The Commissioner's Humber Motor Car

 
  Old Northern Junior Train Controller

From memory both the Humber Super Snipe ad the Woolsley were very prestigious cars and looked internally more luxurious than any of the then available American cars.
I am not saying they were better, its just they had more style about them.
gordon_s1942
The Humber Super Snipe Series I to V, with its twin headlights and generous amount of chromework, had an American influence in its styling, and apparently was referred to in America as "the English Buick".  They are very impressive cars.  Someone I know has a Humber hawk, the four cylinder version of the Super Snipe (the Super Snipe had a six cylinder engine which, if I recall correctly, was based on an Armstrong-Siddeley design).  There was a funeral director in Gordon, in Sydney's North Shore who, in the 1960s, had a fleet of Humbers, both limousines and hearses.  The limousines may have been Humber Imperials rather than Super Snipes, but I can't say for sure.  At least one Humber hearse still exists and was at the All British Display at Kings School, Parramatta last year:


The Wolseley was a rather different kettle of fish having, from the early 1950s, a more Italianate style, initially from the designs of Gerald Palmer, a Rhodesian resident in England and strongly influenced by Pinin Farina and later, from 1959, with designs by Pinin farina himself.  The Wolseley was more or less an upmarket Morris (or in some later cases Austin) in the same way that the Lexus is an upmarket Toyota.
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  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Pity that the flag on the hearse is upside down.Sad
  Old Northern Junior Train Controller

Pity that the flag on the hearse is upside down.Sad
YM-Mundrabilla
Unfortunately a rather common mistake.
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  thopkins Station Staff

Thanks everyone. A fascinating sequence of insights into an interesting historical aspect of NSW Railways.

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