1904 Humber Olympia Forecar  Chassis no. 139476
Lot 224
1904 Humber Olympia Forecar
Sold for £34,500 (US$ 46,351) inc. premium

Lot Details
1904 Humber Olympia Forecar  Chassis no. 139476
1904 Humber Olympia Forecar
Registration no. GAS 112
Chassis no. 139476
*Successfully completed many London to Brighton Runs
*Offered with a bespoke covered trailer
*Also eligible for the Pioneer and Banbury Runs

Footnotes

  • With a background in bicycle manufacture, Humber began motor vehicle production as early as 1896, displaying motorcycles at 'The International Horseless Carriage Exhibition' that year. The production of Humber vehicles was carried on at both Beeston, Nottingham and at Coventry, there being some considerable rivalry between the two factories, the Beeston works being reserved generally for production of the more expensive models.

    "The Humber Olympia motor tandem is an ideal vehicle for two riders. All control is in the hands of the rear rider while the passenger is in the front, out of reach of dust and the exhaust gases, and conversation is easy. The front seat is most comfortably hung on springs and is excellently upholstered, luxurious to even the most delicate. The steering is unaffected by the absence or the presence of a passenger, and is easier than that of an ordinary tricycle." Thus did Humber describe their Olympia offering.
     
    For the 1904 model Humber dropped the 2¾hp air cooled engine in favour for a more powerful 3½hp water cooled unit.
    This beautifully restored forecar was purchased by the recently deceased owner in 1982 as a basket case. Many hours of restoration over the next 2 years saw the Humber entered for the 1984 London to Brighton Run. Successfully completed 12 Runs since, plus being a regular attendee at VCC rallies and gatherings over the last 20 years the Humber has been carefully maintained and always stored in a heated garage.

    A rare survivor of its type this tandem forecar, with its comfortable, coachbuilt front seat (incorporating a collapsing windscreen), is presented in Royal blue livery with sky blue coachlining and furnished with deep-buttoned blue upholstery, while ancillary equipment includes Lucas oil lamps and nickel-plated fittings.

    Offered with a good history file detailing its painstaking restoration, Humber handbook (copy), technical documentation, VCC Dating Certificate, V5C registration document in addition to a bespoke covered single axle car trailer. This Beeston-built Humber - as identified by the engine number's 'B' prefix - has not been used actively for the last 4 years but has been well stored and the engine regularly turned. The usual careful re-commissioning will be required prior to use on the prestigious London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Furthermore it is worth noting that 'GAS 112' is also eligible for the equally prestigious Pioneer Run, and the VMCC's Banbury Run.
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