Lot 677: Singer Gazelle MkIIIB Estate
Following the company�s take-over by Rootes at the beginning of 1956 the Singer name was applied to a range of upmarket Hillmans. Launched later that same year, the first Gazelle deployed the overhead-camshaft engine of the outgoing Singer Hunter in a Hillman Minx body featuring its own distinctive front end treatment and a higher specification interior. After a year the mildly revised MkII was launched, changes occurring at approximately yearly intervals thereafter so that within five years the Gazelle had progressed to MkIIIC. The ohc Singer engine had been replaced by the 1.5-litre overhead-valve Minx unit on the IIA in 1958, while roll-over tail fins and twin carburettors were features of the restyled IIIA from September 1959. In July 1960 the IIIB arrived, with single-carburettor engine and Rootes� new hypoid-bevel rear axle. Introduced in July 1961, the MkIIIC enjoyed an unprecedented (in Gazelle terms) production run of three years, the major difference between it and the superseded MkIIIB being the adoption of the 1,592cc engine.
A manual transmission model finished in two-tone green with matching interior, this rare Gazelle estate spent all its life on the Isle of Man until last year and is believed to have covered only 62,000 miles from new. We are advised that the sills have been replaced and the cylinder head reconditioned and converted to accept unleaded fuel; otherwise the car is reported as substantially original apart from the addition of spotlights. Said to run very well, �101 XUK� comes with an original handbook, service booklet and Shell lubrication service invoices dating from its early years, together with an Isle of Man registration document recording four previous owners. The vehicle is offered with current road fund licence, MoT to October 2009 and Swansea V5.
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Bonhams, Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate
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