Talk:Humber (car)

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Humber produced motorcycles in its early days.Seasalt 14:07, 28 October 2006 (UTC)

Second picture[edit]

The car illustrated looks to me like a Humber sceptre Mk 2 from about 1965, despite the original title in the article "Super Snipe?" and the picture description "Humber Sceptre Mk 1". I did a search for images on Google, and came up with, for example:

Mark 2 [1] and
Mark 1[2]

The difference in the front side lights is clear. --King Hildebrand 12:25, 20 January 2007 (UTC)

Help pls, with Humber identification[edit]

Humber small probaby from late 1920s.jpg
9/20 3-d tourer, sloping screen was considered notable

I think this car which I photographed in Belgium this weekend (Aug 2012) may be a Humber 9, but then again I'm not entirely sure. Is anyone able to confirm or correct my suspicion, please? And thank you. 13:26, 14 August 2012 (UTC)

Hmmm, well maybe it is but this is what this person thought it might be, a chummy 8/18 of 1924. Your fresh new crop of photos is of such fine examples - how do you do it? They all look as if bound from the manufacturer to their first showroom display. Your Humber matches exactly the photo in The Times of Friday Nov 3, 1922 page 5 labelled "Humber 8—H.P. occasional four-seater. Cost £275." though that example carries no petrol can or handy door mat. A fuller desc turns up in the Motor Show issue of the following year (page 18 Friday 2 Nov 1923) where the correspondent notes, among many details, that the carburettor is easily reached but no fan is supplied which might be counted a mistake in export markets. On Tues Sep 2 1924 a correspondent reported at length on the same car including "It is not over-light, but with two up the speedometer will show 40 miles an hour over rising ground and against a stiff breeze . . ." On Tues Jun 2 1925 there was a lengthy (test) report again though this time it is described as 8-18 H.P. Humber. The price is now £250 (2-str with dickey) and the tester indicated this may be slightly expensive for the product provided. To have had so much written about it over such a short period by The Times suggests the correspondent may have been subjected to the best efforts of super salesman Billy Rootes.
A 9-20 model was introduced in October 1925 and seems to have been the same car with a 2mm increase in cylinder bore providing a capacity of 1057 cc and carrying (3-door) saloon or touring bodies priced at £315 and £260. Might the car in your photo have had three doors? Best regards, Eddaido (talk) 01:39, 15 August 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the info. The identification maybe needs further thought from me, but I think that takes us in a good direction. I've been a bit preoccupied with nin-wiki stuff lately, but I might try and contact the gentleman with the Flemish sounding name to ask how he knows what he knows.
Thanks for the kind comments on my latest pix, though of course you didn't see the ones that didn't look useful enough to risk uploading. But finally we did indeed get a sunny weekend coinciding with a good sized oldtimer show: it was an overdue break, I say. For the first half of summer 2012 several shows were simply cancelled as field owner agonised about cars getting stuck in the mud. And many old timer owners avoid going out where there's a risk of rain, which of course makes much sense if you want to win the battle with corrosion and other forms of degradation. Charles01 (talk) 09:47, 15 August 2012 (UTC)