1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413
Lot 133
Only two owners since 1950
1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater
Sold for US$ 148,500 inc. premium

Lot Details
1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413 1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413
1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater

Chassis no. 2411
Engine no. B5413

1.3 Liter Inline 2-Cylinder Engine
8.5bhp at 1,000rpm
3-Speed Transmission
Front and Rear Leaf Spring Suspension
2-Wheel Contracting Band Brakes


*Veteran Car Club of Great Britain dated, London to Brighton eligible
*Powerful 8.5 horsepower Twin-Cylinder engine
*Only two owners since 1950
*Former cover car of Motor Sport magazine
*Thoroughly restored in present ownership



HUMBER LTD.

Like so many of his contemporaries in the British motor industry, Thomas Humber set up in business as a cycle maker in 1868, before graduating into motorcycle, tricycle, forecar and motor car manufacture. Even airplanes were on the agenda at the time of Thomas Humber's death in 1910. The latter part of the 19th Century saw Humber sucked into the mighty H.J. Lawson empire, manufacturing motorcycles and De Dion Bouton-type tricycles, however by 1900 relations with Lawson were wisely severed and Humber Ltd. commenced motor car manufacture independently.

Famed engineering designer Louis Herve Coatalen, who would later be instrumental in Sunbeam's racing successes, was already by 1901 a key and influential member of the Humber design staff and by 1903 single, twin and four cylinder cars appeared in Humber's sales catalogues. Another major contributor was John Budge, who arrived on the team in 1904, and it was shortly after this that Humber began offering the model which we present here, a 'beefed up' version of their smaller cars, powered by a two cylinder, 1.3 liter engine, which was rated locally at 8.5hp. Driving through a three-speed gearbox and normally equipped with a four seat touring body, Humber marketed these cars at roughly £260, or the equivalent of $1,260. It is not known how extensive their production actually was, but very few have survived to this day.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This may well be the best known example of the model extant, and has a recorded history back to its earliest days. By the merit of the British license plate system, and knowing that the car wore the distinctive British license plate 'DL 39', this correlates to it being the 39th car ever to have been registered in the "DL" prefixed region of the UK, which is the Isle of Wight, a small island off the South Coast of England.

The Humber passed into its previous owner's hands some 65 years ago, in 1950, and would become a regular sight on the famed (now Bonhams-sponsored) London-to-Brighton Run in the UK. It completed no less than 40 consecutive editions of this event, on one occasion being photographed on London's Westminster Bridge and subsequently pictured on the cover of Motor Sport magazine in 1961. A copy of this issue will accompany the sale of the car today. The Humber was retired from use in 1991, and in 2000 the Brooks/Bonhams team were entrusted with its sale, at which point it left the UK and came into the present hands of a prominent US vintage car collector.

By 2000, the aging Humber was in need of restorative attention, which the current owner wisely undertook. Work included attention to the mechanicals, with parts replaced or refurbished as necessary, these aspects of the restoration being carried out by the late Jay Steele of Taylor Engine in Whittier, California. The aesthetics were handled in house, with paint refurbished to the extremely attractive dark blue and white scheme it wears today, and the upholstery handled by Costa Mesa Upholstery. To finish things off appropriately, the Humber received a new top in contrasting fawn cloth.

Today this important London-to-Brighton veteran Humber is extremely handsome and well presented, with all of its brass brightwork highly polished. Remaining in the two-seater form that it has been presented in for at least the last six decades, given its technical specification it would no doubt comfortably have the performance to carry additional seating, should its next owner wish.

In 2015, the London-to-Brighton event will celebrate America, encouraging American owners of Veteran cars and owners of American cars to participate, as such in the former category the Humber would be a welcome entry to return to this event.

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