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condition but the body and chassis were both a bit scruffy. The body was painted white, which certainly didn't suit the car, but it seemed to be fairly sound. The black leather seat was in very good order but the hood was very old and in poor condition. Underneath the car there was a fair amount of surface rust and some small rust holes in the front wings. The rest of the chassis was caked in years of thick old oil and muck. I collected the Singer a week later and drove it

and was pleased to hear that the Singer could be mine for £18,500. Fortunately I had recently sold myMG TD so I had the garage space and money available. I went over that afternoon and after a test drive I agreed to buy the car. The Singer appeared to be in goodmechanical

the 16 miles home to Crawley. I was extremely pleased with the way it performed and was so happy to have at last acquired a car of my dreams. The Singer came with a large file of papers and

I spent an enjoyable few hours sorting through these and tracing the car's history. The car was built in early 1914 and was first registered in London as LL 2879. A dealer's plaque on the dashboard shows that it was supplied by Wm Osborne & Co, Automobile Agents and Body Specialists, 60 Piccadilly, London W. Tel Regent 3886 & 3887. Unfortunately its early history is unknown and as the old London registration records have been destroyed it is impossible to find out now. As the car was supplied just a month or two before WWI was declared I can only wonder as to what happened to the car during the first 4 years of its life. Nothing is known until the mid-1930's when the car resided in Norfolk. In 1936 it was given toMr Olorenshaw


of the Norwich Motor Company, who at the time were Singer agents. The car was displayed in the showroom in Norwich until the late 1940's when the Norwich Motor Company gave up the Singer agency and took on Rootes. Mr Olorenshaw had always been very friendly with the Directors of the Singer Motor Company so he sent the car to Coventry on free loan to Singer and they had it on exhibition for many years. In 1961 the Singer moved to the newly opened Montague Motor Museum in Brighton, by the Aquarium, where it remained throughout the 1960's. At this time the car appeared on the front cover of the September 1965 edition of Veteran & Vintage Magazine. The Singer also featured on a postcard and a cigarette card. During this period the car was painted maroon. When the Brighton Motor Museum closed in the late 1960's the Singer was returned to the Norwich Motor Company who stored it until 1976. After 40 years of ownership the Singer was then sold to a new owner in Manchester but he only kept it for 2 years. In 1978 the car crossed to Ireland where it was owned by Rev Patrick Farnan for the next 11 years. In 1989 the Singer sold for £10,000 and moved to Northamptonshire where it stayed with Mrs Jean Bannell until 2002. However, she did try and sell the car through Smallbone's of Birmingham but despite advertising it every month between September 1996 and August 1999 they were unable to find a buyer so the Singer was returned toMrs Bannell. She sold it in 2002 to a new owner in Essex. A year later it was on the move again and came south to Fordingbridge. It remained with that owner until 2009 when it moved to Billingshurst, from where I bought it in May 2011.

David Ralph

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