SHOWSTOPPER OF 1960 HUMBER SUPER SNIPE
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.