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Lot 105: Humber 9/20 Saloon

Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (27 November 2013)

From the dawn of the motoring age until the end of the 1970s, Humber cars were a very important part of the British motor industry. At first, high quality cars were produced at Beeston in Nottinghamshire and in Coventry; later production was concentrated in Coventry and a popular range of luxury light cars was developed which lasted into the late 1920s. As prosperity increased after the Great War, the firm introduced larger and more luxurious models and throughout the 1930s the catalogue came to consist overwhelmingly of large and stately cars as the Rootes Group used the Hillman marque for their cheaper offerings. The smaller Humber cars of the 1920s represented the epitome of upper middle-class expectations and every successful doctor, broker or bank manager aspired to the cachet of this solid and respectable marque. Typical of the breed was the delightful 9/20 of 1925-28. Powered by a 1.1-litre inlet-over-exhaust four-cylinder engine, the 9/20 was beautifully made and trimmed. A luxurious and comparatively large 280 saloon which, with an engine rated at only 8.3hp, is capable of over 50mph, was how Light Car & Cycle Car summed it up in a contemporary road test. This superb example certainly is beautifully made and trimmed, having been subject to a full restoration which was completed in the early 1980s. The condition of the car is testament to the quality of the workmanship, the Bedford cord interior being a joy to behold. It spent most of its early life around the Stratford-on-Avon area, with 19 old tax discs remaining with the car, the earliest dating back to 1934. It retains much originality, even down to the floorboards, although modern indicators have been discreetly added for reasons of safety. A copy of the handbook will tell the new owner all they need to know as regards to maintenance, whilst the car would be ideal for use on one of the many VSCC Light-Car events, enabling the new owners to feel both 'snug' and 'smug' at the same time.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number105
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£9000
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1926
Condition rating2
Registration numberUE 1736
Mileage-
Chassis number3617
Engine number3630
Engine capacity (cc)1057
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4