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Singer Gazelle (1955 - 1967)

Last updated 1 December 2013

 
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Upscaled Hillman Minx with more luxurious interior and more power
Lacking the glamour of its Sunbeam counterpart

Introduction

After the failure of the SM1500, Rootes pursued the badge engineering policy for the Singer Marque. The first Gazelle was an upscale Hillman Minx was initially powered by Singer’s own 1497cc overhead camshaft engine. But that sliver of individuality was erased in 1958 when it was replaced by Rootes’ own overhead valve unit.

A full range was offered, with saloons, estates (rare and worth 25% more) and convertibles (pay double for those) all available. The Rootes Group updated the Gazelle almost every year in parallel with Hillman until production ended in 1967, by then it had a 1725cc engine, less curves and was a great deal of fun to drive.

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