1933 Singer Nine Sports Four-Seat Tourer  Chassis no. 49998 Engine no. 51214

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Lot 424
1933 Singer Nine Sports Four-Seat Tourer
Registration no. LJ 8341 Chassis no. 49998 Engine no. 51214

Sold for £ 17,250 (US$ 21,101) inc. premium
1933 Singer Nine Sports Four-Seat Tourer
Registration no. LJ 8341
Chassis no. 49998
Engine no. 51214

Footnotes

  • The Singer Nine's immediate ancestor was the 8hp Junior, a successful high-quality light car powered by an 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, cutaway doors, Rudge-Whitworth knock-off wire wheels, sprung steering wheel and matching Jaeger instruments.
    This beautiful example of one of the 1930s' most desirable small sports cars was purchased by the current vendor at Bonhams' Olympia Sale in 2009 (Lot 561). The previous owner had undertaken an extensive restoration, mainly between 1995 and 2000, culminating with 'LJ 8341' returning to the road in 2009. However, an advancing Veteran car project restricted available space and hence the Singer was sold. The restoration included a body-off repaint retaining the original panels; stripping back the mechanical components to the chassis frame and rebuilding; renewing the floor panels, carpets and hood; rewiring the electrics; re-plating of all brightwork; and a full interior re-trim in Connolly leather.
    Following acquisition, the current owner – an enthusiastic Vintage Sports Car Club member - fettled and improved the car further, including addressing a minor water-in-oil leak, realigning of the hood to improve fitting, and adjusting the suspension to improve road manners. However, the over 6' 2" vendor does not fit comfortably in this delightful little car, and feels that the time has come for someone else to enjoy it. 'LJ 8341' represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a practical alternative to a pre-war or T-Series MG, and with a little more work could bring home a trophy or two in active or concours competition. The car is offered with sundry restoration invoices, assorted literature, Dave Hardwick spares catalogue, owner's handbook, old-style logbook, MoT to May 2012, Swansea V5C registration document and a small quantity of spares including a cylinder head gasket.
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1933 Singer Nine Sports Four-Seat Tourer  Chassis no. 49998 Engine no. 51214
1933 Singer Nine Sports Four-Seat Tourer  Chassis no. 49998 Engine no. 51214
1933 Singer Nine Sports Four-Seat Tourer  Chassis no. 49998 Engine no. 51214
1933 Singer Nine Sports Four-Seat Tourer  Chassis no. 49998 Engine no. 51214
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