Lot 256 - 1959 Humber Hawk Mk. IVa Police Car
|Odometer reading||48,000 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £15,000|
|Result||Sold - £13,440|
Classic Police cars have proved an enormous collectable over recent years with some record-breaking prices achieved by this auction house for detailed Daimler Darts and other similar cars. The force have always had eclectic tastes when it came to their purchasing decisions from the humble Mini and Morris Minor through to the Rover 3500 in my day and right up to the modern BMWs and Land Rover Discoveries. The example offered here is one of the Humber series of cars, not the base model as you might presume but the top of the range Mk. IVa with the overhead-valve, 2,267cc engine and coupled to the existing four-speed column-change gearbox which now could be ordered with Laycock overdrive. The last of the separate-chassis Hawks was the Mk. VIa, which featured 'deluxe' paintwork and trim.
This overdrive-equipped Hawk VIa comes complete with removable front/rear 'Police' plates and working Winkworth bell. Originally used by just two enthusiastic owners, the car was exhibited in the Yorkshire Car Exhibition and then passed to established Rolls-Royce collector, Mile Berry, from 1983 right up to his death in 2011. For the last five years, it has formed part of a private collection in Hertfordshire. Used regularly at the Goodwood Revival, this tribute to the 'Boys in Blue' is described by the vendor as being in excellent condition and is complemented by all the correct Police equipment required for film/television work or simply enjoying the feel of a period Police car; right down to handcuffs, hat, whistle and the registration mark 'BUF 999'. Supplied with a comprehensive history file including a full 12 month MoT test certificate and many sundry service records, this charming window into 1950's law enforcement is in good order throughout and will always draw a bigger crowd than any modern supercar.
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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.