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An entire fleet of classic Humber cars in the UK is now up for grabs after a serial classic car collector and Humber enthusiast, has decided to sell off his entire collection, two of which have royal connections.
Allan Marshall, 64, has been collecting Humber’s for over four decades. However, due to the cost of maintaining his fleet of British automotive institutions, and the Museum they reside in Marshall has decided to sell the lot.
The collection is set to make at least half a million New Zealand dollars when it goes to auction. This is down to several cars which have been used or owned by members and associates of the Royal family.
The star-studded centerpiece of Marshall’s collection is easily the Humber Super Snipe MK3, which was once owned by the Queen Mother. It is said she used it as transport to and from church during the reign of her husband, King George VI.
Another car of notoriety is the Snipe once owned by the former King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. The controversial couple would use the Snipe to venture around town incognito due to the smaller rear window, leaving followers mystified as to whom it was, they were following.
The entire fleet has been lovingly looked after by Marshall for over 40 years. When given the choice between keeping the cars, or taking his wife on holiday for the first time in 45 years, he decided to choose the latter.
The collection, along with a stack of memorabilia, will go under the hammer thanks to Hansons Auctioneers of Etwall in Derbyshire on April 17th, providing the UK is not still under lockdown due to Covid-19