Monday, February 9, 2015

5k: Fit For A King: 1963 Humber Sceptre Sedan Mk I

Humber started life in 1968 as a two-bit bicycle company in the UK, but started producing their first cars in 1898. In 1932 Humber became part of the Rootes Group and began its slow slide into motoring oblivion, but not before they produced an interesting luxury sedan called the Sceptre (1963-1976).  Find this 1963 Humber Sceptre Sedan offered for $4,250 in Derry, NH via hemmings.  Tip from Gianni.

 The Mk I Sceptre was a top line Rootes group sedan that was loosely based on the Hillman Super Minx platform.  The Sceptre is not often seen on the road today, in part due to its low production figures (17k between 1963-1965) but also because finding parts to keep it on the road could be tricky.

Power comes from a 1.6 liter inline-4 cylinder engine that pushes out 80 horsepower and 91 ft-lbs of torque into a 4 speed manual gearbox.

The interior of the Sceptre is far from perfect, but it looks mostly complete and has a funky 60s vibe that is hard not to love. 

See a better rare oddball classic for less?


  1. Neat car. Again, nice to see something a bit different here on DT. I didn't see anything about it in the Hemmings listing for this car, but I don't recall any Sceptres ever being sold here in the US. We got the Hawk and the Super Snipe, if I have my info right.

    Covello's book states that production didn't begin until 1964, which is counter to what's listed on Wikipedia and this car's supposed production date. I've never driven or been in a Humber and I'm sure it's not a particularly exciting experience, but it's still an interesting vehicle. I wouldn't mind driving a Pullman around for a bit.


  2. Two thoughts about this cool looking little car:
    1) Is that a Dymo labeller hanging on the left side of the firewall ?
    2) Rootes......Sunbeam Tiger..... Sceptre + 289 Ford/4 speed....just sayin...

    1. 1) Guessing that's the wiper motor, with some kind of cable-drive to the linkage.

      2) Think a little Windsor would be a very tight fit in there, however a 2.9 Cologne V6, a Zetec four, or something like - to stick with the later Rootes/Mopar lineage - something like a Neon SRT4 motor...

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