Humber on the Bridge

I do like to see a car far from home. Here’s a British registered (Rutland to be precise), Humber Super Snipe on its way home from Spain, entering France over the bridge at Hendaye.

The Humber was a big car – a six seater with a bench seat up front and a four litre straight six side valve engine. A very comfortable way of seeing the Continent. This is a Mark III model produced between 1950 and 1952.

You can’t drive across that bridge today. There’s a big motorway bridge running parallel, but you can walk across and the customs office has survived.

Talking of things surviving, there was a motor museum in Hull until recently that only displayed Humbers. The owner could no longer afford to run it tried to sell the cars as a job lot, but nobody wanted them. I think he split up the collection in the end. There was a Humber like the one on the postcard which had been used by the Queen Mother. It’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that FP5341 was in there too.

I’m not sure what the other car is. It’s right hand drive, but many French cars of the time were. Someone will know.

5 thoughts on “Humber on the Bridge

  1. Interesting stories on the Humbers and the ‘Frontière’! The other car is a Skoda Popular, produced between 1934 and 1946. The vents along the bonnet helped me identifying the car at once.

    1. Where would we be without you, Rob. Many thanks!
      I’ve just bought a car I am sure you will like, but have not picked it up yet. I’ll be getting it on 14th. I’ll give you a clue. It’s not a Wolseley 🙂

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