Classic Car Catalogue

Singer 1933

Nine Sports
Nine Le Mans - new model
1½-Litre Sports - new model

Great Britain

Czteromiejscowy Nine Sports kosztuje 185 funtów. Ma czterobiegową skrzynię, hydrauliczne hamulce i 12 voltową instalację elektryczną. Krótszy i niższy, dwumiejscowy Le Mans pojawił się we wrześniu po sukcesie odniesionym przez Barnesa i Langleya w tym słynnym wyścigu. Ma obniżoną ramę, zbiornik paliwa i dwa koła zapasowe umieszczone za siedzeniami. Cenę 215 funtów angielski "The Motor" określił jako umiarkowaną. Silnik ma zmieniony wałek rozrządu i dwa gaźniki Solex. List wyposażenia dodatkowego obejmuje: "wyścigowe" opony, walizki, miernik temperatury oleju, paski do mocowania maski, plakietki do numerów startowych, reflektory Lucas, specjalne sygnały dźwiękowe Alto, szybkościomierz i stoper Jaeger.
Nowy, półtora litrowy, czteromiejscowy 1½-Litre Sports kosztuje 295 funtów. Chociaż podobny do Nine, jest od niego większy i okazalszy. Silnik pochodzi z modelu Fourteen, ale ma większy stopień sprężania, mniejszą pojemność. Czterobiegowa skrzynia ma synchronizację drugiego, trzeciego i czwartego biegu.
Modele 12 i 14 mogą być wyposażone w nowe urządzenie umożliwiające zmianę biegów bez użycia sprzęgła. Udogodnienie to wymaga dopłaty 10 funtów. Ceny podstawowe tych modeli to 199 funtów (12 normal saloon), 220 funtów (12 saloon de luxe) i 235 funtów (14 saloon). Saloon de luxe to "12" z kompletnym wyposażeniem najbardziej luksusowego "14".
Singer offer Nine, Twelve, Fourteen, Two-Litre and Silent Six models in a price range of £159 up to £365. Nine Four-seater Sports cost £185. Power unit is an OHC Four of 972-cc cubic capacity (60 x 86 mm). Gearbox is four-speed, wheelbase 7 ft 8 in. Nine Sports Coupé is priced at £199. Standard models have a 24.5-bhp (later 26.5) engine but the Four-seater Sports and the Sports Coupé are powered by a 28-bhp (later 31 bhp) variant. Treasury rating of both engines is 8.93 HP.

October '33

October '33


Nine Sports (4 cyl, 972 cc)
  four seater,
Nine Le Mans (4 cyl, 972 cc) - new model
  two seater

Motor SportMarch 1933

WHEN the new "Nine" Sports model was shown on the Singer stand at Olympia last October it was the subject of a good deal of favourable comment. But without knowledge of the car's behaviour on the road such praise was naturally confined to its external appearance, and to the remarkably good finish of the coachwork for its modest price of £185. Then, as the Trials Season began, and one or two of the new models unobtrusively collected a few "premiers," the performance of the Singer Sports became a regular topic of conversation whenever a few sporting enthusiasts met. The "Gloucester" provided their first big success, with five premier awards and one bronze, and this was quickly followed by the "Exeter," in which Singers scored eight premiers out of a possible ten.
Brief Specification.
4 cyl., 60 x 86 mm., 972 c.c. ;
Treasury Rating 8.3 h.P. ;
o.h,v. operated by chain driven oh. camshaft ;
thermo syphon and fan cooling ;
coil ignition;
hot-spot manifold;
two down draught Zenith carburettors;
A.C. plugs ;
"vibro-damper" engine mounting ;
Lucas electrical equipment, 12 volt.
Clutch: "Cushioned" Single dry plate type.
4 speeds forward, and feverse.
Ratios 5.25, 8.35, 12.08 and 21.41 to 1.
Third and second both "silent."
Open propellor shaft with Hardy Spicer joints.
Back axle: Helical bevel.
Brakes : Lockheed hydraulic.
Wheels and tyres:
Rudge Whitworth wheels with self-locking hubs;
Dunlop tyres, 54.5 x 18 in.
Fuel Tank and feed :
7 gallon rear tank, with electric fuel pump.
Equipment : "Brooklands" steering wheel,
Jaeger instruments,
Hartford shock absorbers.
Suspension :
Half elliptics all round.
Dimensions :
Wheel base 7ft. 8in.,
track 3ft. 9in.
ground clearance 8in.
Speed on gears :
3rd, 48 m.p.h.,
Top 65 m.p.h.
Price :
Open 4-seater, as tested, £185.
Coupe £199.
And so the Singer Nine Sports model has come into its own, and judging by the ever increasing number seen on the road, it seems likely to become one of the most popular small sports cars on the market. It well deserves to be, for we recently spent a very enjoyable week-end with one of the type, and found it a most adaptable vehicle, being equally at home on the roughest trials tracks and on fast main roads.
Collecting the car from the Wembley Service Depot of the Singer Company, and making our way through London to the South, we were immediately impressed by the easy handling of the car in traffic. The Singer is a car with which the driver feels at home from the first time he lets in the clutch to get away. The clutch is dead smooth, the gear change—with remote control—absolutely fool-proof, and the steering light and positive, and possessing an ample lock. Our only criticism of the controls was that the accelerator pedal required rather more vertical depression than is usual, tending to open the throttle jerkily if the pedal was moved by a forward motion of the driver's foot. A minor criticism, however.
In order to see for ourselves how the Singer behaved on typical trials hills we set off for Dorsetshire, via Guildford, Stockbridge and Salisbury. Local fog and stretches of ice-bound road made prolonged high average speeds impossible, but we found that the car could keep up an effortless 52 m.p.h. cruising speed. This figure is its genuine gait, the speedometer being about 4 m.p.h. fast at 50 m.p.h. As will be seen from the accompanying graph, the acceleration up to this speed is quite brisk, but beyond this point the car naturally takes more time to gather speed. 60 m.p.h. can be reached on any fair stretch of road, 65 m.p.h. is about the absolute maximum on the level, while on one occasion, under "favourable" (i.e., downhill) conditions, we got the speedometer round to 72 m.p.h. For a 9 h.p. car which is not tuned up to the slightest degree of intractibility these figures are very good. A praiseworthy feature is the complete smoothness of the engine, both while accelerating from a crawl on top gear and at its maximum of about 5,000 r.p.m. There is a slight "period" at 2,700 r.p.m. which is quickly passed, for with its easy gear change the driver will generally use his gears for attaining his cruising speed, and on second and third the engine accelerates quickly, so that the "period" is not noticeable.
As a matter of personal taste we found the exhaust note a little too loud, a point of which some would doubtless approve. While admitting the pleasantness of its clear crackle for short periods, we feel that a more subdued note would be welcome on long runs.
This side view of the Singer Sports model shows it bo be a sturdy yet good-looking vehicle.
Near Blandford we tried to take a short cut to Ibberton Hill, but got hopelessly lost up a narrow lane which finally degenerated, miles from anywhere, in a foot-deep morass. Retracing our wheel tracks a little way, we tried another lane to the right, which, although dry, was composed of two deep ruts, and caused us some anxiety as to the welfare of the lower parts of the car's anatomy. The Singer, while being low built, possesses adequate ground clearance, and so we regained the main road at last without damage.
A Ford van parked just below the first bend of Ibberton brought us almost to a standstill, and forced us to take the inside and, therefore, steepest part of the bend, but the Singer never faltered, and gave one the impression that it would pull quite comfortably up the side of a house. Meerhay, likewise, was surmounted without the slightest effort, there being a plentiful reserve of power in hand, so that for trials hills we formed the opinion that it would be difficult to find a more suitable car. The Lockheed brakes are fully up to their work.
Back to London, via Bournemouth, the Singer "Nine" proved itself to be a most comfortable vehicle. The Rotax headlamps give a splendid driving light, and the dipping device is operated easily by a control on the steering wheel quadrant. The driving position has been carefully thought out, all the controls being to hand, notably the hand brake (a useful item for stop and restart tests), and the restful Ashby "Brooklands" steering wheel. The dashboard is at an angle, which facilitates reading the instruments among which are a large dial Jaeger speedometer and rev, counter, but rather impedes entry and egress to and from the front seats. The seats themselves are extremely comfortable, and support the back fully. The windscreen can be folded flat, if desired, and a neat form of clip-joint hood is fitted which, however, did not meet entirely with our approval, being difficult to fold and also to attach to the screen. The body finish is extraordinarily good, giving an impression of solidity and strength combined with good finish. Rudge-Whitworth wheels with self locking hubs are used, and the springing is assisted by Hartford shock absorbers. Incidentally the suspension was good, being steady at high speed without harshness when travelling slowly.
The rear compartment contains room for two passengers for occasional use, who on the model tested sat rather high, and were therefore rather exposed to the weather. Footwells provide ample leg room, and with the hood raised, rear passengers would no doubt be comfortable enough for a longish journey.
Summing up, the Singer "Nine" Sports model may be cited as an outstanding example of the amazing revolution in sports car values which has taken place during the last few years. It has a brisk and flexible performance; its engine is smooth and its gearbox and transmission quiet; its body is comfortable (albeit rather difficult to enter) and its springing, steering and suspension all of a high order. A few years ago such a car would have cost double the price asked for the Singer "Nine." At £185 it is wonderful value.

Nine Four-seater Sports

Nine Sports Coupé
October '33
London Show report

Nine Le Mans


Saloon (4 cyl, 1440 cc)

12 h.p. Saloon


Saloon (6 cyl, 1611 cc)

Fourteen-Six Saloon


Sixteen 2 Litre (6 cyl, 1991 cc)
2-Litre (2050 cc) - new


1½ Litre Sports

four seater (R6 cyl. ohc, 1493 cc)

Motor SportJuly 1933

THE successes achieved in the short time since the introduction of the Singer Nine are enough to secure favourable attention for the new six cylinder model, and its specification reflects some of the lessons gained with the smaller car. Developed from the "14," the new car has been modified to allow it to stand up to the higher stresses of a sports vehicle, and Mr. Arthur Fox, of Fox and Nichol, so well known as the entrants of Talbot cars in international events, was intimately concerned in its development.
Starting with the power unit, the cylinder dimensions are 59 mm. and 91 mm. bore and stroke, giving a cylinder capacity of 1,493 c.c. and an R.A.C. rating of 12.95 h.p. Each cylinder has two overhead valves, operated by rockers from a single overhead camshaft. Valve clearances are adjusted by screws and lock nuts on the rockers, and a special contour on the rockers which operate the inlet valves gives a quick opening.
The aluminium pistons have each two rings and a special scraper, with capped gudgeon pins. Steel connecting rods are used. The four-bearing crankshaft has disc webs and is balanced, and a torque damper is fitted at the front end. A duplex chain drives the auxiliaries and forms the first stage of the camshaf-tdrive, the second stage being a similar chain tensioned by a jockey pulley. When it is wished to remove the cylinder head the top sprocket can be disengaged from the camshaft without disturbing the timing. The self-priming gear-type oil pump is carried at the front end of the crank-case, and forces lubricant to all parts of the engine.
On the near side two Solex carburettors are bolted to a straight induction pipe, with hot spots, and the exhaust pipe is taken down at the front end of the engine, well away from the floor boards. An S.U. electric petrol pump is used to supply the fuel from the 10 gallon rear tank.
The dynamo is carried on the off-side, and also the vertically mounted distributor for the coil ignition. Advance and retard is automatic, a further movement being controlled by a hand-lever on the steering column.
The engine is rubber-mounted at four points, and the gear-box is bolted on to the rear end of the clutch housing. The clutch is of the single plate type but the gear-box is unusual in that it provides a silent-second in addition to a silent third gear. Helical-teeth gears are used for these ratios and also for the constant mesh pinions. The ratios are 5.22, 6.65, 10.68 and 19.43 to 1, and the gear-lever is centrally mounted and operates through a remote-control.
The propellor shaft is open and has two Hardy Spicer joints, and the rear axle is three-quarter floating with spiral bevel final drive.
The chassis is double-dropped and of deep section in the centre of the car, with rigid cross-members. Half elliptic springs are used, and Andre shock absorbers. The steering is a new type worm-and-nut mechanism, with self-centring action, a welcome feature. Knock-on Rudge Whitworth wheels with 18 x 5.25 tyres, are used and the Lockheed hydraulic brakes work in 13 inch drums. A racing-type brake-lever is fitted in the centre of the car.
The chassis dimensions are :—Wheelbase 9ft. 0½in. and track 4ft. 4in., so that there is plenty of room to fit a comfortable four-seater open body of pleasing appearance.
Following to some extent the lines of the Singer Nine Sports. the long bonnet and scuttle, slightly sloping, is balanced by the cut-away over the two doors, and the body sides continue backwards in a straight line, which is followed by the neatly stowed hood. The back panel slopes in a sweeping curve, and carries the spare wheel. The front wings are in one piece with the running-boards and the rear wings follow the lines of the back panel.
The wind-screen folds flat and has a double Lucas wiper. A. Brooklands spring wheel is fitted and the Jaegar 6in. speedometer and rev. counter are carried on a sloping facia board, with other necessary instruments.
The car is upholstered in leather, with pneumatic cushions. The two front bucket seats slide, and wells are fitted to increase the leg-room of the rear compartment.
From every point of view the new Singer is a welcome addition to the ranks of medium-powered sports cars. The engine runs smoothly up to 5,000 r.p.m., and propels the car with four passengers at speeds around 70 m.p.h. The body is big enough to take them in comfort and is attractive and well balanced in appearance.
Lastly, but not least important is the price, £295, which a few months ago seemed impossibly low for a fully-equipped 1½ litre car.
Motor SportJuly 1933

A handsome roomy sports car—the 6-cylinder 1½ litre Singer.
October 1933



  Event: Entered: Raced: Finished: Best results:
France 17.06.193324h Le Mans       37 Barnes / Langley Nine Sports (972 cc) 13th (751-1100 6th)

Singer Nine Sports (Frank Stanley / Barnes Alf Langley) at 24h Le Mans.
  Event: Entered: Raced: Finished: Best results:
21-25.01.1933 Rallye Monte Carlo 1 1 1 77 Barnes   37th
14-18.03.1933 R.A.C. Rally         F. R. G. Spikins 972 cc →10 hp 2nd
            F. C. Rolfe 972 cc →10 hp 3rd