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A 1939 Humber 12 Drophead Coupe (DHC).

Peter Baxter's father owned a number of interesting cars back in the day, including this one - a Humber 12hp Drophead Coupe (DHC). The registration isn't fully visible in either photograph, I think that I can make out "BOU 727", a Hampshire series that began life in December 1936. In the first photograph, the three-position folding roof is in the fully-closed position. The prominent "pram irons" in the roof, and the rear-hinged doors, can be clearly seen. Can anyone confirm who built the bodywork on the Humber?
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Humber 12 DHC
Photograph two shows the Humber from a lofty vantage point, looking down upon the car with the roof in a different position, offering open-top motoring to those sat in the front seats only. It would also have been possible to have the roof fully folded. A number of manufacturers produced small-engined drophead coupes like this in the 1930s, including Standard, Austin, Morris and Ford. Compared to the slightly lumpen Vauxhall parked in the background, the drophead Humber is a stylish machine, if not exactly burdened with a great deal of power - not that racing around terrifying cyclists and horse-owners was the idea of such a car anyway. Thanks for sending the photos over Peter.
Overhead view of the Humber 12 drophead coupe
Return to Page 21 in the motoring image archive, or visit the main index of vintage & classic photographs here. A similarly-aged, but larger, Humber Foursome Drophead Coupe may be found on this page, also in the image archive, while an owner's story of restoring an earlier (1934) Humber 12 Sports Tourer can be found here.

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