Singer Chamois Review

1968 Singer Chamois 875cc gas from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1968
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership1987
Engine and transmission 875cc gas Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles
Previous carHillman Imp

Summary:

A poor man's classic

Faults:

The only thing I had to replace on the car for the entire year I had it was the head gasket, which was a known flaw with the aluminum engines in these cars. At the time the car was almost 18 years old, so that's not too bad, although it may have been replaced previously.

General Comments:

This was a slightly classier version of the Hillman Imp, with gauges, real wood interior trim, and a radio (which crackled and hissed). An absolute blast to drive, and cheap as dirt to maintain. Took me, my wife and daughter from Brighton to Mull (Scotland) and back without a hitch. Probably getting hard to find now, but I'd love to get my hands on one again; however, now I'm in Canada... sigh...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2003

4th Oct 2009, 03:28

I once owned a 1965 Singer Chamois, and today I still miss that lively little run about.

Apart from two blown head gaskets, it was the second car I owned as a teenager (I'm 59 now), and for fun and enjoyment I've yet to find a better little car.

I hope shortly to buy a restored one, which I will certainly treasure to remind me of my courting days, when this little vehicle certainly made an impression on the young girls at the time. Halycon days.

Dave D. Aylesbury, Bucks.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review