1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater  Chassis no. 2411 Engine no. B5413
Lot 220* N
1904 Humber 8.5HP Twin-Cylinder Two Seater
Sold for £61,980 (US$ 82,913) 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
* Veteran Car Club of Great Britain dated
* Entered for the 2017 London to Brighton Run
* 8½hp Twin-Cylinder engine
* Formerly U.K. Registered DL 39

Footnotes

  • 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 larger version of their smaller cars, powered by a twin-cylinder, 1.3-litre engine, which was rated at 8½hp. Driving through a three-speed gearbox and normally equipped with a four seat touring body, Humber marketed these cars at £260. It is not known how extensive their production actually was, but very few have survived to this day.
     
    A well-known example of the model it has a recorded history back to its earliest days. Originally registered 'DL 39', this being the 39th car registered on the Isle of Wight.
     
    The Humber passed into its penultimate owner's hands some 67 years ago, in 1950, and following an extensive restoration would become a regular sight on the London to Brighton Run. It completed no less than 40 consecutive Runs, on one occasion being photographed on Westminster Bridge and subsequently pictured on the cover of Motor Sport magazine in 1961, a copy accompanies the car. The Humber was retired from use in 1991, and sold at a Bonhams auction in 2000 to a prominent US vintage car collector. At that time the aging Humber was in need of restoration, and this was entrusted to Californian restorer the late Jay Steele; work included attention to the mechanicals, with parts replaced or refurbished as necessary. The cosmetic restoration was completed by the vendors mechanic with paint finished in dark blue and white, and the upholstery completed by Costa Mesa Upholstery; a new soft top was also made in contrasting fawn cloth.
     
    Recently recommissioned and entered for this year's London to Brighton Run following a period of display within a US private museum. Today this pretty veteran Humber remains extremely handsome and well presented, with all of its brass brightwork highly polished. Although 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.

    Please note a reduced rate import duty of 5% is payable if remaining within the EU.
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