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Lot 668: 1926 Humber 12/25hp Four-seat Tourer

Collectors' Motor Cars and Motorcycles, Bonhams (3 December 2007)

Like so many of its contemporaries, Coventry-based Humber had graduated from cycle manufacture, through motorcycle manufacture to cars and indeed in the 1920s built all three forms of transport at the same time. Quality was the keystone of their operation and wisely they chose not to vie with the likes of Morris and Austin for the economy end of the market.

For their 1925 season Humber increased the capacity of the 11.4hp car to 1,795 cc and listed the car as a 12/25hp. In all its forms the car was particularly good looking, the vee-windscreen providing an instantly recognisable feature for the junior kerbside car-spotter, perhaps harking back a little to the elegant Edwardian era. The Humber Stand at the 1925 Motor Show featured both tourer and saloon models, all priced significantly ahead of the contemporary offerings from the more mass-produced Austin and Morris models. But then the Humber was more robustly built and more luxuriously appointed, attracting a more ‘well-to-do’ customer, from the professions rather than from trade.

This ‘time-warp’ car is truly remarkable and ‘just as we like to find them’ in every respect. Such patinated cars are becoming increasingly rare and justifiably draw the largest crowds at shows, as here is real history unspoiled by the restorer’s touch. The blue-liveried coachwork is gently faded while the original black leather reflects 81 years of careful, but not ‘cotton-wool,’ treatment. Thankfully the black lamps have escaped the electro-plater’s art, the car remaining in almost every respect to catalogue specification. Excellent weather protection is afforded by the beige hood and the sidescreens which so neatly fold away into the door panels. This car has been in the present family ownership for no less than 41 years, and it is a credit to them that they have resisted the urge to restore, the only minor concession to the 21st Century being the fitting of indicators for self-preservation in today’s traffic.

This most practical vintage tourer, sporting AA and Humber Register badges, is offered with a Swansea registration document, old style logbook and a recently issued MOT certificate.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars and Motorcycles
Bonhams, Olympia, London,
Lot Number668
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£8000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£9200
Condition rating
Registration numberYM 7190
Chassis number11970
Engine number3912
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors