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Humber Sceptre (Hunter shape)


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  • Pre 1990 Petrol 1.725 Manual Saloon 25 12 1200 30 4 Very much a four seater, not a great deal of room in the back.<br />Boot rather small. 3 Very stable, pulled well, but frighteningly thirsty. 4 A successful attempt to turn an ordinary family car into something more upmarket. 4 They are at least 40 years old now, and like all cars of that era they rusted badly.<br />Buying a dog with a view to fixing it up will keep you poor and probably single. 3 If you like classic cars this is an easy one to maintain. 4 Used Privately Broke and needed to sell his car. Yes
Surprisingly quick and comfortable, quiet enough for relaxed 70+ cruising, the overdrive made it effectively a six speed transmission.
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Learned how to drive in my dads Hillman Hunter, very under-rated cars and much nicer than the MKII Cortina IMO.

 

Always wanted a Hunter GLS (the one with the Holbay engine), much rarer than the ubiquitous Cortina 1600E!

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Had the Hunter estate,remember it was fitted with overdrive.

 

John.

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Always wanted a Hunter GLS (the one with the Holbay engine), much rarer than the ubiquitous Cortina 1600E!

 

I remember reading an article by someone who built engines for racing who had this to say of the Holbay engine; "The engine can make 150bhp if done properly, unfortunately the crankshaft is only good for 120"

The Holbay was an option for GLS, GT and Sunbeam Rapier models. The standard GT engine (also fitted to Humber models as standard) was much less tempermental and easier to live with. Apart from its appetite for petrol with a caravan behind it. :)

 

Roger.

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My Father had a Hillman Hunter - handbrake on the Driver's door side if I remember correctly?

 

Thats the one!

 

My dad was reluctant to teach my mum to drive in his as he couldn`t grab it when she was driving.

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My friends dad had a proper big old Humber Hawk. We took it for a spin but needed petrol. We were half an hour with lots of other people helping the search to find out where to put the fuel in. Turns out one of the reflectors unscrews.

 

Sorry off track. But it was a Humber, and would have towed well I feel sure.

 

John

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Had the Hillman Hunter then the Singer Gazelle. Both rusted away on a daily basis! However they were both adequate tow cars, but I only pulled a very small two berth van in those days.

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