The Humber Hawk was introduced in 1945 as Rootes’ mid-range four-cylinder saloon.
A steady seller, it was sold alongside its six-cylinder sibling, the Super Snipe, proving particularly popular with the middle-class professional. Its virtues of quality engineering, oodles of leather trim and latterly, contemporary American-influenced styling, helped give the range-topping Rootes products their fully justified reputation as cars for the ‘discerning motorist’.
In true Rootes tradition, significant updates to the design were given a new Series number, this 1965 Series V incorporating most of the improvements given to the model over the years. Based on the 1957 unit-construction ‘new’ Hawk, this example incorporates the front disc brakes and servo introduced in 1960 and the more purposeful looking ‘flatter’ roof that came with the Series IV of 1964.
These traditional up-market Rootes models were phased-out in 1967, the original plan being to replace them with the Australian-built Valiant, but these never materialised, the company focussing on the volume end of the business instead.
This Hawk has had just one owner from new and was driven into its barn many years ago having covered less than 60,000 miles up to that point. The vendor reports that it was in good running order when switched off and hopes to have it going again by the time of the sale, adding that it is remarkably solid under the accumulated dust.
The registration number is still recognised by the DVLA, so its new owner should be able to acquire a current V5C in the usual manner. An original workshop manual is included with the car.
A rare survivor by any standards, this one-owner, low-mileage Hawk should be put back on the road where it belongs.
PS: This car now runs and drives. Catalogue amendment: Mileage is actually 63,000 from new