Buying things on Ebay gives a strange kind of satisfaction. Although you’ve actually paid hard cash for your item – it almost feels like a present when it appears in the post. The money that changes hands is intangible – usually flying through the air via Deposit Express – and because I don’t tend to buy hugely expensive items (after The Case of the Stolen Laptop) the impact on my bank balance is fairly minimal. My Saint magazine from the other day cost about $3 and my new Humber Poster was about $6. It arrived yesterday – an original advertisement for my exact model – it is soooo funny. There’s a picture of a chauffeur driving an older man in hat and glasses reading an ‘important document’ while smoking a cigar. Pure class. Then the advertisement reads:
As it happens, more Humber Super Snipes are chauffeur driven than any other car. But most Super Snipe owners are selfish [yes – it’s true – I’m selfish, and that’s why I have no chauffeur]. They want the thrill of piloting this beauty for themselves. And in the case of Humber, beauty is not just skin deep. every Humber is precision engineered to the last nut and bolt. That’s why Humber is the accepted name for quality – an image justly earned by two great cars, the fully automatic Super Snipe [mine] and the compact Vogue [my sister’s – it’s so dinky]. Got your eye on a Humber? You’ve got your eye on the finest car in Australia.
Also – it has the prices of what the car cost in (I’m assuming) about 1965 (it’s a 1964 model). So now I’m scouring the web to find how to translate Â£2,039 into current value…Oh – and if anyone is living near Sydney – there is a car the same as mine, but a different colour, for sale on ebay for only $1000. I swear – if the house was sold and I was back in Melbourne I’d snap it up. [mope].