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Humber Pullman History

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Humber Pullman History

If you love vintage British motorcars, you may want to read more about the Humber Pullman Automobiles. We look at the Humber Pullman history and how this classic car has stood the test of time.

Humber Pullman

In 1930, The British Humber Company introduced the Humber Pullman, a four-door Limousine. The Humber Pullman is the successor to the Humber 20/65 HP and long-wheelbase edition of the Humber Snipe. 

The British Humber Company released an upgraded version in 1939 badged as the Humber Imperial. However, the name would be reverted to the Pullman name after the second world war. 

Between the years 1948 and 1954,  the car was offered with a central partition as the Humber Pullman, but without a partition, it was badged as the Humber Imperial for owner-drivers. 

The Humber Pullman / Imperial was off the public market during the second world war, and the remaining stock was used as staff cars. As of 2021, only eight of these vehicles are in circulation.

Before World War II

The 1930 version of the car had a power output of 60kW (80 hp) and came with a straight-six cylinder overhead inlet side exhaust valve engine. The car had a classic limousine style body and featured rear-hinged doors. 

The car vaguely resembled the Humber Snipe 80 (it shared an engine); however, the Humber Pullman was both wider and longer. Despite its side, the car had a top speed of 73mph. In addition to the limousine body, there were also options for Sedanca de Ville and Landaulette body types.  

After World War II

In 1945, The Humber Pullman returned to the public market with landaulette and seven-seat limousine bodies. 

However, only three years later, the car would be reworked and redesigned as the Humber Pullman Mk II. 

The Pullman was available with or without a partition (between both the front and rear of the cabin). 

The Humber Imperial name was revived exclusively for the identical owner-driver version. 

Humber Pullman 1930s motorcar

Humber Pullman Cars

Pullman Mk I (1930 -)

For a single year in 1935, a coupé was added to the range of Pullman bodies. In 1936, a re-bodied version of the Humber Pullman with a two-piece V windscreen appeared. 

Although it shared the 132 in wheelbase of the previous version, the new car was slightly longer. The car's claimed power output was 100 bhp, and the engine had a raised capacity (4086cc). Due to the numerous upgrades, the top speed of the car was also increased to 75mph. 

Both hydraulic brakes and independent front suspension were added to the chassis in the late 1930s.  By 1939, the Humber Pullman shared an engine with the Humber Imperial and the Snipe Imperial. 

The top speed of these cars reached 81mph. The car was particularly spacious and was popular amongst British government ministers throughout the 1940s. Drop-head coupé bodies, as well as both Four and Six-light saloons, were available from the factory at this time.  

Pullman Mk II (1948 -)

The Humber Pullman MkII, as previously mentioned, was introduced in 1945 and gained its naming three years after.  This classic car was manufactured by Humber in their United Kingdom factories. The main body type for this classic car was the 4-door limousine type. 

It had rear-wheel drive (RWD) and a manual 4-speed gearbox. The car had a gasoline (petrol) engine and had an advertised power of 100hp.  

It had a top speed of 78mph (which was declared by the factory). In terms of acceleration, the classic car had an advertised 0-60mph in 22.6 seconds.  

Pullman Mk III (1951 -)

The Pullman Mk III, similar to previous versions, was manufactured and offered for sale by Humber in the United Kingdom. 

It was powered by the same six-cylinder side-valve engine as the Super Snipe. The classic car had an all-synchromesh gearbox and offered supreme ride comfort with its carriage seats. 

The Pullman Mk III, similar to its predecessors, had rear-wheel drive and a gasoline engine.  The engine had an advertised power of 100hp, and the top speed for this car was 78mph.

Imperial (1964 -)

For the years following 1954, The Pullman name was from listings; however, in 1964, the company revived the Imperial.  

The new Humber Imperial was considerably similar to a top of the line Humber Super Snipe. The main differences were the automatic transmission, a higher quality luxury interior, and a vinyl roof. 

The car remained in production till the Rootes group, who were majority shareholders at the time, decided to withdraw the Imperial and a range of other large Humbers.


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