1904 Humberette Royal 6½hp Cyclecar Registration no. D 1184 Chassis no. 2158L Engine no. B5772
Founded as a bicycle maker in 1868, Humber later became associated with Harry Lawsons British Motor Syndicate, from which it purchased the rights to various unlikely automobile designs dreamt up by American E J Pennington. Freeing itself from Lawson, the reconstituted company commenced motor car production in 1900 with the unconventional (front-wheel drive, rear-wheel steered) M D Voiturette. A more conventional range of De Dion-powered light cars soon followed, which was notable for its use of shaft drive in an era when chain was the norm for such vehicles. Four-cylinder 12hp and 20hp models, designed by Louis Coatalen, had been added by 1903, but that years most significant introduction was the Humberette. The latter was powered by a 5hp single-cylinder engine and featured two-speeds-plus-reverse transmission and, of course, shaft drive. It was the first Humber motor car to be produced in significant numbers, and it is a tribute to the designs fundamental soundness that so many survive today. There was also a 6½hp Royal Humberette and both versions were built at the firms Beeston and Coventry factories. Production ceased at the end of the 1905 season but the Humberette name would be revived in 1913 for a new v-twin engined cyclecar. First owned by the County Surveyor in Canterbury, Kent, this original Royal Humberette was restored by D J Wakeley in the 1960s, winning many trophies, while further work on the gearbox and steering was carried out in the 1980s. The car has taken part in no fewer than 44 London-Brighton Runs, always arriving within time, and has belonged to the same family for 30 years. It has a paid entry into the 2009 event. Described as in excellent mechanical condition and a good starter, D 1184 is offered with VCC dating certificate, old-style logbook, current road fund licence, MoT to 28th October 2009 and Swansea V5 registration document.
There is NO dating certificate for this lot. There is a letter from the VCC on file confirming the date of this Humberette.