Lot 231 - 1936 Singer Le Mans Special Speed
|£45,000 - £65,000
- Rare 1.5 litre six-cylinder example of which just 71 were built
- Extensively restored
- Sizeable history file
Singers started as a bicycle maker and ventured as a motor manufacturer in 1905. They expanded and became the main challenger to MG in the thirties producing British Sporting cars. In the early 30’s Singer designed a small two-seater sports the Nine with a 972 cc capacity engine. This proved successful and they went larger by producing the 1.5 litre six-cylinder triple carburettor car which could travel at 70 mph and was timed at 103 mph at Le Mans.
Singer set up their own competition department in March 1933 and success followed including Le Mans, Brooklands, TT and RAC Rally with their 1.5 litre cars. Later they were a major player in the trials that were enormously important in the 1930’s; London, Exeter, Lands End, London Edinburgh and the Scottish six-day trials. Aside from Singers sports car success, Betty Haig drove her 1.5 litre example to Berlin in 1936 and won the Olympic Rally and came home with an Olympic Gold medal!
This wonderfully restored example of the iconic Singer Le Mans Special Speed boasts its original 1.5 litre six-cylinder engine and is one of only 71 examples ever built. Offered in very good order throughout the Singer is presented in black coachwork with black wire wheels over an interior which boasts black leather seats and carpets and a wooden dashboard, and benefits from two spare wheels with fitted tyres mounted at the rear. Previously the subject of an extensive restoration the Singer has more recently been treated to significant engine work and is reported by the vendor to be in excellent running order, and indeed on our inspection the engine fired up on first turn and sounded fantastic! Accompanying the car is a sizeable history file including copies of the original sales specifications, recent invoices, photographs during a race meeting in period, and photographs of the restoration process. In very good condition throughout the Le Mans Special Speed is eligible for many motorsport events including the Flying Scotsman and the Le Mans Classic and can also be enjoyed on the open road! Consigner Daniel Godin
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