Lot 262 - 1934 Humber Snipe 80

Lot 262 - 1934 Humber Snipe 80

Lot 262 - 1934 Humber Snipe 80

Lot Number 262
Registration NJ 2930
Chassis Number 25/5590
Engine Number 5436
Odometer reading 51,000 miles
Estimate £13,000 - £16,000

The Humber Snipe was a four-door luxury saloon introduced in 1930 as a successor to the Humber 20/55hp at the same time as the similar but slightly longer Humber Pullman. The Snipe or Snipe 80 featured a 3498cc six-cylinder engine with the overhead-inlet, side-exhaust valve gear that had been a feature of the company's six-cylinder engines since the mid-1920s. The four speed transmission had a righthand change lever until 1931 when it moved to the centre of the car facilitating the production of lefthand drive examples. The shutters on the radiator grille were opened and closed thermostatically to control the flow of cooling air. For 1933 the engine was redesigned to have overhead valves producing an extra 5bhp. In 1931 a fleet of Snipes were used by the Prince of Wales on his tour of the West Indies.

This Humber Snipe 80 was supplied originally to Mr. Badlian of Harrow. After his passing away, the car stood in a garage for some 40 years whereupon it was 'discovered' and once again, saw the light of day; naturally after being stored for this amount of time, it was in a sorry state and needed a total restoration. The car eventually found its way to the current vendor in 2004 who spent many hours enthusiastically completing the restoration, although the original leather seats were retained. A comprehensive collection of photos show the car in various stages of the works with the final result, a rather splendid Snipe 80. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a full year's MoT test certificate together with instruction book and a number of receipts, this is a great opportunity to purchase a pre-war classic representing an ideal investment for the prudent collector.  

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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