1933 Singer 1 1/2 Litre ‘Le Mans’
English Sports Cars 1925-1939
A four-seat tourer model with abbreviated fenders and no running boards called the “Nine Sports” was made from October 1932. In 1933, celebrating this moderate success, a new underslung racy two-seat model called the Singer Le Mans appeared. With twin SU carburettors, the Sports offered 31 hp (23 kW) at 4600 rpm, providing a 66 mph (106 km/h) with the wind screen down – impressive for the era and at a price considerably lower than the competition. The Nine Sports was also used in various other endurance races, finishing second in class in the Alpine 6-days trial (Coupe Internationale des Alpes) in 1933. The new Sports model was powered by an overhead valve, overhead camshaft engine with 12-volt electrical equipment and twin Solex carburettors and had a four-speed gearbox with silent 2nd and 3rd, semi-elliptic suspension all round and centre-lock wire wheels. In August that year a free-wheel option was offered for an extra 10 guineas. The ‘Le Mans’ two-seater had a significantly shorter wheelbase than the ordinary Sports model at 7 ft 8 1/2 ins (2.35 m), magneto ignition and a larger, 13 1/2-gallon rear fuel tank. The Special Speed ‘˜Le Mans’ introduced in August 1934 had an even larger fuel tank and all six-cylinder ‘˜Le Mans’ models had a top speed of approximately 80mph. The Special Speed model also featured triple carburettors and coachwork was very traditional sporting two-seater style with excellent weather equipment and small but practical luggage space. The 1934 Motor Show car carried a price tag of £375.
|Dimensions||47.6 × 34.6 cm|