Lot 365 - 1938 Humber Imperial Three Position Drophead Coupé
|Odometer reading||11,862 miles|
|Estimate||£35,000 - £40,000|
The Humber Super Snipe is a car which was produced from 1938 to 1967 by the British-based car manufacturer and part of the Rootes Group. The 1930s car came with a 3498cc straight six cylinder overhead inlet side exhaust valve engine and a claimed power output of 80hp. The classic limousine style body featured rear hinged doors and in some respects resembled the Humber Snipe 80 with which it shared its engine. Humber, the manufacturer, lost its independence in 1931 when the Rootes Group acquired a majority share holding. A re-bodied Pullman with two-piece 'V' windscreen appeared in 1936 sharing the wheelbase of its predecessor but with the overall length of the car increased to 196 inches. Engine size was now raised to 4086cc while power output was claimed to be 100hp. The power increase was also evident from the top speed which now edged up to 75mph. In 1939, the Pullman was joined by the Humber Imperial or Snipe Imperial which shared the engine with the Pullman, the car nevertheless remained spacious and was favoured for use by British government ministers during the 1940s.
This stunning Humber Imperial drophead coupé has clearly been much loved and cherished although sadly little history is available. The red and cream coachwork is complemented by white wall tyres and a tan trim. The pre-selector gearbox functions well with no adverse noises or delays and the engine starts immediately when requested, running smoothly and quietly. Supplied with a V5 registration document together with an MoT test certificate valid until 1st February, 2014 this three position drophead coupé is a rare Humber and a significant potential investment.
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