Already the majority shareholder in the combined Hillman/Humber concern, Rootes completed its take-over in 1931. Under Rootes’ guidance, Hillman concentrated on models with mass-market appeal – the shortly-to-be-announced Minx would ensure the reconstituted company’s success – while Humber was pitched at a wealthier clientele. Humber’s first all-new model conceived under Rootes’ ownership was the ‘12’. Introduced in 1933, the ‘12’ was powered by a 1,669cc four-cylinder sidevalve engine that in enlarged, overhead-valve form would still be in production over 30 years later. Coupled to a four-speed gearbox, this versatile power unit went into an entirely conventional X-braced chassis featuring semi-elliptic springing at both ends and Bendix cable brakes. Pressed Steel provided the standard six-light saloon body while the range also included the two-door Vogue saloon, a tourer and a drophead coupé. In 1935 the ‘12’ was updated and restyled, gaining a new frame, an all-synchromesh gearbox and a more streamlined body with integral boot and vee-shaped radiator grille. Production ceased in 1937
This Humber 12 saloon was acquired by its previous owner some years ago and notably was used for his daughter’s wedding. The car had been regularly MoT’. We understand ‘VN 8086’ starts and runs, appearing original and eminently serviceable in all areas. With 43,000 miles showing, the interior’s patinated leather upholstery is original and in original condition, while the carpets have been replaced in the past. Of particular note are the dashboard and its instruments, which are original and most attractive. A nicely mellowed pre-war saloon from a quality manufacturer.
Offered at No Reserve on 18th May 2019 at Chiswick House.