Random # 122: Humber Super Snipe

UMPH thought he had a rough idea about Humber Super Snipes.  Turns out he was wrong; for a start, he didn't realise they were first manufactured way back in 1938 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humber_Super_Snipe).

The version shown here - possibly a Series II or III - was photographed in historic Oatlands, a sandstone village approximately one hour's drive north of Hobart, Tasmania, on the Midlands Highway.  It's more in keeping with the cars that UMPH remembers bearing the Super Snipe badge.

Late 1950s / early 1960s Super Snipes were still popular when UMPH was a boy living in Tasmania's second city of Launceston, in the north of the state, in the 1960s and early 1970s.  They were considered to be a luxury car back then but they were probably more likely to belong to a bank manager or a school headmaster than anyone particularly cool.

This particular example was in pretty good condition for its age (57 years, according to its helpful rego plate), with straight, rust free panels and good quality bright work and a tidy interior.  However, the duco was showing its not inconsiderable age a bit.



All iPhone images.

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