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Which car was best value - the Humber Hawk or the Humber Super Snipe?

Which car was best value - the Humber Hawk or the Humber Super Snipe?

Asked on 8 January 2019 by Peter Heeley

Answered by Keith Moody
These are the 'Series' cars - 1 to 4 for the Hawks and 1 to 5 for the Super Snipes. Both cars shared the same unitary body when launched: the Hawk in 1957 and the Snipe a year later in 1958. As for best value, well wood and leather featured in both cars. The Super Snipe was always regarded as more upmarket than the Hawk; especially the Imperial version that launched in 1964 featuring a lot of extra equipment as standard.

The main difference between the Hawk and the Snipe was the engine. Steve Lewis, Historian for PVHCC, says: 'The Hawk had a 2267cc 4-cyl engine developing 78bhp 22-24 mpg. Four-spd column change gearbox with overdrive and auto options. Initial leather but then Vynide upholstery with a bench seat up front. An estate version was also available.

'The Super Snipe had an advanced six-cyl engine of 2651cc capacity initially and then a year later to 2965cc. Over the production period of the cars from 1958 to 1967 the bhp went from 121bhp to 129.5bhp. MPG is around 18-22mpg. In 1960, the Ser3 Super Snipe had twin headlamps up front, the first British car to have this feature. Estate versions also available as was o/drive and auto boxes.

'Regarding which is the best value - from a pure mpg perspective the Hawk but for luxury, the Super Snipe. Today, our Club, The Post Vintage Humber Car Club manufactures a range of replacement parts for both cars covering chrome, rubber parts including screen rubbers and steel repair sections. Details can be found at 'www.humber.org.uk';.

Both cars are quite rare today; the estates even more so, so if you're after one you'll have to do some searching. The Club can help. Rust is a big issue on both but parts are available via the club. Mechanically, both are quite strong, though.
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