Humber Super Snipe in Florida

British Oddball

Last time we featured a Humber Super Snipe here on Barn Finds, a reader purchased the car right away. This rare British saloon looks a little better than that one, although this advertisement is a prime example of one of my pet peeves; lousy photography. The ad with the poor pictures is located here on craigslist where it’s listed for $5,000 and the car resides in Umatilla, Florida. How hard is it to frame the entire car in a picture? The other shots are mostly worse, with even more blurred views. It looks like there’s a discolored area between the left side doors, but I can’t really tell if it’s a problem area or not. One of the nicest features of these cars is the interior, but we’re only treated to two blurry shots with no description. If you want money, you’re going to have to pay more attention to how you ask for it!


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  1. xyzol

    We can all thank shitty phones with shitty ‘viewfinders’ with button bars obstructing view. What was wrong with dedicated physical two-stage shutter buttons???

  2. macvaugh

    Those appear to be scans of film photographs.

  3. Dolphin Member

    Yes, and the amazing thing is that we live in a sea of excellent advertising photography to give people the idea, very good cheap cameras as an alternative to bad cellphone cameras, plus access to free software that will let you edit the photos easily.

    The upside is that it might make for less competition for anyone wanting this Humber.

    • Horse Radish

      But you cannot beat stupid.

      He probably had a pretty good camera(/cell phone)…..
      Half these photos are blurry because the photographer did not hold still or pointed the camera the wrong way.

      You’re pretty much dealing with a dreamer :
      Asking $5000 and hope that a local guy (who from anywhere further than 50 mile radius would buy from these photos ?) shows up with a suitcase of cash and drive up in a tow truck , not ask any questions and do it at his convenience……

      Either the little old lady (in the above photo) is the P.O., or her son is doing her a “favor”….

      “humber for sell”
      looks like language or communication challenges are present too.

  4. francisco

    super “sinp” ?!

  5. Rich

    My biggest grammar peeves: “must sale” or “for sell”

    I can’t believe there is no description whatsoever for this car.

  6. JimmyinTEXAS

    The old lady in the picture is probably the wife of the previous owner who recently passed away, The seller found out and bought the car and didn’t even get it out of her driveway before taking poor pictures and posting it online. The internet has made everyone a seeker of fortunes, he probably gave her fifty bucks for it…

    • Horse Radish

      That’s exactly what I was thinking but did not want to ruffle any feathers.
      Brutally blunt, but probably right on..
      …the only thing missing : no habla ingles y espagnol.

  7. RIC Parrish

    I’m looking for a gudgeon pin for a 1959 Super Snipe.

  8. Paul B

    Presentation aside, these are really well built cars. Rootes used heavy sheet metal, build quality was very good, and the mechanicals were much more stout in general than counterparts from BMC. This was a competitor to the big Austin/Wolseley models and the equally stout Rover 3-Litre. Not exciting, but reassuring and very comfortable. If it’s a reasonably good example, someone should get it out of there and give it the care and use it deserves.

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