Thomas Humber produced in 1868 one of the best British Bicycles money could buy. H.J.Lawson (a financial promoter) took over the factory in 1896; but it did not work out as expected, production was slower, long waiting lists, etc….
Four years later a new company was created to produce light cars. From 1905 on the Humber name became the symbol of sturdy, well built en conventional cars. This policy was continued unchanged throughout the following years, with an accent on the “Upper-middle class car” .
Humber was taken over in 1928 by the Rootes Brothers. (They were the largest dealers in the Uk at that time in different makes.) Later it became part of the Rootes Group, came into possession of Chrysler in the 1970’s who abandoned the brand at the end of that decade.