Specific: The Humber FWD was
acquired shortly after WW II. At least the ambulance
version was bought.
Historical: Throughout WW II Humber Ltd produced
a range of military pattern vehicles based on a common 8
cwt 4 x 4 Super Snipe chassis. Included were a heavy utility car, a
light field ambulance, a truck and some armoured types
(Humber Mk III & IIIA).
Both the GS and FFW versions followed the style of the earlier 4x2
vehicles, but the cab and bonnet were much simplified for ease of
production. The truck had a standardised WD body with three seats and a
superstructure with folding legs that could be used of
the vehicle as a tent. The FFW version had two seats in the back and a no.
The ambulance had a 2 stretcher body made by
Thrupp & Maberly. Well over 1100 ambulanced were produced in two
batches. Shortly after the end of the war the type was declared obsolete
in the British Army and auctioned off.
The British Broadcasting Corporation employed some
converted ambulances as recording vans for war
correspondents in combat areas accompanied by a utility
vehicle to serve as a tender.
Engine: Own 6-cylinder, 4.086 cm3 (249 cubic inches)
displacement, carburettor, liquid-cooled.
Horsepower: 85 at 3.400 rpm.
Transfer case: 2-speed.
Electrical system: 12 volt..
Tyres: 9.25 - 16.
without preparation: N/A.
with deep water fording kit: N/A.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: 73 liter (16 gallons).