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Lot 538
1934 Singer Nine Le Mans Sports Two-Seater
Registration no. NV 4649 Chassis no. 62669 Engine no. 57800

Sold for £ 12,765 (US$ 17,813) inc. premium
1934 Singer Nine Le Mans Sports Two-Seater
Registration no. NV 4649
Chassis no. 62669
Engine no. 57800
The Singer Nine's immediate ancestor was the 8hp Junior, a successful high-quality light car powered by a 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 MGs.

This beautiful example of one of the 1930's most desirable small sportscars was acquired by the present owner seven years ago. The vehicle was in excellent condition, having already been restored, but nevertheless was deemed capable of mechanical improvement. With this in mind the engine and gearbox were rebuilt in 1997, the former receiving new pistons, valves, etc and the latter new bearings. Around 1,000 miles have been covered since the rebuild's completion. Under-bonnet detailing is to show standard, with ancillary pipework, water hose clips and original toolkit exactly to correct specification. Interior quality is excellent, with nicely mellowed upholstery, while the dashboard and instrumentation are pristine. The car has the benefit of aero screens, twin rear-mounted spare wheels and chromed rear luggage rack with period picnic basket, and comes complete with all new weather equipment including side screens and tonneau. Finished in green with beige leather upholstery, the vehicle is presented in very good condition throughout and offered with assorted expired MoTs, old-style logbook, first owner's delivery note, road fund licence/MoT to May 2004 and Swansea V5. A large quantity of mechanical spares also is available for sale privately.
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