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Lot 114 - 1934 Singer Le Mans

in current ownership for over 30 years

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£18,955

Auction Syon Park
Auction Date 13th October 2018
Day of Auction

Lot Details

Lot Number 114
Reg. Number UK Registered
Chassis Number 60235
Year 1934
Make Singer
Model Le Mans

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Description

Founded in 1905 by bicycle manufacturer George Singer, the firm made its first saleable car in Coventry the following year. By 1928 Singer had grown to become Britain’s third largest car maker after Austin and Morris. Singer entered into a flirtation with motorsports in the 1930s that took it to that font of racing greatness, Le Mans. At the core of the story was the ohc four created for the Singer. Enlargement of this engine’s displacement resulted in the 972cc Nine series (so named for its taxable horsepower rating). Among the cars in the series were the Sports models, a coupe and a four-seat open car on a lowered chassis. These were soon accompanied by a Le Mans 2-seater. According to The Beaulieu Encyclopaedia of the Automobile, “Encouraged by reliable performances in the 1934 Le Mans race, Singer prepared a team of lightweight 2-seaters for 1935.” These cars could hit 90 mph, and did well at Le Mans and Brook­lands.

 

Twin SU carburettors helped the Le Mans make 34 bhp, with the help of a Moss four-speed gearbox, a Le Mans could hit 75 mph with the suspension comprising of semi elliptical springs all around and friction shocks.

 

This charming example was registered on 25th March 1934, and has been with just one owner for 31 years, during which it enjoyed a chassis up restoration by marque specialist Ian Blackburn. In the last year the engine was uprated to a more powerful 1100cc unit however the original engine will be supplied with the car. Finished in ivory with a wine red leather interior, this is a charming example of an ever popular pre-war sportscar.


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