Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Snipe Was So Super; CLASSIC CARS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Snipe Was So Super; CLASSIC CARS

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Byline: IAN JOHNSON

BACK in the 1960s we were as spoilt for luxury cars as we are today. Although BMW and to a certain extent Mercedes were yet to be a common sight on our streets, Britain had some homespun beauties which were the envy of the world. You could choose between the Jaguar S-Type, Rover P5, Vanden Plas Princess, or you could have taken the Rootes Group option and settled into the driving seat of the opulent Super Snipe or Hawk from Humber.

By the early 60s, Humber was very much part of the Hillman way of thinking. They were, to a large degree like a giant Hillman Minx, but were a delight to drive.

The difference between the Super Snipe and the Hawk was that the Snipe boasted a six-cylinder engine and the Hawk did reasonably well on four.

These models were known as the Series Humbers. They were manufactured between May, 1957, and March, 1967. In Australia production continued until 1968.

They encompassed new thinking and were a far cry from the previous models which had a very post war appearance.

The new Hawk brought a change in design, that of monocoque construction, the largest bodyshell in Britain at the time. …

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