Lot 298 - 1936 Humber Snipe Foursome Drophead Coupé
|Odometer reading||95,000 miles|
|Result||Sold - £2,240|
The Humber Super Snipe 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". Engine size was now raised to 4,086cc 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 drophead coupé has clearly seen better days but represents a fantastic opportunity to bring this majestic drophead back to its former glory. Finished in two-tone blue, it was purchased by the vendor in 1983 from a Mr Sparrowhawk of Banstead. The car was not in a roadworthy condition when purchased; the idea was to restore the car but has been stored ever since. Supplied with its original wire wheels and various trim items including retrimmed front and rear seats, door cards and side glass. This rare Humber three position drophead coupé is a significant motor car and will make a fantastic restoration project. Offered at no reserve. Please note the V5 is absent and will have to be applied for by the new owner.
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