Singer Chamois - restoration project
Singer Chamois - restoration project
Technical Specification

Mark & Model Singer Chamois - restoration project
Year 1969
Registration plate Jersey Registered
Chassis Number B733001742HS0
Engine Number
Engine Capacity 875 cc
Transmissions 4 speed manual
Mileage 22,224 (recorded)
Body style 2-door Saloon
Interior color Black
Exterior color Dark green
Seating capacity 4
Wheels and Tyres Standard steel wheels
Asking Price £ 2,450
As part of Rootes’ project “Apex”, the Hillman Imp was the first model launched in 1963 to rival the BMC Mini which had proved the worth of a small, economical family car four years earlier. Attempting to widen public interest in the model, badge-engineered derivatives such as the up-market Singer Chamois were created – the Chamois appearing in October 1964. In 1966 a major revision of the Imp was released, with a host of improvements, and further upgrades took place in 1968. The Singer Chamois had additional features such as mock wood dashboard, distinctive false grill and latterly, twin headlights. The Singer name disappeared from the Rootes range in 1970, although Imp production continued until 1976. This particular car was first registered in the UK in June 1969 – making it one of the last Chamois models produced – and was imported to Jersey in 2004. It was in use until 2015.
This car looks to have had genuinely little use in the last 50 years – quite possibly the recorded mileage is correct - and much of it is in sound, original condition. This makes for a good opportunity to acquire a complete, but part-dismantled, Imp-type project car for restoration. It is far from a basket case and should be relatively straightforward to put back on the road in a good, original condition.
The bodywork from the waistline up is in good condition with quite presentable paintwork, with the exception of a hole in the nearside front wing top and a dent in one corner of the bonnet. Some of the original trim strips are not in place but are with the car. For the lower half of the car, the sill ends – front and rear - on both sides are corroded and need restoration/replacement. The bottoms of both rear wing panels are similarly in need of restoration/replacement.
The interior is generally complete and in very good order – no tears or splits to the seats and all carpets are in place, albeit they show signs of use. A non-standard Moto Lita steering wheel has been fitted.
The standard Chamois model was fitted with the basic, single carburettor 875cc engine. The engine and gearbox have been removed from this car at some point in recent years, so it is not possible to accurately assess their condition. The units have not been dismantled further however and, on inspection, all the component parts appear to be there. The running gear has not been touched, so all suspension, brakes etc. are still in place. There is no spare wheel with the car.
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