Humber Pre-war Super Snipe
|Production||1938-1940 1500 (approx) made|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door saloon Sports saloon Drophead coupé|
|Engine||4086 cc Straight-6 side valve|
|Wheelbase||114 in (2,896 mm)|
|Length||175 in (4,445 mm)|
|Width||70 in (1,778 mm)|
The Super Snipe was introduced in October 1938, derived by combining the four-litre inline six-cylinder engine from the larger Humber Pullman with the chassis and body of the Humber Snipe, normally powered by a three-litre engine. The result was a car of enhanced performance and a top speed of 79 mph (127 km/h) —fast for its day. Its design was contributed to by American engine genius Delmar "Barney" Roos who left a successful career at Studebaker to join Rootes in 1936.
The Super Snipe was marketed to upper-middle-class managers, professional people and government officials. It was relatively low-priced for its large size and performance, and was similar to American cars in appearance and concept, and in providing value for money.
Within a year of introduction, World War II broke out in Europe but the car continued in production as a British military staff car, the Car, 4-seater, 4x2, while the same chassis was used for an armoured reconnaissance vehicle, the Humber Light Reconnaissance Car.