1931 Singer Junior Tourer  Chassis no. 35857 Engine no. 37076

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Lot 143
1931 Singer Junior Tourer
Registration no. VU 5279 Chassis no. 35857 Engine no. 37076

Sold for £ 7,130 (US$ 9,949) inc. premium
1931 Singer Junior Tourer
Registration no. VU 5279
Chassis no. 35857
Engine no. 37076

Footnotes

  • This car was rebuilt during 2011 and 2012 by the current owner, who is the Singer Owners' Club's Registrar for the Junior model and has owned and rebuilt five Juniors in all. It was acquired as a basket case from the previous owner in Lancashire, who had in turn acquired it as an incomplete project. It came with the remnants of a very badly molested, corroded and incomplete saloon body, which was beyond economic repair.

    It was decided to re-body the car in one of the styles that Singers offered on this chassis. Factory bodies included saloon, two-seater tourer and four-seater tourer. While there are numerous saloons extant, there is only one (currently dismantled) four-seater tourer known to the SOC and no two-seaters other than this re-created example. In the absence of existing cars to copy, the design was based on the manufacturer's sales leaflets and an artist's impression in the 1933 edition of Davison's Book of the Singer Junior, one of the popular Pitman's Motoring Library series.

    The body is constructed of traditional aluminium panels over a wood frame, and is finished in cellulose. Body fittings are from the remains of the original saloon and from the owner's own stock of Junior parts. The new wings are in steel. A new hood by Stephen Grundy of Warton, near Preston, has been fitted.

    The engine was re-bored, the cylinder head skimmed and fitted with hardened steel valve seats, and the valves replaced. The clutch and all the brakes have been relined. The electrics have been up-rated to 12 volts, and the car can be reliably used at night without loss of charge. The headlamps have been re-silvered and now use halogen bulbs, giving more than adequate illumination, while flashing indicators have been fitted in the interests of safety. An SU fuel pump has replaced the original Autovac.

    With its light body, the car is a surprisingly nippy performer, with a cruising speed – according to the re-conditioned speedometer – of around 48mph. The engine holds a healthy 20psi oil pressure at these speeds. The owner is moving house and losing garage accommodation, hence the decision to sell. Currently taxed, this delightful Singer soft-top is offered with an old-style logbook and V5 registration document.
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1931 Singer Junior Tourer  Chassis no. 35857 Engine no. 37076
1931 Singer Junior Tourer  Chassis no. 35857 Engine no. 37076
1931 Singer Junior Tourer  Chassis no. 35857 Engine no. 37076
1931 Singer Junior Tourer  Chassis no. 35857 Engine no. 37076
1931 Singer Junior Tourer  Chassis no. 35857 Engine no. 37076
1931 Singer Junior Tourer  Chassis no. 35857 Engine no. 37076
1931 Singer Junior Tourer  Chassis no. 35857 Engine no. 37076
1931 Singer Junior Tourer  Chassis no. 35857 Engine no. 37076
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