An Article from the Nov - Dec 2011 issue of MASCOT
50 Years of the Vogue - using material kindly provided by Nigel Hughes
The Mark 1 was introduced in July 1961. It is identified by the short chrome strip on the bonnet centre-line and bench front seat. Ignore the amber front indicator lenses on Paul’s car on the front cover - these are from a Mark 2. The Mark l had plain white front indicator lenses, as shown, courtesy of some photo-shop magic. A total of 7,423 Mark ls were produced.
The Mark ll was introduced in August 1962, with individual front seats, amber front indicator lenses, no chrome strip on the bonnet, and the petrol tank moved to the boot inside the left wing. Twin reversing lamps and two-speed wipers were fitted, and the headlamp flasher was moved to the steering column. 20,021 Mark lls were made.
The Mark lll appeared in October 1964, with revised rear styling. The new model had a much sharper roof line, with a flat rear window and a deeper, wider windscreen. Fully reclining front seats were standard, and a new style combined wiper/washer switch was fitted, along with dimmable warning lights. Under the bonnet was a 1600cc tuned engine with aluminium cylinder head, coupled to the Rootes all-new, 4-speed, synchromesh gearbox. With the Mark lV being introduced in mid-1965, only 9,987 Mark llls were made.
The Mark lV was based mainly on the new 1725cc, 5 main-bearing engine, with a few other improvements, including replacing the dynamo with an alternator, ‘1725’ badges and a Chrome ‘V’ placed on the front wings, and chrome surrounds fitted to the headlamps. Production only continued for 12 months, in which time 10,329 Mark lVs were built.
The Mark V was the last big Singer. It was launched at the 1966 Motor Show in Earls Court. Built on the Arrows shell produced by Pressed Steel at Cowley, the new Vogue was the first British car to have rectangular headlamps and the first to have Amblair upholstery. The new body incorporated a full width grille of horizontal bars, with a raised centre section. A broad chrome twin stripe ran down the sides of the car, with a single stripe across the boot lid. A massive 56,814 Mark Vs were made, but now it is the rarest model of all.
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