1960-1967 HUMBER SUPER SNIPE
WHY WE LOVE IT It’s a truly joyous and charming Rootes-mobile teeming with luxury touches but with bits of Hillman Super Minx thrown into the mix.
Although Rootes introduced this car in 1958, here we’re concentrating on the Series III-V model built from 1960-1967, complete with twin headlamps. Never mind the considerable improvements to suspension, engine and interior space that came about with this model – we just want the glamour that those extra lights bring.
What a fabulous piece of design! The Super Snipe offers an intoxicating blend of American influences – there’s quite a bit of ’55 Chevy in there, we reckon – and some emphatically British Rootes-ness.
Arguably these cars are the nicest and most nimble to drive compared to contemporaries such as the BMC big Farinas and even the Rover P5, and build quality is certainly up there with the best. Rootes knew how to throw in a good piece of wood or two, and the seats are gloriously comfortable.
The six-cylinder engine is strong and reliable and will whisk you to getting on for 100mph. You can certainly place one of these cars in the overtaking lane of a motorway without embarrassment while carrying on a hushed conversation with your passenger. Could anyone ask for more?