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1937 Humber 12 Saloon
1937 Humber 12 Saloon
a 1937 Humber 12 Saloon b 1937 Humber 12 Saloon c 1937 Humber 12 Saloon d 1937 Humber 12 Saloon e 1937 Humber 12 Saloon f 1937 Humber 12 Saloon g 1937 Humber 12 Saloon h 1937 Humber 12 Saloon i 1937 Humber 12 Saloon j 1937 Humber 12 Saloon k 1937 Humber 12 Saloon l 1937 Humber 12 Saloon m 1937 Humber 12 Saloon n 1937 Humber 12 Saloon o 1937 Humber 12 Saloon p 1937 Humber 12 Saloon q 1937 Humber 12 Saloon r 1937 Humber 12 Saloon s 1937 Humber 12 Saloon t 1937 Humber 12 Saloon


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Estimate: £7,000 - 9,000
  • V5 Present
  • Chassis number: 1225459
The Humber 12 was the forerunner of the immediate post‑war Hawk series. It catered to an upper middle class clientele by offering a touch of luxury in a four‑cylinder car that was still quite reasonably priced yet stylish, with what Rootes referred to as 'controlled streamlining'.

This 1669cc black example was registered in May 1937, and while details on any work done to it over the years are sparse, the history file is nevertheless quite fascinating. It includes the current V5C, a 1930s' service parts catalogue plus other technical documentation ‑ both original and photocopied ‑ such as a service information on the Bendix‑Stromberg carburettor. There's a well‑preserved period brochure as well, plus 1970s' correspondence from Chrysler (which took over Humber) and a few photos of the vehicle at various points through its life.  

Especially nice for all those who prize period details is the original Humber‑branded envelope for the owner's manual, which also contains the original manufacturer's guarantee, a 'quick start' guide showing the dashboard layout and a May 1937 personal letter from Humber's sales manager to the new owner. There's also a photograph from the Western Morning News showing an old couple with the car ‑ we'll hazard a guess that it's the original owners reunited with it.

There's evidence that this car has had quite the TV and film career too, with a 2013 call sheet for The Imitation Game movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, a 2014 one for Grantchester (ITV) and 2015 ones for Jekyll & Hyde (ITV) and Close to the Enemy (BBC). A Google search also reveals it's been in The Bletchley Circle, Churchill's Secret, Foyle's War and potentially the Oscar‑winning The King's Speech too (albeit with a different numberplate) so whoever acquires this car can have a lot of fun spotting its on‑screen appearances.

Overall condition is good, although the paint is past its best in places on the body, and has cracked in some spots. The interior looks to have been retrimmed at some point, with the mid‑brown leather and the wooden dashboard in very good order. The odometer records the mileage as 80,074 miles.
The Humber 12 was the forerunner of the immediate post-war Hawk series. It catered to an upper middle class clientele by offering a touch of luxury in a four-cylinder car that was still quite reasonably priced yet stylish, with what Rootes referred to as 'controlled streamlining'. This 1669cc black example was registered in May 1937, and while details on any work done to it over the years are sparse, the history file is nevertheless quite fascinating. It includes the current V5C, a 1930s' service parts catalogue plus other technical documentation - both original and photocopied - such as a service information on the Bendix-Stromberg carburettor. There's a well-preserved period brochure as well, plus 1970s' correspondence from Chrysler (which took over Humber) and a few photos of the vehicle at various points through its life. Especially nice for all those who prize period details is the original Humber-branded envelope for the owner's manual, which also contains the original manufacturer's guarantee, a 'quick start' guide showing the dashboard layout and a May 1937 personal letter from Humber's sales manager to the new owner. There's also a photograph from the Western Morning News showing an old couple with the car - we'll hazard a guess that it's the original owners reunited with it. There's evidence that this car has had quite the TV and film career too, with a 2013 call sheet for The Imitation Game movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, a 2014 one for Grantchester (ITV) and 2015 ones for Jekyll & Hyde (ITV) and Close to the Enemy (BBC). A Google search also reveals it's been in The Bletchley Circle, Churchill's Secret, Foyle's War and potentially the Oscar-winning The King's Speech too (albeit with a different numberplate) so whoever acquires this car can have a lot of fun spotting its on-screen appearances. Overall condition is good, although the paint is past its best in places on the body, and has cracked in some spots. The interior looks to have been retrimmed at some point, with the mid-brown leather and the wooden dashboard in very good order. The odometer records the mileage as 80,074 miles.
  • V5 Present
  • Chassis number: 1225459
Estimate: £7,000 - 9,000
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