SHOW­STOP­PER OF 1960 HUM­BER SU­PER SNIPE

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - 6-Page Earls Court Motor Show Special -

The Jaguar E-type was still a year away, so we’re opt­ing for the Hum­ber Su­per Snipe Se­ries III as our Car of the Show. It wasn’t a com­pletely new car, but at least it was the first Bri­tish of­fer­ing to come with quad head­lights. The car had a longer front end than the pre­ced­ing Se­ries II, plus a new bon­net and front grille, along with Gir­ling disc brakes at the front. The 2965cc straight-six en­gine re­mained un­changed.

Rootes would build 7257 Se­ries III Su­per Snipes from 1960-66, ini­tially mar­ket­ing the model as ‘a car of su­perla­tive lux­ury and el­e­gance, built in the great tra­di­tion of Rootes crafts­man­ship and of­fer­ing the finest value in its class.’

It was avail­able as a saloon (£1488 in­clud­ing taxes), a slightly bet­ter-ap­pointed limou­sine (£1630), and a cav­ernous es­tate car (£1736). An ex­tra £70 would buy you overdrive, while Borg Warner au­to­matic trans­mis­sion would part you from £148.

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