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1961 Humber Super Snipe Series III

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  • Attractive two-tone colour scheme
  • Professionally repaired in the UK
  • Currently owned in Ireland
  • In current ownership for 7 years
  • Well stored in a dry, well-spaced garage

The Appeal

The Super Snipe returned to the UK market in 1946, but the car we now more widely recognise arrived in 1958. The new Super Snipe took inspiration from the United States, and, in many respects, more readily resembled a scaled-down Chevrolet 4-door rather than a Rootes Group product. 

The car steadily evolved on its march through to 1967. This particular example is from the 3rd series - which was not only the first car to offer twin headlights, but boasted a reworked suspension that made for an altogether more stable, easy-to-handle motor. It was a luxurious, comfortable car that merged American-style styling with distinctly British executive comfort. 

This particular vehicle has been in the current ownership for 7 years and has been meticulously stored in a dry, well-kept garage, something that's reflected in its excellent condition. The car's originality is a key highlight, with many components either restored or maintained to a high standard. The result is an utterly fine example of a rare, eminently curious car.

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History and Paperwork

  • Registered in 1961
  • The registration certificate shows 4 registered keepers
  • Previous owner had the car for some 15 years
  • Purchased 7 years ago and taken to Ireland
  • No service book available
  • Well stored in a dry, well-kept garage
  • Started and run several times a year, even when up on blocks
  • Mileage is circa 80,000 miles, which the vendor believes is genuine

The Condition

  • Floor panels, door bottoms, and wingtips were reportedly replaced before current ownership
  • The paintwork is in largely fine order
  • Chromework casts a bright contrast
  • Bumpers and overriders appear free of any damage or unusual wear
  • Hub caps look in fine order
  • The underside is reportedly in good order
  • All seats are recovered to a high standard
  • As a result, we can't spot any rips or tears
  • Door cards are in very good condition
  • New floor carpet is in fine order
  • New door seals, both inner and outer
  • Window winders and runners are in very good condition
  • Wooden trims are all in good condition with a lovely rich grain
  • All instruments are clear and legible

The Mechanics

  • 2,965cc I6 powerplant
  • Manual transmission with 3 gears
  • Engine bay looks in fine order
  • The vendor observes:
    • Good gearbox and back axle
    • Steering, front suspensions, rear springs, and shocks are in fine fettle
    • No oil leaks
    • Car drives very well for its age
  • Recent work includes:
    • New brake pads, shoes, and seals
    • Engine oil and filter were changed
    • Gearbox and axle topped up
  • We've no reports of mechanical issues and we understand everything is working well 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1961
  • Make Humber
  • Model Super Snipe
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 80,000 Miles
  • Engine size 2965
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Ballina. Co. Mayo.
  • Location International
  • Country Ireland

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