it. Or, if you don't want to bastardize the family lineage, a Peugeot motorcycle engine.

    1. dustin_driver Avatar

      Ah yes. But a 'Busa swap would be so plebeian. Why not a Gold Wing flat six? Smooth, refined power.
      Marginally related: If I were ever to create a death-kart or killer micro-roadster, I'd drop a Honda V-4 in it. They just sound so much better than 'Busa mills.

      1. CptSevere Avatar

        Or a Yamaha V-Max. Ever hear one of those with loud pipes? They sound like some warped miniature small block V8 ready to fly apart.

    2. soo΄pәr-bādd75 Avatar

      Or a small block Chevy on place of a back seat.

  7. dustin_driver Avatar

    The back window opens up. Tremendous.

  8. coupeZ600 Avatar

    My Volvo 145 came from Ballard! While we were driving around Seattle with my buddy, I asked where all the cool cars were. He said there were thousands, but they were all garaged for what passes as Winter in Seattle. "Wait 'til we get to Ballard though, tons of cool stuff there." He was right.

    1. Han_Solex Avatar

      Had the seatbelt been dangling out of the front door, I most assuredly would have taken a picture of it. That's by far my favorite AL skit.

    2. eccramer Avatar

      Jeeze, I was about to head to Youtube to dig up that skit after I saw Ballard mentioned in the story. Hooniverse is now officially more awesome than any other website I've been to (which means I should post here more often). John Keister FTW!

      1. coupeZ600 Avatar

        Dang! My daughter always leaves the buckle out the door when she gets out. Removes all doubt that I'm a Dumb-Ass……

  9. Armand4 Avatar

    Holy crap. Mr. Solex, my hat is off to you. Even I, who have taken up the mantle of "your friendly local Rootes Group weirdo," have never seen an Imp on the street. Looks like I need to go to Ballard.
    P.S. I have a friend who keeps trying to sell me an Imp.
    No, I don't think it's a good idea.

  10. nofrillls Avatar

    Sea foam green on this adorable little spud is juuuuust fine.