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Founded in the late 1890's by Thomas Humber the Humber motor company initially produced light-cycle cars after manufacturing bicycles for many years. By 1908 Humber was producing models from two factories and was establishing itself as a luxury-car manufacturer to rival other companies such as Rover, Wolseley and Armstrong Siddeley.

By the 1930's Humber had become the flagship and backbone marque of the Rootes Group. The 1940's brought the famous Super Snipe model which would become a favourite official car amongst British Generals and politicians. Humber enjoyed a successful period during the 50's and 60's and sadly fell victim to Rootes rationalisation in the early 1970's.

Source: Motorbase

One of the earliest of English cycle makers was Thomas Humber who by 1878 was established at Beeston, Nottinghamshire, his bicycles and tricycles soon acquiring a reputation for their sound quality. Additional works were later opened in Coventry and it was here in 1896 that it was planned to produce motor vehicles: these being the three-wheeled Léon Bollée voiturette made under license. A factory fire delayed production but examples of the 'Coventry Motette' were on the road by the end of the year. A number of other light vehicles were built up to 1901, but few if any made it beyond the prototype stage.

From then on various conventional cars were available but it was the introduction of the single-cylinder Humberette in 1903 that secured the standing of Humber as a manufacturer of motorcars.

Source: Society of Automotive Historians in Britain

Models produced by Humber

10

10

1907-1907

10

10

1914-1916

10/12

10/12

1905-1907

11

11

1912-1912

11.4

11.4

1922-1925

12

12

1910-1911

12

12

1933-1934

12

12

1935-1937

12 Sports Tourer

12 Sports Tourer

1933-1934

12/25

12/25

1925-1927

14

1904-1904

14

14

1912-1912

14

14

1914-1916

14/40

14/40

1927-1929

15

15

1907-1907

15.96 15/40

15.96 15/40

1919-1928

16

16

1938-1940

16/24

16/24

1910-1911

16/50 / Snipe

16/50 / Snipe

1930-1932

16/60

16/60

1932-1933

16/60

16/60

1934-1935

16hp

16hp

1910-1920

18

18

1935-1937

20

20

1908-1909

20/55

20/55

1927-1928

20/65

20/65

1929-1930

25

1904-1904

5 Humberette

5 Humberette

1904-1904

6/50

6/50

1929-1929

8

8

1902-1902

8 1/2

8 1/2

1904-1904

8/10 Coventry

8/10 Coventry

1905-1905

8/18 Chummy

8/18 Chummy

1922-1925

9/20

9/20

1925-1928

9/28

9/28

1929-1930

Hawk Mk I

Hawk Mk I

1945-1947

Hawk Mk II

Hawk Mk II

1947-1948

Hawk Mk III

Hawk Mk III

1948-1950

Hawk Mk IV

Hawk Mk IV

1950-1952

Hawk Mk V

Hawk Mk V

1952-1955

Hawk Mk VI

Hawk Mk VI

1954-1956

Hawk Mk VIA

Hawk Mk VIA

1956-1957

Hawk Series I

Hawk Series I

1957-1959

Hawk Series IA

Hawk Series IA

1959-1960

Hawk Series II

Hawk Series II

1960-1962

Hawk Series III

Hawk Series III

1962-1964

Hawk Series IV

Hawk Series IV

1964-1967

Imperial Mk II

Imperial Mk II

1949-1953

Imperial Mk IV

Imperial Mk IV

1953-1954

New Imperial

New Imperial

1964-1967

Pullman

Pullman

1930-1935

Pullman

Pullman

1936-1939

Pullman Mk I

Pullman Mk I

1945-1948

Pullman Mk II

Pullman Mk II

1948-1950

Pullman Mk III

Pullman Mk III

1951-1953

Pullman Mk IV

Pullman Mk IV

1953-1954

Sceptre I

Sceptre I

1963-1965

Sceptre II

Sceptre II

1965-1967

Sceptre III

Sceptre III

1967-1976

Snipe

Snipe

1936-1937

Snipe

Snipe

1938-1940

Snipe

Snipe

1945-1948

Snipe 80

Snipe 80

1930-1935

Super Snipe

Super Snipe

1939-1940

Super Snipe Mk I

Super Snipe Mk I

1945-1948

Super Snipe Mk II

Super Snipe Mk II

1948-1950

Super Snipe Mk III

Super Snipe Mk III

1950-1952

Super Snipe Mk IV

Super Snipe Mk IV

1952-1956

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