The factory prototype 'Blue Car', Brooklands Houghton Cup and Wakefield Cup-winning,1933 Singer Nine Sports Team Car  Chassis no. 48500 Engine no. 49606

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The factory prototype 'Blue Car', Brooklands Houghton Cup and Wakefield Cup-winning, 1933 Singer Nine Sports Team Car
Registration no. KV 5669 Chassis no. 48500 Engine no. 49606

Sold for £ 41,100 (US$ 57,355) inc. premium
The factory prototype 'Blue Car', Brooklands Houghton Cup and Wakefield Cup-winning
1933 Singer Nine Sports Team Car
Registration no. KV 5669
Chassis no. 48500
Engine no. 49606


  • 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.
    Despite having been in production for only one season, the Nine was completely redesigned for 1933, retaining the engine capacity of 972cc but benefiting from a more powerful and much more strongly built unit, which went into a new chassis of increased wheelbase and track, equipped with Lockheed hydraulic brakes all round. The bigger chassis and more powerful engine made possible a new four-seater version of the Nine Sports. Styled by Eric Neale, Singer's first small four-seater sports car was one of the most attractive of its day, featuring a louvred bonnet and scuttle, cut away doors, Rudge-Whitworth knock-off wire wheels, sprung steering wheel and matching Jaeger instruments.
    Having been encouraged by the many sporting successes accrued by the Nine, Singer established a competitions department, among the first products of which were the three special lightweight Nines, which were built originally for the Brooklands Light Car Relay Race of 1933. Of these three, the blue Nine - 'KV 5669', that offered here - is the only known car in a driveable condition today. It has considerable in-period race history, details of which are contained within the accompanying history file. Unfortunately, the three special Nine prototypes were not ready in time for the 1933 event, although 'KV 5699' did race at Donington Park later that year.
    In 1934 the same three cars were entered in that year's Light Car Relay Race at Brooklands. They were driven by a team of well know lady racing drivers: Kay Petre, Eileen Ellison and Mrs Tolhurst (numbers 19a, 19b and 19c). The blue car was driven by the team's leader, the diminutive Kay Petre, quite possibly the most famous lady racing driver of her generation, who would later lap the Brooklands Outer Circuit at 134.75mph driving a V12 Delage. After considerable behind-the-scenes activity, the three ladies came 5th overall and were awarded the Houghton Cup as the highest placed women's team, and also bagged the Wakefield Trophy for the first one-make team home. As a result Kay Petre was invited to enter that year's Le Mans 24-Hour race, in which she shared a Riley Ulster Imp with Dorothy Champney.
    In 1934 the blue car was sold to Charles Henwood, the Singer agent for South Wales, where
    it raced on the Pendine Sands. In the early 1970s 'KV 5699' was tracked down by Don Bingham, who totally and sympathetically rebuilt the car into the condition it is today (a photographic record of the restoration is contained within the history file). The Nine is almost completely original apart from the carburettors, which are slightly smaller than those originally fitted by the factory, although these are available. Otherwise, all mechanical components, chassis, body, etc are factory parts; the seats are not, but there is one original seat frame with the car. Also included in the sale are additional spare wheels and a quantity of mechanical spares. Offered with sundry restoration invoices, Swansea V5 and a substantial file of history including in-period photographs and race entry sheets, 'KV 5699' represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a unique Singer works team car possessing Brooklands history.

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