1926 Humber 12/25hp Tourer  Chassis no. 12517

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Lot 89
1926 Humber 12/25hp Tourer
Registration no. NE 9638 Chassis no. 12517

£ 15,000 - 20,000
US$ 20,000 - 27,000
1926 Humber 12/25hp Tourer
Registration no. NE 9638
Chassis no. 12517
Odometer reading: tbc
MOT: Exempt



*Highly original example
*1.8-litre engine; four-speed gearbox
*Good sound condition
*VSCC eligible


1923 was a significant year for Humber, marking as it did the adoption across the range of new inlet-over-exhaust engines (replacing the earlier sidevalve units) and the introduction of a new small car, the 985cc 'Eight'. Next up Humber's pecking order was the 11.4hp, an updated version of the pre-WWI 'Ten'. This too got an inlet-over-exhaust (IOE) engine in '23 and was further enlarged in 1925 to 1,795cc, becoming the '12/25', the latter figure approximating to the maximum brake horsepower. A four-speeds-plus-reverse gearbox was fitted.
Although progressive in its choice of engine, the company was more conservative when it came to chassis design, only beginning to offer front wheel brakes as an option in the mid-1920s. Five regular body styles were available on the 12/25 chassis, by far the most popular of which was the four-seater tourer that accounted for more than 50 percent of total production. Its price in 1926, the final year of production, was £440, a considerable sum at the time and one that reflected Humber's policy of producing cars of high quality for a discerning clientele.
A highly original example of the 12/25 Humber, this car features a new hood, tonneau covers and hood bag, and has good weatherproof wind-down side screens and an Auster screen for the rear passengers. New carpets have been fitted and the paintwork, nickel plating, and original leather upholstery are all in good condition. A nice sound motorcar and pleasant to drive, this VSCC-eligible Humber tourer is ideal for enjoying the freedom of the open road and better weather to come.

£15,000 - 20,000

Footnotes

  • Vendor Score Total: 63 /100

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    Key for sellers' assessments:
    1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
    2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
    3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
    4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
    5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

    EXTERIOR TOTAL: 16 /25
    Body Work: 4
    Paint: 3
    Glass: 3
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 3
    Wheels/Tyres: 3

    RUNNING GEAR TOTAL: 12 /20
    Gearbox/Clutch: 3
    Axles: 3
    Suspension: 3
    Brakes: 3

    INTERIOR TOTAL: 12 /20
    Seats: 3
    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 3
    Headlining: 3
    Trim: 3

    ELECTRICAL TOTAL: 6 /10
    Main components: 3
    Ancillary components: 3

    ENGINE TOTAL: 14 /20
    Starting: 4
    Running: 4
    Under Bonnet: 3
    Mechanical components: 3

    Car History File: 3
1926 Humber 12/25hp Tourer  Chassis no. 12517
1926 Humber 12/25hp Tourer  Chassis no. 12517
1926 Humber 12/25hp Tourer  Chassis no. 12517
1926 Humber 12/25hp Tourer  Chassis no. 12517
1926 Humber 12/25hp Tourer  Chassis no. 12517
1926 Humber 12/25hp Tourer  Chassis no. 12517
1926 Humber 12/25hp Tourer  Chassis no. 12517
1926 Humber 12/25hp Tourer  Chassis no. 12517
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