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Humber Reviews

Humber was established in Coventry in 1868 as a bicycle business. Thomas Humber’s company had moved on to cars by 1898, and between the wars, its products became known for being well-engineered and rugged. When the Rootes Group took over in 1930, it set up Humber as the luxury arm of its operation; the Royal family, Winston Churchill and Field Marshall Montgomery were all customers.

Big Humbers continued after the war but, not long after Chrysler took over the struggling Rootes concern in 1964, these larger cars were dropped and the smaller-proportioned Sceptre flew the flag for Humber until the demise of the marque in 1976, when the Anglo-French Chrysler 180 took over as flagship.

Good: Stately luxo-barge, effortless performance in Snipe straight-six form
Bad: Four-cylinder Hawk far less refined
Good: Plush Rootes Audax, with stylish new roofline and more equipment, Holbay tuned engine refined and punchy
Bad: A prime slice of sensibly-sized 1960s British luxury
Good: Capable solid saloon that looked good and went well in 1725cc form, nicely equipped and finished, estate version particularly appealing
Bad: Low survival rate due to poor build quality and apathy