Lot 032: 1935 HUMBER 12 VOGUE DROPHEAD COUPE
"Born to become a style leader . . . this chic car marks the perfect union between artist and engineer" (Humber 12hp Vogue brochure). Introduced in 1932, the Humber 12hp was a neat, well resolved design. Based around a rigid ladder-frame chassis equipped with all-round semi-elliptic leaf-sprung suspension and four-wheel drum brakes, it was powered by a 1669cc four-cylinder sidevalve engine allied to four-speed manual transmission. Solidly built, the compact Humber was reputedly capable of 68mph and 25mpg. As well as a variety of more humdrum open and closed derivatives, the 12hp chassis also played host to the 'Vogue' two-door coachwork range conceived in conjunction with Molyneux of London and Paris. Arguably the ultimate 'Vogue' 12hp offering, the Three-Position Drophead Coupe boasted a number of unique features. Reportedly the only one of its kind known to the Post Vintage Humber Car Club, 'BKT 961' has been in the current ownership since 1970. Finished in maroon with beige leather upholstery, it is described by the vendor as being in "very good" condition with regard to its engine, gearbox, electrical equipment, interior trim, chassis, bodywork, paintwork and wheels / tyres (though, he notes that the clock is not working). The subject of an extensive restoration that was finished in 1993, the drophead is said to be "98\% original" and to have "won many cups for Best in Show". Apparently "retaining all its original tools and built-in jacks" (though, the latter are not currently fitted), this former Alexandra Palace concours entrant is offered for sale with correct type 'Vogue' Flying Lady mascot, MOT certificate valid until August 22nd 2007 and historic class (free) road tax.
H&H Sales Limited, The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse
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|Registration number||BKT 961|
|Engine capacity (cc)||1669|
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