The Singer Nine’s immediate ancestor was the 8bhp Junior, a successful high-quality light car powered by an 848cc four-cylinder overhead-camshaft engine. Built from 1932 to 1939, the Nine employed a 972cc 26.5bhp version of this motor (first used for the Junior Special) in an entirely new chassis. A four-speed freewheel gearbox was standard, while both the Nine Sports and the more powerful and faster Nine Le Mans came with hydraulic brakes. The latter model had resulted from a successful venture into endurance racing, when a Nine Sports took 13th place in the 1933 Le Mans 24-Hour Race. But it was in trials events that the sporting Nines proved particularly effective, successfully challenging the previously dominant MG’s.
Despite having been in production for only one season, the Nine was completely redesigned for 1933, retaining the engine capacity of 972cc but benefiting from a more powerful and much more strongly built unit, which went into a new chassis, of increased wheelbase and track, equipped with Lockheed hydraulic brakes all round. The bigger chassis and more powerful engine made possible a new four-seater version of the Nine Sports. Styled by Eric Neale, Singer’s first small four-seater sports car was one of the most attractive of its day, featuring a louvred bonnet and scuttle, cutaway doors, Rudge-Whitworth knock-off wire wheels, sprung steering wheel and matching Jaeger instruments.
This wonderful Singer is presented with a charming patina having never been stripped and restored but rather the car has benefitted from good maintenance and periodic refurbishment when strictly necessary. Therefore the interior and hood bag are original and showing superb character, while the hood has been replaced and we are advised is water tight. Over recent years the current owner has made sure this Singer remains spritely with a good amount of mechanical maintenance including an engine rebuild with new pistons, rebuilt brakes all round, a new clutch, rebuilt steering box and starter motor and a new fuel pump. A truly delightful pre-War sports car that is said to be a joy to drive and would make for a superb weekend companion.