Lot 220 - 1966 Humber Imperial
|Odometer reading||14,500 miles|
|Result||Sold - £3,920|
In October 1964, the final Humber Super Snipe Series V version of the Saloon saw an upper body restyle with a flat roofline and rear window, six-light side windows and a larger, taller windscreen. Twin Zenith Stromberg 175CD carburettors were fitted along with a Harry Weslake tuned cylinder head, increasing the power to 137.5 bhp, and synchromesh was fitted to all ratios in the gearbox. Major modifications were made to front and rear suspensions and they required less maintenance. Intended to match BMC's Rolls-Royce engined Vanden Plas Princess 4-litre R, the Imperial shared the basic specification and performance of the Super Snipe with the addition of a vinyl roof, fully reclining front seats, automatic transmission and hydrosteer power steering as standard. However, a manual three-speed transmission could be ordered. The car also featured electrically adjustable rear shock absorber settings, a separately controlled rear passenger heater and optional West-of-England cloth-trimmed seats as well as many smaller amenities such as individual reading lamps.
This 1966 Humber Imperial was purchased by the vendor in 2015 from a gentleman who acquired it in 1998 and while in his ownership, he had the bodywork gone through and the car repainted. The current owner has had a full service carried out, replaced the radiator hoses, new front shock absorbers, new tyres and fitted new carpets to the car and boot. Finished in blue with blue vinyl roof and tan leather interior, this Humber Imperial is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in July 2017 and a file containing some old invoices, old MoT test certificates and magazine articles compering the Imperial with the Princess 4-litre R. The distinguished coachwork is by Thrupp & Maberly and the sales brochure describes the Imperial as one of the world's most luxurious cars, 'a new conception of executive luxury'. A very good alternative to a 1960's Rolls-Royce.
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