1925 Singer 10/26hp Roadster  Chassis no. 159 Engine no. 55730B
Lot 639
1925 Singer 10/26hp Roadster Chassis no. 159 Engine no. 55730B
Sold for £7,820 (US$ 12,534) inc. premium

Lot Details
1925 Singer 10/26hp Roadster
Registration no. BS 9142
Chassis no. 159
Engine no. 55730B

Footnotes

  • Coventry cycle 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 (actually 1,096cc) the 10hp Singer was classed as a cyclecar, which explains the choice of venue. But unlike the majority of contemporary cyclecars, which were flimsy affairs of limited practicality, the new baby Singer was a proper light car and thus a development of immense significance. Priced at £185 at launch and produced for more than a decade, the Ten was an immense commercial success for Singer and is regarded as a landmark model in the history of the British motor industry.
    Its successor, known as the '10/26', was launched at the 1924 Motor Show. The newcomer boasted a 1,308cc overhead-valve engine that produced 25% more power than its predecessor's, enabling the car's dimensions to be usefully increased. A wider variety of body styles was made available on the newly enlarged 'Ten', ranging from a two-seat roadster up to a limousine. On the model's first competitive outing, the 1924 London-Exeter Trial, the 10/26 acquitted itself admirably, rewarding its driver, A R H Stewart, with a Gold Medal. The 10/26 would turn out to be an even greater success than its illustrious forebear, with more than 15,000 produced over three years.
    This delightful Singer 10/26hp roadster is one of only a handful of its type left in existence according to the Singer Owners' Club's Vintage Registrar. Exported new to Australia in rolling chassis form and bodied locally, the car was sold by Overseas Motors PTY Ltd of Melbourne and cost £285. Believed restored circa 2000 and described as in generally good/very good condition, the Singer returned to the UK in 2002 and has been owned by the current vendor for the last seven years. Representing a rare opportunity to acquire a Vintage roadster belonging to one of Britain's premier marques, 'BS 9142' is offered with assorted paperwork, current road fund licence, MoT to August 2013 and Swansea V5C document.
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