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Humber Pullman

Humber Pullman (United Kingdom, 1936-1954)

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Introduced in 1936, the Pullman was the flagship of the Humber range. Featuring a 132-inch wheelbase and a vee-shaped windscreen, the Pullman, which shared its body with the Imperial saloon, came as a Limousine, a Landaulette, and a Sedanca De Ville. There was also the option of a luxury body by Thrupp & Maberly (recognisable by the protruding boot).

A six-cylinder 4086cc side-valve engine was unable to deliver more than 15mpg, much less when pushed along, but the gearbox was strong and the overall package was considered close to indestructable. Brakes were hydraulic.

Civilian production ceased during WWII from 1940 and the Pullman took on duties as a staff car. Production resumed again visibly unchanged in 1946, until it was replaced by the Pullman II in 1948. This time a whopping 17 and-a-half feet long, it required a two-piece propshaft to cope with the extra length. The Humber Pullman shared its body and mechanicals with the Imperial, but the Pullman was slightly more upmarket with a passenger/driver division.

In 1951 came the Pullman III, which aside from an all-synchromesh gearbox, was indistinguishable from the Mark II.

In 1953 the last of the Pullman limousines and Imperial 7-seater saloons appeared as the Mark IV, featuring the 115bhp "Blue Riband" 4138cc OHV engine and a power division in the Pullman.

The last Pullman was produced in 1954.


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