1924 Humber 11.4
Early Motor Cars Vintage 1919-1927
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The 1924 Humber 11.4 was a typical, good quality, medium touring car characteristic of the period before saloons began to outdo open cars in popular favour. In inclement weather the Humber’s weather protection was better than most. This is a straightforward motor car. The engine develops 26 bhp at the modest speed of 2000 rpm – the equivalent of 40 mph in top gear. The highly geared steering is extremely light, and the gear change mechanism is so light that frequent changes required by heavy traffic or a hill is not demanding for so large a vehicle. The V-shaped windscreen offers excellent visibility and front ‘bucket’ seats firm and comfortable. Humber Limited was a British manufacturer of bicycles, motorcycles and motor vehicles. It took the name because of the products of a constituent businesses that had belonged to Thomas Humber. Interest in motor vehicles began in 1896. The Rootes brothers acquired a controlling interest and in 1932 and made Humber the holding company for vehicle manufacturing for what became the Rootes Group. By 1960 annual production was around 200,000 vehicles. Insistence on Rootes family control may have led to under-capitalisation of the business. Building a new car, the Hillman Imp, was beyond Rootes resources and the businesses were bought by Chrysler 1967.
|Dimensions||47.5 × 34.5 cm|