Various models were allocated different colour schemes. Royal Blue was reserved for the top-of-the-line Royal Humbers, below.
1959 Humber ROYAL ELF
Model 324 with Special Royal Blue enamel
Sturmey-Archer Model FG ‘Dyno-four’ 4 speed gear
Humber named pedals
Brooks ‘Model B66S’ saddle
Frame No 45894C
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 rare survivor last year, and spent 12 hours carefully cleaning it with a toothbrush. Its original royal blue 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 for this photo session. I expect it will soon be off to enjoy the ownership of a new custodian…
1957 HUMBER CATALOGUE EXTRACTS
HUMBER CATALOGUE AMENDMENTS, 1 January, 1957
THE ROYAL FAMILY with their HUMBERS
The British Royal Family were related to those of many different countries, and there are many surviving photographs of the royal families of Denmark, Russia, Belgium and Greece meeting up for cycling trips. The Tsar of Russia formed a cycling club open only to those of royal blood. Their favourite bicycles were made by Humber and Rudge-Whitworth.
1887 HUMBER v 1959 HUMBER