Lot 251 - 1950 Humber Super Snipe Mk. II Drophead Coupé by Tickford
|Odometer reading||74,078 miles|
|Result||Sold - £21,840|
This car can be viewed in person from 14th to 18th July 2020 at our the auction site, Windsorview Lakes, Datchet, SL3 9HY
The Super Snipe Mk. II was announced in mid-September 1948 and was mostly redesigned in chassis and body. Now a full six-seater with a bench-type front seat, it was given a wider track and a variable ratio steering unit. 124 Mk. II Super Snipes were made by the Newport Pagnell coachbuilders Tickford and were equipped with streamlined six-seater convertible bodies, detachable panels enclosing rear wheels, and concealed door hinges. These were much more sophisticated than the Super Snipe open tourers which the firm had produced during World War II and which had been favourites with the military as staff cars.
Of the original 124 Tickford bodied examples, a dozen were earmarked for British Royal Family touring duties on the African continent. It is believed that only 26 of these handbuilt cars have survived, even fewer actually still being on the road as this rarity is.
This example having had just two previous owners from new comes to the open market from 39 years of single ownership. A comprehensive restoration was undertaken in 1984 and since 1992 the car has been used sparingly. Recently treated to light recommissioning this Super Snipe is presented in good order throughout. The paintwork shows some sign of age and use but is mainly very good as is the interior which presents very well. This car is offered with a comprehensive history file including pictures and invoices detailing the older restoration, sundry invoices, a magazine article featuring the car, and the buff log book detailing its early history. Said to be in good running and driving order, little work would be needed to get it back to its best.
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