Humber Super Snipe Mk I
1945-1948, 3909 produced.
Saloon,4 doors,4 seats
A revised Hawk and Super Snipe range arrived in 1958 introducing unitary construction to Humber models for the first time. As with previous Humber model line-ups the new range started with the four cylinder Hawk, however it now shared the same basic bodyshell as the larger six cylinder Super Snipe.
The new body had an almost American appearance with a full width grille and substantial chrome bumpers. Inside the Super Snipe was well appointed, body styles included saloon, estate and a "Touring Limousine" version. The 'Snipe with its 2655cc Six was slightly underpowered so a revised 2965cc Super Snipe II, complete with front disc brakes, came in 1959.
Following the end of WW2 Humber hastily launched its mid-sized Snipe model, based largely on the pre-war Hawk model. Unlike the Hawk the new Snipe featured cruciform-braced frames and "disc" road wheels. The new Snipe had an 2731cc six cylinder engine and for those seeking more power a Super Snipe model was also offered.
The Super Snipe shared the same body and chassis with the smaller engined Snipe but featured a 4086cc engine developing 100bhp. Production of both models continued until 1948.
|4086cc||S6 SV||85mm x 120mm||6.25|
|Drivetrain||Steering||Front Suspension||Rear Suspension|
|Description||Auctioneer||Date||Hammer Price||Hammer Price
|669||Humber Super Snipe 4,086cc Estate Van||Bonhams||26 Apr 2004||-||£23000.00|
Staid of execution
|Publication||Classic & Sports Car February 2002|
|Staid of execution - It might have looked like a toby jug, but the Humber Super Snipe is surprisingly sophisticated. Richard Heseltine feels the width of a quality Brit.|