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1943 Humber Snipe Open Tourer Staff Car Thrupp and Maberly 'Victory Car'

1943 Humber Snipe Open Tourer in WW2 Revisited, Documentary, 2002 IMDB

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: UK

1943 Humber Snipe Open Tourer Staff Car Thrupp and Maberly 'Victory Car'

[*] Background vehicle

Comments about this vehicle


Sunbar UK

2007-07-18 12:58

Humber I think (with 'Monty' on the right).

-- Last edit: 2007-07-18 12:59:18

Sunbar UK

2007-07-18 13:03

From http://www.nasenoviny.com/HumberSuperSnipe.html

Humber Snipe or Super Snipe Open Staff Car......

"Of all the commanders, probably the most notable user of the Humber Snipe staff car was Field Marshal Montgomery. He used it throughout the campaigns in North Africa and in Northwest Europe ? the car was dubbed 'Old Faithful', which is a nickname sometimes applied to all Humber automobiles for their reliability."

DynaMike NL

2007-07-18 13:03

Indeed it is: http://www.worcestershireregiment.com/wr.php?main=inc/h_vernon (scroll down a bit).

Sunbar UK

2007-07-18 13:20

From http://www.2iemeguerre.com/blindes/humber.htm

Humber Snipe Staff Car "Victory Car"

"The first, known under the name of “Old Faithful” and carrying the M239459 number, [during the desert campaign] from October 1942 until October 1943, then in Sicily and Italy until its return in England. At this time the car is left to General Sir Olivier Leese.

The second car, registered M239485 and baptised “Victory Car”, is used by Field Marshal until the end of the war and is now preserved by Chrysler U.K. Ltd."


from http://www.cwn.org.uk/heritagedays/2000/08/000830-motoring-facts.htm

"In 1943 Coventry manufacturer Humber made the so-called 'Victory car', used by Field Marshall Montgomery from D-Day until the end of the war in Europe. It's on display at Coventry's Museum of British Road Transport."

-- Last edit: 2007-07-18 15:39:03

Sunbar UK

2007-07-18 13:32

From Coventry Museum of British Transport site

Title Humber Staff Car
Date 1943
Maker Humber (Rootes Group)
Class MCAR:1:HUM:1943
Description Car used by Field Marshal Montgomery during the campaign in Northern Europe 1944 - 1945
Name Field Marshal Montgomery
Name Coachbuilder; Thrupp and Maberly, Acton, London
PhysicalDesc Olive drab (green) with 21st Army insignia.
PlaceName Humber Road, Stoke, Coventry
VehicleDetails Model: Super Snipe
Body Style: Staff Car (Tourer)
Number of Seats: 4
Body,Frame Colour: Khaki
Trim Colour: Khaki
Registration Number: MSV 103
Registration Origin: Kinross
V5 Number: P1991437
Tax Group: PLG
Chasis, Frame Number: 8290006
Engine Number: 8290017
Engine Size: 4 1/2LITRE
Configuration and Number of Cylinders: 6 STR.
Valve Configuration:
Gearbox Type: 4 SPEED

edit, From DVLA site....

The vehicle details for MSV 103 are:

Date of Liability 01 08 2007
Date of First Registration 23 04 1985
Year of Manufacture 1943
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 4500CC

-- Last edit: 2007-07-18 13:46:59

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