Long before the first motor car ran on the road, Humber cycles were world famous. The original company took its name from Mr. Thomas Humber who, in 1867, laid the foundation of the existing business. In 1887, the undertaking became a limited liability company.
The first Humber car was made in 1899 - a 3-1/2 h.p. model known as the ``Phaeton''. During World War I the resourcees of the company were given over to armaments manufacture (including aero engines) and afterwards it resumed manufacture of a range of high-class cars.
In 1926 a link was established with commercial vehicle manufacturer through the purchase of the organisation at Luton which then became known as Commer Cars Limited. Throughout World War II, Humber Ltd. were responsible for many products apart from aero engines. It gained a new reputation making staff cars and armoured cars for the British and Imperial Forces.
In December 1954 the War Department presented to the Group the historic staff car used by Field-Marshal Montgomery throughout the North African and Italian campaigns, as testimony to ``the good service rendered by Humber vehicles'' during the war. The car ``Old Faithful'' has become a symbol of the motor industry's war effort.
In 1952 a Humber Super Snipe was driven overland from London to Cape Town in 13 days 9 hours and 6 minutes - a time which has still not been bettered, and Humber cars have gained an un-paralleled reputation for quality all the world over. The styling of the latestHumbers was recognised by the fashion-conscious Italians themselves in 1957 and 1958, when Humber cars received top awards in the annual Rome Concours d'elegance competition.