Humber Sceptre Reviews

1966 Humber Sceptre Mk II 1.7 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1966
Year of manufacture1966
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.7 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 miles
Most recent distance67000 miles
Previous carSuzuki Vitara

Summary:

Love the Humber Sceptre, a classic retro car of the 60's with the comfort of a modern car

Faults:

Nothing. There have been no problems so far.

The car has had extensive work done on the engine, suspension and brakes.

General Comments:

My Humber Sceptre is a Mk II version, and has had extensive restoration to the body and engine.

It has good power, and goes well in 3rd and 4th overdrive.

The curvaceous body looks great, and is matched by curved front and back windscreen. This is complemented by lots of chrome and a good looking interior, with enough dials to keep you on top of any problems.

The look is of an American classic car of the 60's.

As the Humber Sceptre was fully imported into Australia, there are only a few left on the road, and this makes it a unique and collectible car. For photos of my Humber Sceptre go to http://myhumbersceptre.blogspot.com

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 26th November, 2010

1970 Humber Sceptre 1.7 twin carb from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1970
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership1991
Engine and transmission 1.7 twin carb Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carFiat Mirafiori

Summary:

Adequate, but not outstanding

Faults:

Rust was always a problem.

I rebuilt the engine because it used lots of oil.

The carburettors were worn out and I could never get it properly tuned.

General Comments:

Despite the worn carburettors, it gave good performance and reasonable fuel economy most of the time.

It was an excellent tow car, apart from using vast amounts of petrol when towing my caravan.

The overdrive was a very good feature, making for relaxed main road driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th August, 2008

1967 Humber Sceptre Mark 2 E 1.7 cc with twin Webber from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1967
First year of ownership1977
Most recent year of ownership1979
Engine and transmission 1.7 cc with twin Webber Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired52000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Cambridge

Summary:

Curvaceous and very, very British

Faults:

Clutch slipping (twice)

Head Gasket (twice)

Overdrive switch wire, kept breaking (gearbox end)

Heavy tire wear.

General Comments:

I loved this car!!! Curvaceous and very, very British

The 1725 cc Routes engine, had twin webber's, it made a great spitting exhaust noise and with good use of the overdrive in 3rd and 4th would accelerate surprisingly well, flying along at 90, no problem; it was made for motorways which had no speed limit at time of manufacture!

The trouble was the brakes (although having disks at the front) were just not up to the speeds this car could do, also the suspension was soft and the car would lunge around corners.

The clutch was weak and would need replacing after only 10K miles, also the head gasket on these aluminum headed engines had a habit of leaking and blowing!

The bodywork on this car was fantastic, all rounded and in British racing green, looked great with the very curvaceous rear windscreen, it had slightly pointed rear wings, circa 1950's USA cars, which made it look like it was going fast before it ever moved.

The interior was all red leather, with enough dials to make it look like an airplane cockpit, I still miss my oil pressure, battery amps and wobbly fuel gauge, which read in gallons.

Sadly I was too young to appreciate this car at the time and drove it too fast and crashed. I hit a Mini, which unexpectedly stopped at traffic lights when I was trying to filter to the left, the brakes made the car understeer as I tried to turn left, so didn't make the turn and BANG!! I only had third-party insurance and couldn't afford to repair the badly dented front wing.

The Mark 2 had a more modern grille with twin headlights, it looked the part, lots of chrome yummmmm!

I had a Sunbeam Rapier after this, but that's another story!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th March, 2004

6th Jul 2006, 14:20

Good to hear you liked the car.

There is an error in your review though: you say that when the car was made in 1967 there were no motorway speed limits in the UK. In fact the 70mph limit was introduced in 1965.

31st Aug 2006, 11:39

The Mark 1 had twin Zenith Downdraughts later replaced by one twin choke Solex which carried through to the Mark 2. Only the Arrow shaped Sceptre Mark 3 from 1967 model year was fitted with twin Strombergs, and there was nothing wrong with them if they were set up correctly. Just needed a small amount of intelligence.

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 4 reviews