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2006 NISSAN PULSAR S/W 5SPD, NZ NEW, L/KMS
Who: Barry Wilson
What: 1928 Singer Junior Sportsman’s Coupe
What else is in the garage?
A 1956 Singer Hunter, a 1929 Rover Sportsman’s Coupe and there’s no room for
What is your ultimate car?
I’ve always had a sof t spot for the Alvis 12/50, which was produced during the 1920s.
It was a car that performed very well for their engine size and had a high level of
engineering skill applied to it.
Road rage – what makes you see red?
People who get upset about speeding tickets; the limit’s not compulsory or a target and
people should be ready to take responsibility for what they do... I must say though that
tickets for passing slower vehicles at something like 110kph would be very annoying.
Your best driving memory:
Myself and David Bruce, a fellow Vintage Car Club member, took the Singer Junior on
a winter wander at Lake Rotoiti some years back. We drove a forestry road halfway to
Nelson and the Junior was losing power along the way because of the altitude. David
had to jump out and push the car up the more severe slopes and by the time he caught
up he would have to do it again! A tough trip for him but we got there in the end.
History of the Vehicle:
This car is actually a combination of two vehicles, the chassis was part of a car imported by
Tench Bros brand new in Christchurch in December 1928; I bought it from Gary Turner while
living in Marlborough in 1973 and the car had an Air Force roundel on it, so it had belonged to
someone in the Air Force at some point. The body comes from a car found in Invercargill by
Jim Taylor, he was on a farm looking for some Nash parts and he spotted the remains under
some trees. He collected it all up and took it home but found he didn’t have time. My brother
got it next but he was in the same situation and so it was passed onto me.
Tell us about the project:
It was about a 7 year restoration project completed in Blenheim, Christchurch and eventually
Auckland. Everything mechanical had to be re-done as well as all of the wood components
apart from one. The aluminium panelling was sound enough but the fabric coating was gone
and replacing that was a steep learning curve, though not too difficult in the end. I was always
worried at the time that it might snag on some trees or something and get ruined, but nothing
untoward has happened. About the worst it has had to deal with was a mob of cows coming
up and licking it all over on an outing once, but it stood up to that!
Why a Singer Junior?
At the time I had been to look at an American car but the Singer was smaller and much more
manageable, I could work on any part of it and nothing was too heavy to lift. We have used
it a lot but less these days, it will be due for some work though with dipping headlights and
blinkers at the top of the ‘to-do’ list.
Would you sell it?
Well everything’s for sale and if someone wanted it I would, but I haven’t been looking around
Let us know about your REV project:
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