Once the wing design for the Victor was settled, HP also started design work on transport versions of the Victor. In 1952 they presented two different designs using the Victor wing, engines and tail, but with completely different fuselages.
H.P.96 military transport
The first design was tendered to the RAF as a military cargo and personnel transport. The H.P.96 was a minimum change design, utilised a new circular fuselage, widened almost to the size of the Victor radome bulge. The only significant innovation was the inclusion of a swing tail, similar in design to that used on the Canadair CL-44D, and later by Boeing on their 707 derived 735. The cabin volume was seriously compromised by the wing attachment and follow through, and could only carry a maximum of 85 passengers, although long loads of 40ft length could be carried through the tail.
As the advanced aerodynamics of the Victor had not yet flown and been proven, the RAF were reluctant to progress the project, and it was not considered further.
H.P.97 civil airliner
The second proposal was for a "double-bubble" civilian airliner, using the fuselage shape successfully used by Boeing in the 377 Stratocruiser, to allow an uninterrupted passenger cabin, able to seat up to 150. Strangely for a civil aircraft, the military-style external fuel tanks were to be fitted for long-range trans-Atlantic sectors. Like its military sibling, the H.P.97 gained no traction and BOAC displayed only minimal interest - but marketing models of the aircraft in semi-BOAC colours were produced, sometimes confusingly mislabeled as "H.P.96".
Thanks very much to Hood for providing more data on the H.P.96 - giving a much more satisfying illustration.