Thomas Humber set up in business as a cycle maker in 1868, graduating like so many of his contemporaries into motorcycle, tricycle, forecar and motor car manufacture and even aeroplanes were on the agenda at the time of Thomas Humber's death in 1910. The name Humberette had first been applied to single cylinder voiturettes built in the 1903/4 era and re-appeared in 1913 following the return of designer Theodore James Biggs to the Humber fold from Arrol-Johnston in 1912. Amongst a plethora of cyclecars from many manufacturers the Humberette stood out as being well engineered and was powered by an air-cooled v-twin engine of motorcycle design and displacing 996cc. Mounted in a tubular chassis it drove through a three speed quadrant change gearbox to a live axle and bevel gear. Complete with windscreen, hood and three lights it sold for a competitive £125. The factory, along with many privateers, were to enter 8hp Humberettes in many of the then popular long distance trials with some success.
The old style buff log book with this car suggests that it was rescued for preservation in 1958 and in 1960 it was dated by The Veteran Car Club of Great Britain and issued with Certificate No.797. During the 1960s the car was MoT'd by Alec Norman (Garages) Ltd. of Gamlingay, Alec Norman being a stalwart of the VCC, and perhaps it was he who restored this car. The car came into the present family ownership some twenty-four years ago and, although used on occasion initially, it has seen little use in recent years although has been carefully maintained in a temperature-controlled environment. It is equipped with nickel fittings including French acetylene headlamps, Lucas oil sidelamps, a Howes & Burley oil rear lamp and a Boa Constrictor bulb horn. Dashboard fittings include a Stadium eight-day clock and the car carries AA and RAC badges and a badge indicating display in 1965 at the VCC London Section Kensington Gardens event.
Although started and run recently, and MoT tested, the usual checks and recommissioning are advised following a long period of minimal activity. This exceptionally attractive cyclecar is offered with a VCC Dating Certificate and dating plate, old style green logbook, Swansea V5 document and three expired MoT certificates.