Singer introduced the new 8hp Junior at the London Motor Show in October 1926. Unlike so many of its contemporary budget rivals the new Junior surprisingly featured an overhead camshaft engine of 56 x 86mm, displacing 848cc. This configuration was greeted with acclaim by the motoring press whose main criticisms of the new model were restricted to cosmetic matters including the lack of nickel plating and the painted running boards! These minor shortcomings were quickly rectified by Singer and the Junior range was to be their mainstay of production right through until 1932. The then fashionable disc wheels gave the Singer a distinctive and robust appearance and the sophisticated 8hp engine provided performance which belied its engine size.
This car was discovered under a collapsed barn in the Durham area in 1982 and the previous owner acquired this car in 1985 when some restoration work had been undertaken. Mechanically it was substantially complete, its new owner quickly sourcing missing parts and further restoration commenced. This included re-metalling and re-boring, the original cast iron pistons being retained. Valves and valve guides were replaced and the cylinder head resurfaced. The original Solex carburettor was replaced with an SU, giving enhanced performance. Brake linings were replaced and gearbox, differential and axle bearings replaced as necessary. New king pins were fitted. Rear wings were repaired and new front wings made to original pattern. Much of the original coachwork survived, although in poor state, and this was carefully preserved in the reconstruction of the body which was re-panelled in aluminium. The magneto, dynamo and starter were carefully checked and overhauled as necessary in 2007. This rare vintage light car is smartly presented in coffee and cream livery with brown Rexine-type upholstery. It is equipped with a Desmo nickel bulb horn, a Boyce Motometer, Rotax electrics and, somewhat unusually, a Jaeger 0-80mph speedometer which we suspect has not been tested to its upper limit. Although not illustrated we understand that there is a hood frame with the car. BS 9979 comes with a good quantity of photographs recording its restoration, various other Singer-related literature, MoT certificate which expired in July 2009 and a Swansea V5C registration document. This car was acquired by Jack Tattersall in 2008 and use has been restricted essentially to estate roads. Having seen little recent use we advise careful recommissioning before active use.