Various models were allocated different colour schemes. Royal Blue was reserved for the top-of-the-line Royal Humbers, below.
1956 Humber Royal Cob Tourist
Model 313 with Special Royal Blue enamel
Sturmey-Archer Model FG ‘Dyno-four’ 4 speed gear
Humber named pedals
Brooks ‘Model B83’ saddle
Frame No 382833H
Humber’s ‘Royal’ range of the 1950s harked back to the ‘good old days’ of cycling, but with a touch of colour to distinguish it from the predominantly black roadsters of that era. The other ‘modern’ touch was Sturmey-Archer’s ‘Model FG’ Dyno-four 4 speed gear, introduced in 1948 and offered as an option (at extra cost) only on Humber’s Royal models.
My friend Ed found this survivor last year, and spent 12 hours carefully cleaning it with a toothbrush. Its original paintwork is in remarkable preserved condition. He serviced it and fitted new tyres and enjoyed riding it around his locality before I managed to persuade him to sell it to me recently. I also found it lovely to ride when I took it for a spin along the beach last week after this photo session. I expect it will soon be off to enjoy the ownership of a new custodian…
1956 HUMBER CATALOGUE EXTRACTS (DUBLIN, IRELAND)
HUMBER CATALOGUE AMENDMENTS, 1 January, 1957
1957 HUMBER CATALOGUE EXTRACTS