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Lot 357: Humber Pullman MKI Limousine

Motorcycle and Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 November 2009)

Rootes completed its takeover of the combined Hillman/Humber concern in 1931. Under their guidance, Hillman concentrated on models with mass-market appeal - the shortly-to-be-announced Minx would ensure the reconstituted company's success - while Humber was pitched at a wealthier clientele. The company announced what amounted to an almost entirely new across-the-board model range for 1936, the larger Hillmans and Humbers benefiting from a new chassis design featuring 'Evenkeel' independent front suspension and vacuum servo brakes. Built on the same 124"-wheelbase box-girder frame, the Humber 18hp and similar Snipe were powered by 2.7-liter and 4.1-liter sidevalve sixes respectively. The Snipe was revamped as the Snipe Imperial for 1937, retaining its immediate predecessor's 10' 4" wheelbase and 4.1-liter engine while featuring a restyled range of bodies that included a sports saloon, drophead coupé and Pullman limousine with coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly.

Humber's Snipe Imperial limousine was much favored by high-ranking military personnel and government ministers during WW2, including Britain's wartime leader, Sir Winston Churchill. The Pullman limousine was a quality coachbuilt model designed to capitalize on the legendary strength of the chassis, which have been noted for the longevity and ability to retain the quality panel fit of the alloy body.

The 1947 Humber Pullman limousine offered here, subject to a restoration some years ago, is presented nicely in the inimitable black livery and wide whitewall tires. The interior is slathered with red leather upholstery to the chauffeur's compartment, while the passenger enjoys a sumptuous red cloth and burr walnut environment. There is a three position removable top to the chauffeur's roof, and electric divider window.

This increasingly rare car is offered in well-maintained, excellent driving condition.

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
TypeCar
Lot Number357
Estimate$40000-$50000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$40000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$46800
Year1947
Condition rating1
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Mileage-
Chassis number6729645
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