1930 Singer 8hp 'Porlock' Sports Junior  Chassis no. 18989 Engine no. 24113
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1930 Singer 8hp 'Porlock' Sports Junior Chassis no. 18989 Engine no. 24113
Sold for £9,775 (US$ 16,352) inc. premium
Lot Details
1930 Singer 8hp 'Porlock' Sports Junior
Registration no. GF 4494
Chassis no. 18989
Engine no. 24113
Car no. 23556


  • Bicycle manufacturer Singer first ventured into the world of powered transport in 1901, making tricycles and motorcycles. Tri-cars soon followed, with motor car production proper commencing in 1905 using proprietary engines. The first Singer-powered model - the 10hp - debuted at The Cycle & Motor Cycle Show in November 1912. Because it weighed less than 7cwt and was under 1,100cc in capacity the 10hp Singer was classed as a cyclecar, hence the choice of venue. But unlike the majority of contemporary cyclecars, which were flimsy affairs of limited practicality, Singer's new baby was a proper light car and thus a development of immense significance. This policy of producing a high quality light car with a better-than-average specification was continued by the Junior. Introduced at the Motor Show in 1926, the 8hp Junior was powered by an 848cc, four-cylinder, overhead-camshaft engine. Immensely successful, the model was produced until 1932, undergoing a number of improvements for 1930 including a rear-mounted fuel tank, restyled radiator and four-speed gearbox in place of the earlier three-speed unit.
    The car offered here is one of the more desirable Junior variants, the Porlock Sports, which took its name from the eponymous Somerset hill. In December 1928 this formidable climb was tackled by a Junior Sports driven by two Singer agents, E Wood and E W Deeley, making 100 successful ascents and descents (press cutting on file). This particular Porlock was discovered in 2004 lying derelict in a barn by the preceding owner, Mr Keith Hill of Edwyn Ralph, Herefordshire, who completely restored it in 2005. Accompanying 'as found' photographs show that a surprising amount of the body, including the boat-shaped rear section, had survived. The Singer was acquired from Mrs J Poole of Lawford, Essex, whose husband Robert had bought it in 1937 and taken it off the road in 1947 following an accident. The current vendor acquired the Singer as a 'must have' for the Porlock museum in January 2009. This delightful Vintage-era sports car is offered with the aforementioned 'as found', restoration and period photographs; related literature and technical information; VSCC Eligibility Document; DVLA correspondence; SORN letter; a quantity of expired MoT certificates; Swansea V5C document; and MoT to July 2013.
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