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Car Of The Day: February 27, 2018; Hot Wheels / Bandai '39 Humber Super Snipe
Topic Started: Feb 27 2018, 02:41 AM (531 Views)
Dean-o-mite
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Today's car of the day is Hot Wheels / Bandai's 1939 Humber Super Snipe.


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The Humber Super Snipe is a car which was produced from 1938 to 1967 by British-based Humber Limited. The Super Snipe was introduced in October 1938, derived by combining the four-liter inline six-cylinder engine from the larger Humber Pullman with the chassis and body of the Humber Snipe, normally powered by a three-liter engine. The result was a car of enhanced performance and a top speed of 79 mph (127 km/h) -fast for its day. Its design was contributed to by American engine genius Delmar "Barney" Roos who left a successful career at Studebaker to join Rootes in 1936. The Super Snipe was marketed to upper-middle-class managers, professional people and government officials. It was relatively low-priced for its large size and performance, and was similar to American cars in appearance and concept, and in providing value for money. Within a year of introduction, World War II broke out in Europe but the car continued in production as a British military staff car, the Car, 4-seater, 4x2, while the same chassis was used for an armored reconnaissance vehicle, the Humber Light Reconnaissance Car.



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For more information and pictures of the real car please visit: Humber Super Snipe


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This is the first Humber diecast to be featured as Car Of The Day. This Humber Super Snipe was part of the Charawheels line, from both Hot Wheels and Bandai (both trademarks appear on packaging and base of the car). Charawheels was sort of a Japan version of "Hollywood On Wheels," featuring cars from TV, film and animation. The Humber Super Snipe was from an animated series called "Lupin The Third," which also featured a yellow Fiat 500 and a pink Citroen 2CV, both of which were also replicated by Hot Wheels / Bandai. This model is a bit larger than 1/64, but the dimensions vary, as is often the case with diecast. I scaled out the width at just under 1/59, while the length measures out to just under 1/52 scale. A comparison photo is included below with a Hot Wheels Range Rover.


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While the post-World War II home market for the car continued as before, the Rootes Group also marketed the car for export. The Super Snipe was assembled in Australia, commencing in 1953 with the Mark IV. From 1956 the car was available with automatic transmission, but the model was discontinued shortly afterwards. Super Snipes were also assembled in New Zealand for a number of years by Rootes Group and Chrysler importer Todd Motors which later became Mitsubishi New Zealand. The Mark I was essentially a 6-cylinder female version of the 1945 Humber Hawk, itself a facelifted pre-war car. A version of the 1930s Snipe remained available, with the 1936-introduced 2731 cc engine. However, the standard Super Snipe engine was the 4086cc side-valve engine that had appeared in the Humber Pullman nearly a decade earlier, in 1936, and which would continue to power post-war Super Snipes until 1952. Throughout the years 1936-1952 the maximum power output of the engine was always given by the manufacturer as 100 bhp at 3400 rpm.



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Dean-o-mite
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A screencap from the show:

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What are the odds? I hadn't thought about this model in years and found myself searching EBay for it earlier tonight and then here it is as COTD.
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juantoo3
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I didn't know about this one either....so many of the Charawheels models were unfamiliar to me, and so many of them!

Sounds like all 3 mentioned I would like...maybe time to give Charawheels another look...
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Dean-o-mite
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juantoo3
Feb 27 2018, 08:18 AM
I didn't know about this one either....so many of the Charawheels models were unfamiliar to me, and so many of them!

Sounds like all 3 mentioned I would like...maybe time to give Charawheels another look...
Most of the Charawheels are very accurately close to 1/64 scale; the Lupin The Third trio is the exception, being a bit larger scale, but still within acceptable scale standards (and the Fiat & Citroen look the part very well, being smaller cars).
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toyotageek
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I need to confirm, but I think "Charawheels" is a conglomeration of "Character Wheels"

From the Hot Wheels Wiki:
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Hot Wheels / Charawheels / Bandai were produced exclusively for the Japanese market between 2002 - 2004. The models are approximately 1:64 scale vehicles and are based on movies and television shows that were popular in Japan at that time.


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Pegers
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this is the 1st Charawheels that i like enough to hunt for.
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tksjohn
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I'm very happy I came across this thread as my buddy has a silver last gen Prelude. He knows how much die-cast I have and was surprised to hear that there has been next to no die-cast of his car in any scale. I have a 1/43 Modifier of the 2001 style Prelude but that is it. I'm not pulling the trigger on this for the prices they are currently asking for on eBay ($30+) but very excited to see this casting is in existence!

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Swifty
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I've toyed with adding the Humber to my collection over the years. I seem to recall it comes with figures on the sides - I was never sure if those were removable or not. Now that I know they come off, I want one! thanks Dean!
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ivantt
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Well, well, what a car the above is! The packaging, the graphics, the TV show looks of the car, etc. are very eye catching. A real conversation piece for someone's collection. Dated 1997, this one probably collects quite a few dollars more than I think.
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pjedsel
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Very nice - this is certainly a model I would not mind adding to my collection. This is the first I knew about this one so appreciate seeing it as part of the COTD offering.
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I like this!

I've actually seen Lupin, from when my son was into anime a couple years back, and I never knew that there was a diecast series! By Hot Wheels no less!
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Stangfreak
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One extremely sharp model here!!!
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kozi
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Those cars are fiat 500, Citroen 2 cv, Humber Super Snipe. It is a very high quality die cast car. The price was 3800 jpy.(3cars 1 set)
Edited by kozi, Mar 16 2018, 12:10 AM.
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jurcpa
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ohhhh many thanks for pictures ,and info ,great never saw before !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
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Mar 16 2018, 07:48 AM
ohhhh many thanks for pictures ,and info ,great never saw before !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
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