Here we have a rather charming Singer 9 Roadster 4AB with its stunning ivory paintwork and red interior.
Vin/Chassis number 4AB7041U
This Roadster had a extensive restoration which has brought it back to its former glory and what a pleasure it is to take out on the open road.
Its just had 2 resent front tyres this little Singer is in superb order the engine springs into life with out fault.
Please see our photos at Craner Classic Cars as we have taken lots of close up shots for you of this stunning Roadster.
The Roadster is the last in a long line of open topped Singer cars. Its 4 seats make it officially a tourer but Singers called it the new 2/4 seater Roadster. This established the 2 seater association and from then on it was a Roadster by name but Tourer by nature. Launched in 1939 the series stayed in production until 1955 but it was to remain in styling a pre-war car. Despite its many technical upgrades, it retained coach built bodywork free standing headlamps and running boards which left the car with many 1930 hallmarks.
When the original 9hp Roadster was launched in March 1939 Singers sales The marketing literature promoted the idea of a fun and fresh air type of car with some sporty pretensions. Based on the Singer Bantam rolling chassis. Its 1074cc OHC engine was modified to give extra performance and 36BHP less than 1000 cars left the factory before war related activities curtailed production in 1940.
Post war production re-commenced in 1946 with 9 Roadster A series similar in external appearance to the original 9hp it also retained the pre-war engine, 3 speed gearbox and rod brakes but there were important developments. Most welcome was additional leg room for rear passengers this was achieved by moving front bodywork doors and engine further forward on the chassis. A new stiffer chassis with cruciform bracing and longer leaf springs was introduced together with a new steering layout and bumpers were added fore and aft the sales accent was on exports and only 15% of the 2500 produced found their way into the home market.
In 1949 the 4A series known as the Export Roadster marked the introduction of the 4 speed gearbox into the earlier model together with some minor changes. The 4A was to prove to be Singers most commercially successful Roadster selling 4122 in its 2 years of production and the bulk going to Australia and North America.
A series attempt to modernise the Roadster and satisfy the car starved domestic market was made in 1951 with the 4AB Major improvements include IFS hydro mechanical brakes cutaway wings short radiator grille and slotted disc wheels 50% of the 1001 made were sold in the UK where it remains the most popular series.
In 1951/2 Singer undertook experiments on their 1500 engine both in twin carb form and with a reduced bore size to produce a 1200 motor 13 prototypes using 4AB/AD bodywork and mechanics were made, known as the 4AC a handful of this interesting series are known to have survived.
Meanwhile in 1951 the 4AD joined the 4AB in production using more or less the same bodywork and mechanical spec but with SM 1500 engine taken from Singers Saloon car of the same name. The 4AB and 4AD types were conceived in 1950 as a production pair. The 4AB for home consumption and the 4AD with its more powerful engine and higher back axle ratio for export manufacture ended in August 1955 as falling sales figures reflected the age and design of this appealing car. A total of 3439 had been made 800 in twin carb form. The rootes takeover was imminent and remaining unsold cars continued to leave the works until June 1956.
Our final Singer experiment should be mentioned - the SM1500 SMX Roadster with 1500OHC engine (twin carbs) an unbelievably radical attempt to make Britain's first glass fibre bodied production car mounted on the 4AD rolling chassis. It attracted much interest from the media and at the motor show in 1953 but never reached production stage this wide bodied 4 seater convertible was styled to be a companion to the Singer Hunter Saloon (1954-56) but difficulties with the bodywork panels and cash flow problems sealed is fate although around a dozen bodies were made only 4 are known to have been assembled and sold as running cars. Only one is known to have survived and is owned by an ASCO member.
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