Not only is this 1963 Humber Super Snipe barn find a potentially interesting restoration project, but it also has an interesting history.
1963 means it’s a Series IV model with a 132.5 bhp engine and a higher hear ratio on the rear axle from previous models. It also has a larger petrol tank, which now carried 16 gallons, and some trim differences including a Snipe bird badge on the grille, opening quarter-light windows in the rear doors and the rear window doesn’t wrap around as much as earlier cars.
The Super Snipe was actually produced from 1938-1967 with a 2651cc straight-6 engine which was eventually replaced by a 2965cc version. Manual cars had a three speed gearbox and by the 1960s, it had a top speed of around 95mph from the 3 litre engine. Only one further model was made before the Rootes Group, including Humber, were purchased by Chrysler. The American-influenced car managed 29 years of production, having originally had design contributions by former Studebaker engine specialist Delmar Roos.
This particular example was apparently bought in the late 1960s by a ‘titled gentleman’, and was stored for almost 40 years in a barn in Naseby Hall in Northamptonshire. So not only was the previous owner a member of the landed gentry, but the car lived at the home of the current royal family during the 1930s.
It obviously needs collection and a fair bit of work, but could be a great project, especially considering the history of the car. You have to wonder who might have been driven in it before it was laid up in a barn for the best part of half a century.
Prices for restored examples can range between something tidy for a bit over £6000, up to around £10-11,000 for something in good condition, so with the historical value, this could be a good investment. They’re only going to go up in price, and even modern celebrities have started buying them. Musician Jools Holland and broadcaster Chris Evans have both invested in Humber Super Snipe Estates, of which only 20-30 are estimated to still exist. At the time of writing, there’s plenty of time left before the auction ends on March 21st, and initial bids are only up to £205.00, so there’s plenty of room left to take a punt.