Humber Eight 1923 to 1924 8/18 1925 to 1926

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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.


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