Hum­ber Hawk

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Matt Richard­son

EN­GINE 2267cc/4-cyl/OHV POWER 73bhp@4400rpm TORQUE 121lb ft@2300rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 85mph 0-60MPH 18.4sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 17-23mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man­ual MoT Fe­bru­ary 2018 ODOME­TER 3601 miles

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

It doesn’t so much ac­cel­er­ate as gain mo­men­tum grace­fully. It takes a few turns to wind on full lock in the heavy unas­sisted steer­ing and the crossply tyres make han­dling a lit­tle im­pre­cise. The oc­ca­sional bump sends a wob­ble through the steer­ing wheel, and the ex­tended wheel­base some­times catches con­tours in the road. The ride is com­fort­ably soft and the car cruises nicely, but it does some­times crash over bad sur­faces – it’s not a car to be rushed. Learn­ing the ro­tated H-gate within the slightly vague four-speed col­umn shift gear­box takes a while, but once mas­tered it’s less in­tim­i­dat­ing than it looks, is easy enough to op­er­ate and has no ob­vi­ous is­sues. The brake pedal is firm and you can feel the brakes bit­ing pro­gres­sively, but they take a hard push to stop quickly.

BODY­WORK CHECK

The pan­els are all straight and dent-free and there are no signs of ac­ci­dent dam­age. There are how­ever flat spots in the black paint on the boot and bon­net that look like they’ve been painted in and some blis­ter­ing

EX­TE­RIOR Paint has seen bet­ter days IN­TE­RIOR Up­hol­stery good con­di­tion ME­CHAN­I­CALS Col­umn shift takes some get­ting used to

spots on the roof. There are stone chips across the car and fur­ther chip­ping on the door edges. Rear doors were length­ened when new but there are are small rust blis­ters on the bot­tom edges. The chrome bumpers, door han­dles and num­ber­plate plinths have sur­face pit­ting but the nar­row wheels are shod with Celebrity M-I 6.40-15 crossply tyres, which have plenty of tread re­main­ing.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

This has been worn more by time than use; the car­pets are faded but have very lit­tle wear on them. The only is­sue on the vinyl bench seats con­cerns some loose stitch­ing on the driver’s side base; the rear bench looks al­most new. All door cards are good and the wooden dash­board is in very good or­der, bar some small cracks in the dash top above the pas­sen­ger glove­box and some screw holes from an old mount­ing in the speaker grille for the MW/LW ra­dio.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The bon­net lifts on huge springs – a nice en­gi­neer­ing touch – to re­veal an hon­est and orig­i­nal en­gine bay. Any leaks or sig­nif­i­cant re­pairs would have left tell-tale marks in the road and en­gine grime, but there are none. There is light sur­face rust on some an­cil­lar­ies and verdi­gris on the ra­di­a­tor. The chas­sis ap­pears solid and rust-free. The en­gine is per­haps a bit loud for may­oral duty but cruises nicely.

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The odome­ter read­ing may be op­ti­mistic, but this does look and feel like a low mileage car that’s let down only by age­ing paint. Its early his­tory is lost but if it was used for of­fi­cial du­ties early on its life then this could ex­plain the low miles. It’s a lot of car for the money, too.

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