Humber Eight 1923 to 1924 8/18 1925 to 1926
By 1919 Humber
of Humber Road, Coventry, Warwickshire, was an established makers of
quality cars. Of conventional but advanced design, Between 1923
and 1926 the company produced two thousand four hundred of the Eight.
The Eight had a 985 cc engine with inlet over exhaust valve gear. The following
is a quote from "The Vintage Motor car". All
Humber cars during the Vintage period were of the highest quality, and
any light car bearing the name could be expected to be of the most
extreme refinement; the little 8/18 model was an immediate success from
its inception late in 1922. It had a coil-ignition engine of 985 c.c.
which gave 20 b.h.p. at 3000 r.p.m. and was notable for its use of
overhead inlet and side exhaust valves, an arrangement which was to be
consistently used by Humbers until about 1931.Although costly to
produce it was certainly justified by the efficiency and smooth running
of the engine.The little Humber weighed about 12 cwt, and the rather
low gear ratios prevented a startling performance, while fuel
consumption was about 35 m.p.g. On the other hand the sound detail work
and careful construction rendered it an exceedingly quit and pleasing
car to drive.