If ever proof was required of Linwood’s legacy being alive and well, car collector David Lane is the man to contact.
A long time admirer of the Hillman Imp, David has owned 40 of the cars at one time or another – matching the number of years that have now passed since the closure of the plant.
But, unusually for a platinum tier supporter of Scotland’s most successful commercial vehicle, David Lane hails from Yeovil, a town situated at least two tanks of petrol away from the birthplace of his all-time favourite motorcar.
His love affair with the Imp began, coincidentally, in 1981, the year the plant ceased operation. However, David admits he was completely unaware of Linwood at that time.
“I acquired a Sunbeam Stiletto aged 17,…