Singer Gazelle IIA to IIIC
|Gazelle 1958 to 1963|
|Production||1958-1963 3,824, 10,929, 12,491, 13,272 and 15,115 made|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door saloon, 2-door drophead, estate car|
|Engine||1494 cc (1592 cc on the IIIC) Straight-4 overhead valve|
|Transmission||4 speed manual with optional overdrive or automatic|
|Wheelbase||96 in (2,438 mm)|
|Length||163.5 in (4,153 mm)|
|Width||60.75 in (1,543 mm)|
|Height||57.25 in (1,454 mm)|
The main change when the Gazelle II became the IIA was the standard Hillman pushrod overhead valve engine replaced the Singer overhead cam unit. The new engine was more powerful, developing 56 bhp against 49 bhp.
In line with Rootes Group policy the car kept getting small upgrades each with a new designation. In September 1958 the car became the III, received better seats, now enhanced at the front by a folding central arm rest. A new duo-tone paint became available with this upgrade.
The IIIA of 1959 gained small tail fins and a larger windscreen. The engine was upgraded with twin Solex carburettors replacing the single Solex, distinguishing it from the Minx, and lifting output to 60 bhp. Home market cars got a floor gear change and as well as overdrive, Smith's Easidrive automatic transmission also became an option.
The 1960 IIIB reverted to a single carburettor which improved fuel consumption and facilitated servicing "in remoter territories". The IIIB also received a new back axle featuring a hypoid bevel in place of the former model's spiral bevel.
A larger engine of 1592 cc developing 53 bhp was fitted to the July 1961 IIIC. The convertible was dropped in February 1962 followed by the estate car in March 1962. The convertible cost £67 more than the saloon.
A Series III convertible with the 1494 cc engine was tested by The Motor in 1959. It was recorded as having a top speed of 83.4 mph (134.2 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 21.2 seconds. A fuel consumption of 32.5 miles per imperial gallon (8.7 L/100 km; 27.1 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car cost £1,003 including taxes of £295. This included the optional overdrive.
In Film and Television
Singer Gazelle Series III in The Saint, TV Series 1960s.