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NeilsYard
Coventry
181 of 214  Mon 9th Oct 2023 3:27pm  

This is the Sunbeam Record-breaking car in 1927. It broke the Land Speed record that year - Wikipedia Entry . Its captioned as being in Coventry where it was built - Do we think this is at the Humber Works?
Coventry Cars and Motoring - Humber / Hillman / Rootes / Chrysler / Peugeot
PhiliPamInCoventry
Holbrooks
182 of 214  Tue 10th Oct 2023 5:16am  

Hi all, I was told that when Humber, later joined by Hillman, had changed to manufacturing motor cars from bicycles, their first location was in Hillfields, in the region of where Costco/Brooker is now. Once established, their grand offices were what became Lloyds bank at the junction of Paynes Lane & Gosford Green. I believe the photo is adjacent to Alma St/Hood St, Hillfields.
Coventry Cars and Motoring - Humber / Hillman / Rootes / Chrysler / Peugeot
Throwley
Bucks
183 of 214  Tue 10th Oct 2023 8:38am  

Funnily enough, I was talking about this car with one of the Brooklands engineers who is also working on the resurrection of this car by Beaulieu. It was actually built in Sunbeam's Moorfield works in Wolverhampton, and powered by two Sunbeam aero engines. The towing truck has a Dudley registration plate. I'm doubtful of a Coventry connection in the making of this car. Maybe it was placed on display somewhere in Coventry after its 200mph record breaking run in '27.
Coventry Cars and Motoring - Humber / Hillman / Rootes / Chrysler / Peugeot
NeilsYard
Coventry
184 of 214  Tue 10th Oct 2023 10:45am  

Thanks Throwley - I didn't recognise it as anything Old-Cov that I had seen before - hence the posting..........
Coventry Cars and Motoring - Humber / Hillman / Rootes / Chrysler / Peugeot
PhiliPamInCoventry
Holbrooks
185 of 214  Tue 10th Oct 2023 5:00pm  

I travelled past the Humber Rd former Humber site today aboard the No 3.
Coventry Cars and Motoring - Humber / Hillman / Rootes / Chrysler / Peugeot
Annewiggy
Tamworth
186 of 214  Tue 10th Oct 2023 8:09pm  

Other pictures on the internet show the writing on the side which says it was made by the Sunbeam Motor Co in Wolverhamoton
Coventry Cars and Motoring - Humber / Hillman / Rootes / Chrysler / Peugeot
NeilsYard
Coventry
187 of 214  Wed 11th Oct 2023 9:54am  

Thanks Anne - could that not just be a reference to their HQ? That said I knew Bluebird was built here but not this one.
Coventry Cars and Motoring - Humber / Hillman / Rootes / Chrysler / Peugeot
Throwley
Bucks
188 of 214  Wed 11th Oct 2023 10:45am  

I like the casually-placed BP can in front of the car in Anne's picture. Product placement, 1927-style.
Coventry Cars and Motoring - Humber / Hillman / Rootes / Chrysler / Peugeot
Annewiggy
Tamworth
189 of 214  Wed 11th Oct 2023 12:50pm  

I have found several articles that say it was made in Wolverhampton and this one tells when it was leaving the works. There is a very poor picture that says it is the first time the car has left the works at Wolverhampton. Looking at the original picture though the building does not look like any Pictures I can find of the Sunbeam works there. Perhaps it came on a visit sometime after the race.
Coventry Cars and Motoring - Humber / Hillman / Rootes / Chrysler / Peugeot
NeilsYard
Coventry
190 of 214  Mon 13th Nov 2023 12:37pm  

I know we eventually determined the original pic I posted wasn't Coventry but I was at the NEC over the weekend for the Classic Car show - look what I found - Its huge!
Coventry Cars and Motoring - Humber / Hillman / Rootes / Chrysler / Peugeot
Earlsdon Kid
Argyll & Bute, Scotland
191 of 214  Tue 28th Nov 2023 8:24pm  

Rootes Competitions Department
Coventry Cars and Motoring - Humber / Hillman / Rootes / Chrysler / Peugeot
NeilsYard
Coventry
192 of 214  Wed 29th Nov 2023 10:38am  

That link is only going to the FB front page for me, Earlsdon Kid?
Coventry Cars and Motoring - Humber / Hillman / Rootes / Chrysler / Peugeot
Earlsdon Kid
Argyll & Bute, Scotland
193 of 214  Wed 29th Nov 2023 5:52pm  

Sorry NeilsYard, I guess the link wouldn't work because it's a group on Facebook. I'm not sure I could upload a screengab of the image because of copyright?
Coventry Cars and Motoring - Humber / Hillman / Rootes / Chrysler / Peugeot
MichelleE
New Zealand
194 of 214  Thu 7th Dec 2023 12:32am  

Photos at Humber Assembly Line, Ryton Plant Christmas party 1958 or 1959. My Grandad Clinton Gay in the glasses. My Dad Peter Gay worked there too when it was Humber/Hillman & Chrysler, and my brother worked there when it was Peugeot.
Michelle Evans

Coventry Cars and Motoring - Humber / Hillman / Rootes / Chrysler / Peugeot
lindatee2002
Virginia USA
195 of 214  Thu 7th Dec 2023 2:26am  

My uncle, Eric Dark worked here - I think he was an upholsterer.
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