Humber launched its first model to feature an overhead valve engine in 1952, the new Super Snipe IV. The new engine measured 4138cc and featured seven main crankshaft bearings and produced 116bhp. Another welcome new feature was the all-synchromesh gearbox which could be specified with an overdrive option.
The new 'Snipe also had revised styling which looked lighter and less formal than the outgoing Super Snipe III, the interior was well appointed and included a handsome wood dashboard. The usual Super Snipe bodystyles were available comprising of either saloon or touring limousine.