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1945 Humber Super Snipe Mk I

1945 Humber Super Snipe Mk I in Danger UXB, TV Series, 1979 IMDB Ep. 1.09

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: UK

1945 Humber Super Snipe Mk I

Position 0:04:46 [*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

Comments about this vehicle


Sunbar UK

2014-07-07 13:54


[Image: 17secstoglory-4-46humber2.jpg]

The same or similar car in episode 1.08

[Image: badcompany4.jpg] [Image: badcompany2.jpg]

and episode 1.06

[Image: 1-06_qwe13.jpg] [Image: 1-06_qwe15.jpg]

johnfromstaffs EN

2014-07-07 15:09


1945 to 1948 Humber Super Snipe, Snipe, or maybe the smaller engined Hawk Mk I or II.

The registration number originated in Preston in 1935/6 but the single piece windscreen and boot bustle are a 1939 update but not actually available for public sale until 1945.

-- Last edit: 2014-07-07 15:33:30

Sunbar UK

2014-07-07 19:46


In the episode here it was intended RN for Royal Navy almost certainly, although the only genuine 'RN' numbers I can find are centred or suffix (12RN123 or 1234RN) and not necessarily wartime numbers.

In a series where the technical accuracy was very high an unusual error?

johnfromstaffs EN

2014-07-07 23:14


According to Mr Newall:-

1939 to 1949

The registration of Royal Navy vehicles comprised a serial number followed by the letters RN. The general series ran to 9999RN, with trailers taking numbers 10000 RN and up.

Paraphrasing Mr Newall on the events after 1949, existing vehicles retained their numbers until withdrawn, new vehicles were registered under the system XX RN XX.

So the producers probably did the best they could.

As a further point, I don't know if the military Super Snipes incorporated the 1939 boot bustle etc. the point was that very few if any of the cars were allowed to be bought by ordinary people.

-- Last edit: 2014-07-08 10:00:42

Sunbar UK

2017-02-13 13:03


Rather late in replying, having only just found your comment, johnfromstaffs!

The Ministry of Supply (WD) Humber Snipe Saloons were ordered from September 1939 to November 1943, to be superseded by the, selective four-wheel drive, 'box-shaped' Heavy Utility vehicle. Almost all WD Snipe Saloons (plus all open tourers) went to the army, with only a few saloons going to the RAF and a handful going to the Navy. The WD saloon appears to have ended production by the start of 1944.

The normal Snipe utility (woody-estate) appears to have been used mainly by the RAF and the Navy look to have used Pullman saloons.

The boot bustle appears in these photographs; in what appears to be wartime use (including a Dunkirk captured vehicle and a D-day vehicle).
[Image: humbersnipegerman.jpg] [Image: humbersnipe.jpg]
http://www.mapleleafup.net/forums/showthread.php?t=4182&page=8 http://old.rotanazdar.cz/?p=245

Certainly many other earlier privately owned Snipes would have been taken-over by the War Department at the start of the war.

-- Last edit: 2017-02-13 13:11:10

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