£10,000 - £12,000
1951 SINGER 9 4AB ROADSTER
Registration: LOE 912
Chassis Number: 4AB7269U
Recorded Mileage: TBA
- Supplied new to dealers T.H. Garner of Birmingham in March 1951
- The subject of much recent expenditure
The 9hp Singer Roadster was launched in March 1939 as an attractive up to date 2-door 4-seater open top car, with a luggage area which housed the spare wheel. The chassis was underslung at the rear and powered by a modern 1074cc overhead-camshaft engine, recently developed for Singer's Bantam saloon car, which sold briefly until the Second World War interrupted production. In 1946 the factory were keen to restart production, promptly launching the “new and improved” A model. The new car was around 6 inches longer, and from September 1949 a 4-speed gearbox was added to produce an export-only 4A model.
The later 4AB model was launched in Britain with the existing 9hp engine, a new chassis with independent coil-spring front suspension, and a mix of rod/hydraulic brakes. The Roadster sold remarkably well in America thanks to the post-war devaluation of the British pound, aided by much celebrity patronage from the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Debbie Reynolds, Sammy Davis Jr., Lucille Ball and Katharine Hepburn.
First delivered in March 1951 to a Miss. M. Barnett via dealer H.Garner of Birmingham, finished in blue with a beige interior, by the early 1990s the Singer was ripe for refurbishment, and so was entrusted to specialist Trevor Cornelius for a program of restoration. The Singer enjoyed much mechanical, electrical, paint and trim work, supported by a number of bills for parts and services rendered. We understand the car’s coachwork was refinished in 2001, and between 2015-17 marque specialist John Parker rebuilt the engine, cooling and braking systems.
Supplied with full weather gear, a number of bills, notes and correspondence relating to the car’s restoration, older photographs of the Singer during restoration, and current UK V5C, this is a charming little period sportscar which we are sure will provide many fun miles of summer driving.