26th Jul, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

 
  Lot 44
 

1936 Singer Nine Le Mans Special

Sold for £11,250

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: VV 4794
Chassis No: 5384
MOT: Exempt

  • Le Mans Special restored using parts supplied by specialist Trevor Cornelius
  • Resided in current ownership since 2008
  • Fitted with a larger capacity 1074cc Singer engine
  • Offered with a history file

Produced from 1933 to 1937, the Nine Le Mans had a higher tuned version of the 972cc inline-four, with stronger valve tappets, a thicker, sharply angled camshaft paired with flat-back rocker arms, and a bigger and better-cooled cast aluminium oil sump of roughly 6 gallons in capacity. Power climbed to a sustainable 34hp and a close-ratio gearbox was fitted. The chassis was dropped in the centre after the radiator, and thus underslung at the rear, giving the car a much lower profile relative to the road, as compared to the Sports variant. No running boards, a 12-imperial-gallon (55 litres) external fuel tank and twin spare wheels finished the competition appearance and added valuable weight to the rear axle. As opposed to the competing MGs, the Singer had more powerful and dependable hydraulic Lockheed brakes. The Nine Le Mans, while not particularly successful at the track which gave it its name, clocked up an impressive number of wins at hill climbs, trials, and various endurance races such as the Liège-Rome-Liège and the Alpine Cup Rally.

Chassis 5384 was manufactured new in 1936, little is known of the Singer’s early history until the early 2000s when the car was requiring restoration. Subsequently provided with a full restoration that began in 2003, a Le Mans-style body was fitted with cycle wings and finished in Dark Blue, and the Singer was fitted with a larger capacity 1074cc engine with twin SU carburettors and corresponding gearbox with many of the parts used supplied by specialist Trevor Cornelius. Purchased by the vendor in 2008, the vendor had intended on using the Le Mans in VSCC events, but the Singer has been used sparingly since purchase. Starting readily and running well during our photography session, the Singer is due to be driven to the sale. Accompanied by a history file that includes the VSCC eligibility document, instruction book, a large collection of invoices, a couple of previous MOTs, photographs of the Singer pre-restoration, technical data, a spares catalogue, and a current V5C document.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
paul.cheetham@handh.co.uk
07538 667452

 

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Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 26th Jul, 2023

An auction of classic, collector and performance motorcars to be held in the beautiful surrounds of the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire.  

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