Humber was one of the oldest companies in British Motor Industry. First established in 1867 by Thomas Humber to manufacture bicycles. Humber produced his first car, a 3-½ h.p. Model in 1899. One of its most famous cars was the 1903. Humber’s were produced in two factories until 1908 - at Beeston, Notts, and at Coventry. The Coventry Humber’s were cheaper models.

   Humbers financial troubles were solved in 1932 when the Rootes Group took Control. As World War II approached, the stately 6-cylinder Humber’s featured hydraulic brakes and i.f.s. although side valve engines were fitted. The 4.1 litre Super Snipe was introduced at this time and were extensively used as staff cars throughout the war. 

   Two Super Snipes were the transport for Field Marshall Montgomery during the war. The second car numbered M239485 took the Field Marshall through the latter stages of the war and is depicted by this model. Approx. 350 of these cars was built.

1/32nd scale kit.

Built by Rod. 

   This model, Airfix kit # 05501-3 (Also listed as M501 C) originally released in 1973 was built in the mid 1970s. It is built straight from the box using Humbrol enamel paints applied by brush. 

   Airfix went on to release the kit again in 1976, kit # 05360-4, and again in 1995 listed simply as 05360. The sparse number of releases made this kit very collectable and drove prices up for a long time. So when Hornby-Airfix released the kit in 2013, # A05360, it was welcomed roundly by car modellers with one reservation...... Why can't they do it in 1/24th scale?.... All the same there is a good chance either Rod or Ian will do a civilian version (conversion) of this British icon.