HUM 7 was first registered in Leeds on 1st August, 1939; Eleven TB models were completed on 4th July, 1939, six of these being Tickfords. TB0440 would have then been delivered to Salmons at Newport Pagnell as a chassis with all running gear and would have been returned as a gleaming new Tickford with all refinements that come with this model, in time for first registration.
The first owner was a Mr Kitchingman of Leeds and the car subsequently criss-crossed the Pennines, spending time in Cheshire in 1964, Swinton (two owners) in 1967 and 1968, Eccles in 1971 and Macclesfield in 1977.
The car went to John Hunting in Duncraig, Western Australia, who restored the car in the late 1970s before coming into the ownership of Harry and Deidre Pyle.
TB0440 was purchased in Nov 2002 by the present owner and shipped to Mansfield, Ohio where it was restored to concours condition by Safety Fast Restoration, Tom Metcalf, from June ‘03 to June ’05. In 2006 the car won best of class at Amelia Island and other Concours venues. It won the Chairman’s Special Award at the MG International Meet held at Gatlinburg, Tennessee in 2006.
My thanks to Len Star for agreeing to have his car featured.