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1949-1956 SINGER SM 1500/Hunter specifications


For a small company like Singer, the SM1500 saloon was a brave step; its blocky and slab-sided styling reflecting contemporary American trends. However, whatever the good intentions, the result was a very unappealing car with a row of slats instead of a front grille and a very plain appearance. The 1506cc overhead-cam engine was sprightly enough, as was the 1497cc version fitted from 1951 (but which had more power). The 1954 update into the Hunter saw a more attractive and traditional look, with a proper grille but some glassfibre panels.

Production

  • Production:
    17,382/4772
  • Price at launch:
    £799
  • Price (excellent)
    £3,400
  • Price (good):
    £2,600
  • Price (average):
    £1,400
  • Price (project):
    £700

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    33.7secs
  • Top speed:
    71.0mph
  • Power:
    48.0bhp
  • Torque:
    72.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    24.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Live axle, semi-elliptic leaf spring
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4483mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2730mm
  • Width:
    1600mm
  • Height:
    1626mm
  • Weight:
    1184kgs

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