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Lot 20: Singer Gazelle Convertible Series I

Classics Cars, Charterhouse (15 July 2012)

The Singer Gazelle was the first Singer model to be produced by the Rootes Group following their takeover in 1956. They closely followed the design of the Hillman Minx, differing mainly in retaining the 50 bhp Singer SM 1500 cc engine and having a re-styled front end based around a traditional Singer grill. Three body styles were available: a four door saloon, an estate and the very desirable convertible. The convertible version had a two position hood: it could either be completely lowered or rolled back to just behind the front seats, which was described in period as the 'Coupé de Ville' position. This very rare and original Series I Convertible has only had four registered keepers from new. The first owners were believed to be a father and son (Mr Norman & Mr Stafford Huskinson) who owned the car between 1957 and 1989. The third owner, Mr Pitman, owned the car for the next twenty years, when he sold it to the current owner in 2009. When the current owner acquired the car it was complete and running, he then stripped the car to embark on a re-build. The engine and interior have been removed from the car to aid access for repairs. The vendor believes that the car is completely original and as yet has not seen a welding torch. However, localised body repairs are now necessary before a full re- spray can be undertaken. The vendor also believes that the recorded mileage of 14,803 miles could be genuine. This very original and solid convertible offers the Rootes Group collector an exciting opportunity to acquire and restore a rare Series I car, and is only for sale due to the owner's other more pressing projects. V5C, no current MOT or tax

Lot Details
Auction Classics Cars
Charterhouse, Sherborne Castle, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5NR
TypeCar
Lot Number20
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£2600
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1957
Condition rating
Registration numberULK 505
Mileage-
Chassis numberA76503524HSO
Engine number7603503H00
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors