1966 HUMBER IMPERIAL
Registration No. JLC 104D
Chassis No. B884400091 BW HSO
Engine No. B884400091 BW HSO
Royal metalic blue with grey west of England cloth interior with leather inserts to arm rests.
Engine: six cylinders in-line, push-rod overhead, valves, 2,965cc, 132bhp at 5,000 rpm; Gearbox: fully automatic Borg Warner transmission; Suspension: independent front, half-elliptic leaf springs rear; Brakes: four wheel hydraulically operated, servo-assisted, disc to front, drums at rear.
Right hand drive.
In the 1960s the Humber division of the Rootes Group specialised in smooth-running, large, lavishly-equipped saloons and formal cars. They were keenly priced as in 1962 the Super Snipe Saloon cost £ 1,120 before tax, whilst the Jaguar Mk X saloon cost £1,673, and the bigger versions were in demand as executive transport for government departments and large corporations and private hire companies. Styling was transatlantic, with wrap-around windscreens and discreet tail-fins, while the Imperial was an early exponent of the vogue for quadruple headlamps. Interiors were richly upholstered, liberally carpeted, and there were walnut finished fold-out tables with reading lights for the rear seats. The Imperials were good for around 100 mph in quiet comfort. Touring limousine versions were available with division, occasional seats and additional cabin refinements.
This particular example was first registered on 4th January 1966 and supplied by the Rootes showroom in Piccadilly. Subsequently used as a reserve car to three Daimlers by Parkers of Kempton wedding car hire business from 1968-1986. In 1986 the current owner acquired the car and had a baremetal respray completed to a very high standard. Details of all journeys have been logged since 1986 and numerous shows and concours have been attended. Best of show being attained at the Post Vintage Humber Car Club event. It was also featured on the Humber stand at the Brighton Metropole Hotel event. The car has never been stored outside and is described by the vendor as being in A1 condition maintaining originality throughout.
A rare and excellent surviving example with only 66,000 miles on the clock. Believed three owners from new, this car boasts the superbly appointed West of England cloth upholstery and veneered wood trim interior of high quality finish. Recent work includes the fitment of Avon Turbospeed tyres and conversion to unleaded petrol by Humber specialists, Caldicourts of Pattishall. Excellent throught, this fine example represents one of the last products to truly do justice to the Humber name and is currently MoT tested until August 2004 and taxed until November 2004.