Classic Car Catalogue

Humber 1956

Hawk Mk VI
Super Snipe Mk IV

Great Britain

Humber Hawk Estate Car is mechanically identical to the Hawk Mark VI Saloon. This smart six-seater four-door model feature rear seats that could be folded down to give a spacious luggage platform articles up to 7 ft long could be carried with the rear door panel let down to the platform position. It was introduced in October of the previous year. In April 1956 a De Luxe version of the Saloon made its appearance, designated Hawk Mark VIA with two tone paint schemes.
Super Snipe from 1956 optional Borg Warner automatic transmission.

These larger products of the Rootes Group enjoy the attributes of a more pretentious car yet with moderate power and dimensions and at a moderate price. The 4-cylinder 2½-litre Hawk continues for the time being unaltered in its four versions: saloon, de luxe saloon, limousine and estate car. The estate car, spacious and well equipped, has been reduced by £20 in basic price.
SUPER SNIPE: The successive versions of the Snipe have always contrived to look distinguished and imposing, retaining with their dignity a purposeful appearance. Now nearing the end of its development, the current Super Snipe is as good-looking as its forebears and is produced in compact saloon or touring limousine forms. The buyer has the choice of fully automatic transmission, or a synchromesh gear box with or without Laycock-de Normanville overdrive. The basic price of the Super Snipe has been reduced by £20.

(London report)



Mk VI (4 cyl, ohv, 2267 cc, 70 bhp)
 Saloon (wb: 8' 9½'')
 Limousine (wb: 8' 9½'')
 Estate Car (wb: 8' 9½'')


Super Snipe

Mk IVB (6 cyl, 4139 cc, 122/130 bhp)
 Saloon (wb: 9' 7¾'')
 Limousine (wb: 9' 7¾'')
 Estate Car (wb: 9; 7¾'')