Lot 304 - 1964 Singer Gazelle V
|Odometer reading||44,106 miles|
|Result||Sold - £784|
The Gazelle was the first Singer to be produced following the take-over of the Singer Company by the Rootes Group in 1956; it was a version of the mainstream Hillman Minx differing mainly in retaining the Singer overhead cam engine. Externally the only significant difference was a restyled nose, based around a traditional Singer grille. The body style followed by the Gazelle between 1956 and 1967 came to be known as the 'Audax' body, with significant input from the American based Loewy design organisation, highly regarded at the time partly on account of Loewy's input to several iconic Studebaker designs. In line with Rootes Group policy the car kept getting small upgrades each with a new designation. In September 1958 the car became the III, received better seats, now enhanced at the front by a folding central arm rest and new duo-tone paint became available with this upgrade. The IIIA of 1959 gained small tail fins and a larger windscreen. The engine was upgraded with twin Solex carburettors replacing the single Solex, distinguishing it from the Minx, and lifting output to 60bhp. Home market cars got a floor gear change and as well as overdrive, Smith's Easidrive automatic transmission also became an option. The 1960 IIIB received a new back axle featuring a hypoid bevel in place of the former model's spiral bevel. A larger engine of 1592 cc developing 53bhp was fitted to the July 1961 IIIC. The VI was the last and rarest of the 'Audax' Gazelles, the engine was all new with a five bearing crankshaft and capacity of 1725cc at first developing 65bhp but this was later reduced to 59bhp.
This 1964 Singer Gazelle V is a good sound car which has been fully maintained and is in good running order with some bodywork carried out in the beginning of 2013 including replacement of both rear panels and part of the boot floor. Coach painted in green with light green interior which would benefit from some light restoration to bring it back to being in very good condition. This Singer Gazelle is supplied with a V5C registration document and a history file containing old MoT test certificates and invoices. This is a good classic car which after light cosmetic restoration you would be happy to take to any event or rally.
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