1948 HUMBER Super Snipe


The Humber Super Snipe was produced from 1938 to 1967 by Humber Limited, part of the Rootes Group of companies.

Offering a capacious interior of almost American proportions, sprightly performance and a tasteful aesthetic at relatively affordable prices, the Super Snipe soon found its level with a particular demographic of customer at the upper end of the middle-class spectrum.

These cars were driven by provincial doctors with leather Gladstone bags, tweed jackets, grey flannels and briar pipes.

Or they were issued to chaps with dark suits and serious expressions from The Ministry of Something Awfully Secret or Jolly Important.

When they weren’t liveried in camouflage paint and serving in great numbers as staff cars during WWII, they were the natural choice for respectable managers, professionals and civil servants.

Introduced in September 1948, the Mark II featured a redesigned chassis and body, a wider track, variable ratio steering, column gear shift, running boards and, with bench seating at the front, the ability to seat six people in comfort.

The engine was the 4086cc straight-6 side-valve unit from previous models and was said by the company to provide 100hp and a top speed of around 80mph.

Early Mark II Super Snipes have round lamps below the head lamps. These were later dropped and replaced by rectangular side lamps which were continued in the Mark III.

Il veicolo

This motor car is being sold as part of an overseas collection. It has been imported under the Bonhams temporary admission customs bond and is therefore subject to the lower rate 5% import tax if the car is to remain in the UK & purchased by a private individual. The 5% is calculated on the final selling price. For example, if the car sells for £2,000, then £100 is added, making the total amount payable of £2,100.

The winning bidder will receive a receipt for the final hammer value, and proof that HMRC fees are paid. If the car is subsequently exported abroad within 30 days then these fees are refundable.

Lastly, there will be a nominal administration fee of £250 for processing the NOVA application, and payable direct to the shipping company. A completed and processed NOVA will provide you formal proof that all duties & taxes are paid in UK and thus allow you to register the vehicle with the DVLA

In common with the majority of cars in this collection, this vehicle has been on static display for a number of years and there is no history available beyond that displayed in our photography section.

We have not started or driven the car so cannot vouch for its mechanical viability or functionality. It will require recommissioning prior to road use and is sold ‘as seen’.

It is available for view and inspection at our HQ near Abingdon and we will be delighted to show the car to you and/or your appointed engineer.

The Mark II Super Snipe we have with us today is good in some parts, average in others and pretty shabby in a few, but it’s nonetheless an original and relatively sturdy and intact survivor of a once much-loved marque and model.

First registered in the UK on 8.10.49, the car’s old V5 states that it was bought by an enthusiast in Devon on 15.5.09.

The last MoT certificate for this car (with no advisories) is dated 19.6.09, at which time the odometer read 35,653 miles.

The car was sold on 2.11.09 to a Mr. Bunn of Glenburnie, Maryland, USA.

We believe it was bought by the current vendor for static display in his collection on 26.1.13.

The odometer currently reads 36,074 miles.

As with the other cars in this vendor’s collection, we haven’t been able to start or drive it and, consequently, our opinions are confined to the car’s cosmetic condition.

That said, we have turned the engine by hand and can state that it is not seized.


While the shut lines are pretty tight and the two-tone black and white bodywork is largely free of dents, dinks, creases, folds, it suffers in a variety of other ways.

There is bubbling and corrosion in evidence around the front grille, at the bottom of the doors, at the base of the windscreen and in numerous other places.

The paint is cracked, scuffed, flaking or missing here and there.

There is bubbling around the sunroof, which no longer closes fully.

The chrome work is pitted and tarnished in several places.

When the car arrived at The Market, its roof and flanks on the n/s/r were liberally spattered with some sort of tar or oil that had evidently dripped onto it from above while in storage or transit. We’ve made some attempts to clear this up (to little effect) but the substance has attacked the chrome at the rear and it’s hard to think that it will have done the paintwork much good.

Aside from tarnishing to the chrome and some superficial corrosion, the wheels look to be fairly reasonable.

All in all, while there is no doubt some work to be done on the bodywork, it isn’t in the grip of galloping rot and there appears to a good deal of solidity and integrity to it in most areas.


Like the outside, the inside has seen better days.

Importantly though, the vast expanse of brown hide on the front and rear bench seats seems to be in fairly good condition. Yes, it’s a little musty and dusty, but it’s not ripped or structurally compromised and looks as if it might respond handsomely to some cleaning, feeding and elbow grease.

The steering wheel, dashboard and instrument panel are in pretty good condition, although the top half of the glove compartment door has parted company with the lower half and now lives inside the glove compartment.

The carpets, the headlining and the fabric at the rear of the front seats are a little threadbare and/or ripped in a few places and look as if they may have suffered from the unwanted attentions of a moth or two.

The surface of the door cards is cracked and crazed

Lifting up the carpets in here (and in the boot), reveals plenty of rust dust and corrosion that appears to be mostly superficial.

Meccanica e telaio

Yes, there is rust dust and a bit of flaking to be found but we haven’t seen anything that suggests a real threat to the structural integrity of the chassis. Clearly, you’ll want expert eyes to take a closer look.

The engine and engine bay appear to be clean and dry and, as far as we can tell, everything is in its right and proper place.


The car comes with a workshop manual and an original owner’s handbook…but no service history or any record of work done.

Currently, it has neither an MoT certificate nor a V5.

If you’d like to inspect the car prior to placing a bid – something we would encourage – then please use the Contact Seller button to arrange an appointment.

Cosa ne pensiamo

We haven’t been able to start or drive the car so our understanding of it is somewhat limited.

There is work to be done here, for sure, but perhaps less than there might first appear.

Underneath what seem to be largely cosmetic issues is a rare example of a low mileage Mark II Super Snipe – and quite possibly one that will more than repay its owner (certainly in terms of enjoyment) for any remedial costs. Provided, of course, that the car’s engine and mechanicals prove to be in good working order.

We’re confident to offer this car for auction with an estimate of £2,000 - £6,000, plus Bonhams bond payment and £250 NOVA fee.

Viewing is always encouraged, and this particular car is located with us at The Market HQ near Abingdon; to arrange an appointment please use the Contact Seller button at the top of the listing. Feel free to ask any questions or make observations in the comments section below, or try our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

Parte NOIOSA ma IMPORTANTE: The Market by Bonhams inserisce degli annunci che siano il più possibile esaurienti e chiari. Tuttavia non ci è possibile svolgere delle perizie dettagliate per ogni veicolo in vendita. Vi preghiamo, prima di fare delle offerte, di fare quante più domande possibili per togliervi ogni dubbio e vi invitiamo a periziare o eseguire un controllo approfondito del veicolo. Il veicolo viene verificato in modo accurato ma questo si traduce in osservazioni personali che non sostituiscono quelle di un perito qualificato e non costituiscono il risultato di un test drive del mezzo.

Inoltre, ritocchi localizzati della carrozzeria sono comuni nelle auto d’epoca e da collezione. Questi potrebbero essere impossibili da individuare pur esaminando la vettura dal vivo. Quindi, a meno che non si affermi il contrario, si presuppone che ogni veicolo sia stato riparato in un qualche momento della sua vita.

Ti preghiamo di notare che la maggior parte dei video su The Market sono stati registrati con macchine fotografiche con una qualità sonora nella media, per questo il suono del motore o degli scarichi può sembrare diverso dalla realtà. 

Infine, ti ricordiamo che i veicoli sono venduti come "visti e piaciuti" e che, come è nella norma per i beni usati acquistati all'asta, non si applica il diritto di recesso. Ti invitiamo a consultare le nostre FAQ (Domande Frequenti) per maggiori informazioni e ad ispezionare qualsiasi veicolo tu desideri.

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  • Località: The Market HQ Abingdon, United Kingdom
  • Venditore: Privato
  • Km: 36074
  • Motore: 4086
  • Cambio: listings/auction-view.Auto
  • Guida lato: Destro
  • Colore: Black / Cream
  • Interni: Green Leather
  • Stima: £2,000 - £6,000

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