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News: MEET THE OWNER: CHAD DENDY AND HIS HUMBER SCEPTRE

Chad Dendy is the proud owner of what must be one of the most eye-catching cars on the South Coast. Any 1965 Sceptre Mk. I would cut a dash through Lee on Solent, causing amazement amongst the various holidaymakers. Ice cream parlour customers gawp at the sight of those charmingly retro ’50s line while other motorists slow down to marvel at the Humber’s sheer presence.

News: Meet the Owner - Nicholas Harries and his Humber Sceptre

When the Rootes Group unveiled the Humber Sceptre in 1963, they modestly proclaimed “Never before has there been a car so superbly equipped…with such performance…at so modest a price.”

News: Do You Remember – The Humber Sceptre?

1963 saw the Rootes Group introduce two high -profile cars, one entirely new and the other based on its existing lineup of medium-sized cars. The former was, of course, the Hillman Imp and the latter was the Humber Sceptre, one of the most downright agreeable cars to hail from Coventry.

News: MEET THE OWNER – STEPHEN LEWIS AND HIS HUMBER IMPERIAL

If you owned a new Humber Imperial in 1966, you were almost certainly one of the elite members of your local tennis club. Not only was it a car as imposing as James Robertson Justice in Doctor in Clover, but the list of standard fittings was also positively lavish.

News: 60 YEARS OF THE “SERIES” HUMBER HAWK

Six decades ago, taking delivery of a new Humber Hawk was a proud moment in the life of many a British motorist; proof that they had ‘arrived’ in elite suburban circles.

News: THE SUNBEAM FROM ITALY – THE VENEZIA

At first sight, it could be a car that belongs to the world of La Dolce Vita; transport for Marcello Mastroianni or Sophia Loren to Rome’s finest nightclubs. Almost every detail is reminiscent of 1960s European glamour - until you notice the grille’s similarity to the Humber Sceptre Mk.I and the Sunbeam Rapier Mk. V. And while the coachwork was indeed the work of Carrozzeria Touring, the running gear hailed from Coventry.

News: Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership – 2nd place goes to Brian Kent and his 1965 Humber Super Snipe Estate!

“I’ve had so many offers for the Humber Snipe, you wouldn’t believe it, but I’ll never sell, we’re going to enjoy it. That’s what I did it for!” Brian Kent couldn’t be prouder of his 1965 Humber Super Snipe Estate, though he says himself, he’s been blown away by the reaction to his immaculate restoration.

News: MEET THE OWNER – GRAHAM CARTER AND HIS HUMBERSIDE POLICE FORD CONSUL GT

As many readers already know, sourcing and restoring an ex-police car is a significant undertaking, from the challenges of locating the correct items of equipment to actually finding an authentic vehicle.

News: Lancaster Insurance sponsors Pride of Ownership at Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show

A mixed trio of stunning classic cars are the first vehicles to be confirmed for the Pride of Ownership display, to be sponsored by Lancaster Insurance, at the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show, held 5-6 March at Birmingham’s NEC. A 1952 Humber Pullman Limousine, 1976 Citroen Ami Super Saloon and a stunning VW Camper Van have taken the first of the 20 places available for private entries.

News: THE DAIHATSU COMPAGNO – THE FIRST JAPANESE CAR SOLD IN BRITAIN

In 1964 the average motoring enthusiast would have been forgiven for overlooking the news that the Daihatsu Compagno was soon to be officially available in the UK. This was, after all, the year of the Sunbeam Tiger, the 4.2-litre Jaguars E-Type and Mk. X, the Austin 1800, the Vanden Plas Princess 4-Litre R and the Humber Imperial.

News: IT WAS A DIFFERENT WORLD – TWENTY FACTS ABOUT LIFE IN 1952

1) There were circa 2.5 million cars on the road in 1952. 2) Only one in twenty Britons had access to a car. 3) Some British car marques of 1952 that are no longer with us: Armstrong Siddeley, Austin, Hillman, Humber, Jowett, Morris, Singer, Standard, Sunbeam-Talbot, Triumph, Riley and Wolseley.

News: GEMS FROM THE SAINSBURY’S ARCHIVE - SOUTHAMPTON 1977

The year is 1977, and the people of Southampton are still amazed by the recently opened Sainsbury’s hypermarket in the Lordshill district. Some say that this is the biggest news to hit the city since the Silver Jubilee celebrations or the FA Cup Victory of the previous year.