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Minx/Rapier/Gazelle... Humber?

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There was an article in our club's newsletter last month. It's a new feature were people send in photos of cars in need of rescue or beyond rescue. A brief history is given for the car and some potential contact information. Its kind of cool.

Anyway, last month's article had a photo of a Hillman Minx, about 1958 sitting beside another version of the car that the author said was badged as a Humber.

I know that the Minx had sisters in the Sunbeam line and the Singer line, but I had never heard of a sister in the Humber line.

The closest thing I can find on Humber websites is the Hawk, but I think thats a little bigger than a Minx.

Anyone have any insight? I will try to post the picture in the morning.
 

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Not as early as 1958, but the Humber Sceptre came out in the early 60s based on the Minx platform.
 

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What Roger said. It's a Sceptre. Mechanically like th Minx, just a lot more upmarket in terms of appointments.

The Hillman was like a Chevy, the Sunbeam was the sporty marque, as per a Pontiac, and the Humber a Cadillac.
 
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The Super Snipe was much larger.

The picture of the Humber Sceptre that you posted is of a later model than the two cars in the other picture. That was based on the later Super Minx.

The convertible is definitely a Minx, the saloon looks to be a facelifted version of the same. Different grille design but it's another Minx.

Here's a photo of another Minx with the same grille:

hillmanminx.jpg
 

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Yes, definitely two of the same.The converible has an earlier style badge on it too.But it's still a minx. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/devilgrin.gif /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/jester.gif

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Thank you one and all

I thought that the super snipe might be a bit too large, but its hard to tell from photos.

Wonder if the owner would take $200US for the two of them?
 
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Talk of the Sceptre brought back memories as my Father had one; 69 I think. I drove it a couple of times and what a difference in comfort compared to the car I had at that time - a 1962 Mini - my first car. My second car was a Singer Gazelle Estate - got it for 20 pounds and eventually blew a rod out the side of the crankcase.
 

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Sorry to revive an old thread, but I just wondered whether the "Humber" Minx is left or right hand drive. I can't really tell from the photo.

Reason being is that for the New Zealand market only there was a posh version of the Minx called the Humber 80. Just wondered if it could be a private import.
 

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