1933/1934 Singer 1½-Litre (2-Litre) Le Mans Sports Registration no. AHU 515 Chassis no. 2175 Engine no. O/V522
By the beginning of the 1930s, Singer was in a secure financial position and the third largest UK car producer behind Morris and Austin. Like rivals MG, Singer recognised the validity of the adage 'win on Sunday, sell on Monday' and pursued an active competitions programme during the 1930s, commencing with the Sports and Le Mans versions of the overhead-camshaft Nine that had been introduced in 1932. The Le Mans 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.
Capitalising on the Nine's success, in May 1933 Singer had introduced a 1½-Litre Sports based on the existing six-cylinder 14hp model, and predictably followed that up with a Le Mans version for '34. The six-cylinder 1½-Litre's 7th and 8th place finishes at Le Mans in 1934 would prove to be the highlight of its endurance racing career. In trials, rallies and other competitions though, the 1½-litre Singer remained a force to be reckoned with for many years.
Little is known of the history of this example of one of the 1930s' most desirable small sports cars prior to its acquisition by the previous owner in 1993, at which time it was first registered with Singer Owners' Club. It is has the 2.0-litre overhead-valve engine from a Singer 'Silent Six', which was installed in the early 2000s. The current vendor has owned the Singer since January 2002. Currently registered in Monaco, the car has been campaigned enthusiastically, participating in the Scottish Rally, the first Rallye des Ardennes and various club rallies as well as touring Holland, France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. While in the vendor's care the Singer has required little refurbishment apart from a full interior re-trim and a new hood and tonneau covers, while routine maintenance has been entrusted to marque specialists Trevor Cornelius and Dave Harwick. Sure to provide its fortunate new owner with much enjoyment, the car is offered with Monegasque registration papers and a quantity of expired MoTs and tax discs.