Humber 14/40 Six Light Saloon 1927 for sale

2019 Feb 05
£ 16,950


1927 Humber 14/40hp Six-Light Saloon -

Absolutely superb - this is a delightful original car

Definitely not for restoration but absolutely gorgeous for continued use as it is...

Bedford Cord interior with the most elaborately decorated trim to doors

MUST be seen – visitors by appointment

Matching numbers Owner-Driver saloon

2050cc inlet over exhaust 4-cylinder engine with interesting adjustable single Cox carburettor


Seven silk blinds to doors and windows

Hand grab handle tassels to both sides to rear - for the nervous passenger

All doors have the railway carriage clunk to close them - all closing fair and square with no door hinge drop

Original car, registered 30th April 1927

Engine rebuilt just prior to current ownership in 2005

Under 400 miles / year since engine rebuild in 2004

Total of 5000 miles since 2005

Oxford Blue / Black

Simply gorgeous Cord interior, tassels, 7 silk blinds - amazing

Opening Vee-windscreens

Smokers' roof light

Flower holders - an exquisite feature

Bone door handles to all 4 doors

Overhead storage netting to front and rear

Vacuum wipers to both of the vee windscreens


Overall length 13’9”

Overall width 5’ 7”

Wheelbase 9’ 8”

Track 4’ 8”

Notable is the manufacturer’s desire to this day of filling the radiator with soft water – see photo!

PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR EARLY VIEWING of this extremely desirable vintage saloon


Humber Ltd of Humber Road Coventry – after Thomas Humber - was a highly respected manufacturer, listed on the Stock Exchange in 1887 as a British manufacturer of cycles, motorcycles, and lastly motor cars from 1896.

Announced on October 1st 1926 for the 1927 season, the attractive 14/40hp was a medium sized saloon of some quality with a 2050cc inlet over exhaust 4-cylinder engine, essentially a scaled down version of the larger 6-cylinder 3075cc 20/55 model with 4-wheel brakes.

2,240 of the 14/40hp model were produced by the Coventry factory from 1926 to 1929. With a bore of 75mm and stroke of 116mm, the engine provided good torque being a traditional long-stroke motor. A top speed of 60 mph was possible in a fair wind. Wheelbase is 9’8” with a track of 4’ 8” – only ½” short of the English railway pioneer George Stephenson’s 4’ 8 ½” standard gauge railway - and so a stable choice of track width for a medium sized motor car!

Hard to believe, front wheel brakes were distrusted by Humber on many models up until 1927 – no doubt in the continued belief that front wheels had enough to do steering the car to have the extra responsibility of retarding forward motion too, the rear wheels being in charge of forward progress and slowing down…!

In 1928 Humber’s chairman Stanley Brotherhood reported a loss for the second year running. Describing Humber cars division as being a product of distinctive class, he told a special meeting of shareholders of the exceedingly good performance of a 14/40 having just crossed 4500 miles of central Europe which included some of the worst roads in the Balkans by a Mr J W Fitzwilliam and his brother.

A year later in 1928 the Rootes brothers acquired a 60% share and therefore control of Humber and then amalgamated the company through their involvement with Hillman in 1929, and joined the Board in 1932 to form the Rootes Group we all know.

Overall, Humber were particularly successful where many manufacturers had failed – marketing cars at competitive prices



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