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Humber 14/40 Tourer Torpedo '27

Humber 14/40 Tourer Torpedo '27 (1927)

Reference ch. 4455
Make Humber
Model 14/40 Tourer Torpedo '27
Type cabrio
Construction year 1927
KM 00357
Cilinder displacement 2050
Gears manual
Steering right hand drive

Humber Limited was a British manufacturer of bicycles, motorcycles and motor vehicles incorporated and listed on the stock exchange in 1887. At that time it took the name Humber & Co Limited because of the high reputation of the products of one of the constituent businesses that had belonged to Thomas Humber. A financial reconstruction in 1899 transferred its business to Humber Limited.

From an interest in motor vehicles beginning in 1896 the motor division grew much more important than the cycle division and the cycle trade marks were sold to Raleigh in 1932. The motorcycles were withdrawn from sale during the depression of the 1930s.

Humber is now a dormant marque for autpmobiles as well as cycles. Following their involvement in Humber through Hillman in 1928 the Rootes brothers acquired 60 per cent of Humber's ordinary capital, sufficient for a controlling interest. The two Rootes brothers joined the Humber board in 1932 making Humber the holding company for vehicle manufacturing members of what became their Rootes Group.

By 1960 annual production was around 200,000 vehicles. However previous insistence on Rootes family control may have led to under-capitalisation of the business. Building a brand new car, Hillman Imp, proved beyond Humber and Rootes Group resources and their business was bought by Chrysler Corporation in 1967.

  •  Specifications
  • Bodywork
  • Length: cm (in): 420 (165)
  • Width: cm (in): 170 (67)
  • Height: cm (in):
  • Wheelbase: cm (in): 295 (116)
  • Weight: kg (lb): 1372 (3025)
  • Mechanics.
  • Displacement: inline 4 2040 cc (125 cu in), front-mounted
  • Valve gear: 8
  • Fuel system: 1 Cox carburetor
  • Gearbox: manual
  • Driven wheels: rear-wheel drive
  • Maximum power:
  • Maximum torque:
  • Maximum speed: 97 km/h (60 mph)
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