Singer Junior tyres for a standard 1932 car as recommended by Longstone Tyres.
We recommend the
Longstone as the best tyre for the Singer Junior.
History of the Singer Junior
The Singer Junior was first seen in 1926 at the London Car Show. It was initially available as a three door, four seat Tourer painted blue with black wings. powered by an 8 horsepower, two bearing, overhead cam engine which developed a peak of 16.5 horsepower at 3250 R.P.M. Although diminutive, this engine would be the basis of Singer power units for the next three decades.
The Junior started life with a three speed gear box and rear brakes only (four wheel braking would be introduced in 1928). A four speed transmission, which would boost top end speed to 50 mph (a whole 5 mph better than the 3 speed! ), would become available in 1931. It was equipped with an inverted cone clutch, quarter-elliptic front springs, six volt electrics, gravity feed and disc wheels shod with 18" tyres. Shock absorbers were not an option for 1926. The Tourer initially sold for £148.
The Junior was a very popular car, with Singer selling thousands of units in various forms, after 1927 production never dropped below 6000 units per annum and by 1928, it was the mainstay of Singer's product line.
While the first Singer Junior was an open touring car, it was soon offered in an array of other body styles, including a 2 seater tourer, a 4 seater tourer, a sunshine saloon, a coachbuilt saloon, a fabric saloon, a two plus two called the sportsman's coupe and the boat-tailed, wire wheeled Porlock Sports. The latter, which was originally built as a special, set a curious automotive record under the supervision of the RAC by climbing Porlock Hill 100 times in 15 hours.
In 1931 an uprated 9hp engine and a new 4 speed gearbox were fitted to the Singer Junior introduced at the 1931 Olympia Motor Show. However, not satisfied to rest on their laurels, Singer replaced the out of date Junior four months later with a new 1932 model called the Singer 9.
Recommended Singer Le Mans tyres
Singer Le Mans tyres for a standard car as recommended by Longstone Tyres.
We recommend the
Longstone as the best tyre for the Singer Le Mans.
Singer Le Mans tyres
History of the Singer Le Mans
The success of the Singer Nine Sport at Le Mans led immediately to the introduction in 1933 of the first Singer Le Mans model. This was the two seater equivalent of the Nine Sports and it was typical of the British sports car of the 1930's. At a price of £215, an output of 34 h.p. and a top speed of over 70 mph ( with the windshield lowered ), it provided keen competition for its closest rival, the MG J2.
The Singer Le Mans was fitted with an uprated version of the 972cc engine that was fitted in the four seater. Body changes included an externally mounted fuel tank (with a quick release filler cap ) and twin rear mounted spare tyres to complete the competition look. The new upswept scuttle cowls also signaled that this was a machine that meant business on the road as well as the track.
One of the most significant engineering changes was the dropped chassis which differentiated the Le Mans cars substantially from the 4 seater by lowering its centre of gravity for enhanced road handling. Optional equipment included, 1 full size or 2 half-size suitcases, a bonnet strap and fittings, a route card holder, competition number plates and a combined chronometer and stopwatch.
For 1935, a Special Speed version of the Le Mans was added to the Singer line up priced at £225. Changes included the introduction of running boards (which followed the line of the front wings), extra interior room (obtained by moving the two spare wheels backwards ) and a larger 13.5 gallon fuel tank. Engine output was increased to over 38 h.p. by raising the compression from 7:1 to 7.4:1, adding a higher lift cam, bigger valves and twin horizontal SU carbs. The coil ignition system was also replaced by the Swiss Scintilla Vertex Magneto, for a more consistent ignition spark. All of this, but perhaps most particularly the change in camhaft, produced an engine that ran more quietly, with a less pronounced exhaust note. The Special Speed would eventually supersede the basic Le Mans model for the production years of 1936 and 1937.
Recommended Singer Nine tyres
Singer Nine tyres for a standard car as recommended by Longstone Tyres.
We recommend the
Longstone as the best tyre for the Singer 9.
Singer Nine tyres
History of the Singer Nine
After the success of the earlier Singer Junior, Singer introduced the Singer Nine in 1932. Although it represented an evolution of the Junior, it was a distinctly different vehicle.....
The Nine was allegedly a four seater, a third or forth passenger could be carried ( short distances), sitting in a rather upright fashion in what was a fairly cramped rear seating compartment. Leg room in the rear was accommodated by two deep wells on either side of the prop shaft.
The Singer Nine was fitted with the 972 cc overhead cam engine but now had an increased bore of 60mm and was fed by twin downdraft S.U. carburetors. The gear box had very close ratios which made it especially suited to trials work where maximum speed was not as important as power and acceleration. Half elliptic springs were used all around and they were controlled by large adjustable André Hartford friction shock absorbers. The suspension was unusually good, providing suppleness with a complete absence of any sign of wheel shimmy, rolling or pitching. Lockheed 10" hydraulic brakes were standard on both front and rear and allowed for fairly powerful braking. The Nine developed approximately 31 b.h.p. at 4600 R.P.M and could reach a speed of over 66 mph with the windscreen lowered flat. With the windscreen raised, top speed was slightly lower at approximately 64 mph. An easy cruising speed of 50 mph could be maintained.
The Singer 9 marked the companiys first serious onslaught on the patronage of sports car enthusiasts. Immediately, it was hailed as "looking right" and within a very short time it had proven itself to be a winner on the score of performance. Early examples romped around the late autumn trials and a fleet of nine of them scored heavily, taking 8 premier awards in the London to Exeter run.
The Nine won high praise when an essentially stock model driven in the 1933 Le Mans by Barnes and Langley became the first unsupercharged British car under 1000cc to qualify for the Rudge-Whitworth Biennial Cup. Modifications to the car from stock included a mildly tuned, higher compression engine, altered gear ratios, larger headlights and a long range petrol tank which got rid of the rear seats completely.
Singer continued to prove the Nine?s abiltiy in long distance reliability competitions. Notably, a team of three Nine Sports production models were entered in the 6 Day Alpine Trial, held over some of the highest mountain passes in Europe. The entire Singer team finished intact to win a second place finish for cars under 1100cc.
Equipped with an impressive array of instruments, an Ashby Brooklands steering wheel, mahogany dashboard and trimmed in furniture hide upholstery, the Singer was a bargain at only £185.
From 1933 to 1937, the Singer 9 was steadily improved and updated. For 1934, one of the most obvious changes was the modification to the front wings. The original 1933 models had a very abbreviated wing which provided inadequate protection from gravel and dirt kicked up by the front tyres. To protect the paint on the side of the car, longer, more graceful front wings were introduced.
Substantial changes were also made to the 1935 model, which saw the addition of running boards, wider doors and a graceful sweeping tail in which the spare wheel was kept, concealed by a detachable cover. A light, removable luggage rack was also provided and fitted to the rear of the car.