The Saving of BMX 7...

For now, I lumped all the pre-war cars together, I would LOVE for there to be enough demand to split it into groups (hint...hint, post here about your pre-war Singer)
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The Saving of BMX 7...

Postby Phillip » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:11 pm

I was quite excited after coming into contact with Andy, a Jaguar and Jensen enthusiast in California who had involved himself with the sale of a very rare 1935 Singer Le Mans Coupe. Andy frequents Delongs Automotive Repair, a British specialty shop in Campbell, CA, near San Francisco and the Singer had also been serviced there for a number of years.

John Carey, the owner of the Singer, had an extensive car collection and lived out in Saratoga, near San Jose. All his cars were carefully maintained and he had a log book for each documenting the work done to them. Sadly, John passed away and the collection was being moved to Utah, where his son lives. The Singer was deemed surplus to requirements and was offered for sale.

BMX 7 is a Middlesex County Council registration dating from late 1934 and this car, #63371, is indeed a splendidly preserved version of a very rare model. The 1935 model year was the only year that the Coupes were referred to as a Le Mans, rather than Sports, and is fitted with the counterbalanced crank engine with two Solex carbs.

There were number of ‘nibbles’ on the car, but no firm deals and Andy became concerned that the only offers he was hearing were from hot-rodders who wanted to ‘rat rod’ this very rare car! We decided to execute a ‘foster & rescue’ plan together to avoid this happening. Time was short as the son was planning to ship the car if no deal was done. To be honest, if I hadn’t bought my Land Rover in the summer, this car would have been heading my way!

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I am very happy to say that a good friend came forward just in the nick of time to save this very special Singer and to bring it into the NASOC fold. As Pre-War Registrar for the club it makes me especially proud.

I will not disclose the new owner and will allow him the time to conclude this tale and make the introductions.

What a great Christmas present!
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Re: The Saving of BMX 7...

Postby Peter McKercher » Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:26 am

For want of an extra space, it would have ended up in my garage as well. I can't stress how thrilled I am to see it remain on our soil and move so close to home. Just to close the loop, here is the original thread on this. viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1334
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Re: The Saving of BMX 7...

Postby Phillip » Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:02 am

Thanks for the compliment! I was determined to see it survive.

It was well-worth all the shuttle diplomacy and a credit to Andy's tenacity. We were of like mind and he certainly spread the knowledge of the car to anyone he felt could help, including NASOC.

The car will no doubt appear at Stowe next year with a bit of luck.
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Re: The Saving of BMX 7...

Postby Peter McKercher » Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:12 am

It was definitely a global effort for all concerned.
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Re: The Saving of BMX 7...

Postby Phillip » Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:02 pm

Another interesting factoid about BMX 7 is an appearance in the 1970's British TV series 'Bergerac".

Look for the full story of this Singer in an upcoming issue of NASOC NEWS!
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'28 Senior, '33 & '34 Sports, '36 Le Mans SS & Bantam


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