Yet Another Sample Article from the Jan - Feb 2013 Mascot
The 1938 “Doncaster” Singer - from the Webmaster
It all started with a query from Hollie Coates, a trainee solicitor with a firm of solicitors dealing with a deceased estate which included an old Singer car (in bad condition but believed to be a rare model), asking if ASCO provided valuations of such cars. Barry replied, requesting further information, and soon Hollie sent this picture and told us the car registration was EOB 190, it had done 79,000 miles and was last taxed in 1968!!
A quick check on the DVLA database told us it was a 1525cc Singer manufactured in 1938, which would make it a Twelve or Super Twelve, and this was confirmed by a glance at the picture, on which you can see where the distinctive chrome cover for the horn had been on the rh front wing below the headlamp - you can see the horn is still there behind the aperture.
A few days later I received a query via the website, from Steve Hill, asking if we were interested in trying to save a pre-war Singer saloon he had come across in a garage of a house in Doncaster, where he lived. The house was all boarded up and looked semi-derelict, but was coming up for auction on 3rd December 2012 in Leeds. He thought only a builder would buy the house due to it's condition, and that the car may well be scrapped. It was last taxed until July 1968! Steve had a photo of it (taken through a broken window) surrounded by junk. No number plate was visible, and although it had a Singer badge, the radiator grille didn't look like a Singer, and he guessed it was 1937-1939. As a car enthusiast Steve was delighted the car has a hope of being
saved in some form, and recalled his Dad's first car was a 1947 Singer Super 10, and that he could still visualize their journeys to the East Coast with the luggage on the drop-down boot lid!
I replied to Steve with a copy of the photo, and that ‘his’ Singer sounded very much like the one we were investigating - a pre-war Singer saloon with a Singer Badge on a radiator grille that didn’t look like a Singer, last taxed in 1968 and surrounded by junk! It didn’t take long for Steve to confirm that we were both talking about the same car! Steve also sent me a picture of the house, which is a few hundred yards north of Doncaster racecourse, and is also in a sad state. According to a previous neighbour, the couple who lived there in the 1960s with their son, were 'a bit odd'.
Another few days later, and another query via the website, this time from Dominic Jeffers, a freelance journalist who was preparing a story for Classic Car Weekly on a Singer barn find. His best guess, from the shape of the windscreen, was that it might be a Bantam or Super Nine, but the radiator grille looked like neither, and could he talk to someone in ASCO about the car? So I passed on to him all we had found out, and I gather his article will be in the CCW in the week 10-16 December.
We now know that the car was moved out of the garage before the house was auctioned (it fetched £86,000), and Dominic tells me it is at DT Mathewson in Thornton-le-Dale, where it will go into their auction on 2 March.
Dominic also tells me he went to the house for the moving of the Singer, but it had already gone. However he did spot it going the other way on the dual carriageway - apparently its first stop was the local A&E, as the truck driver had stood on a nail in the garage and it had gone through his foot!