East Coaster of the Day: 1960s Singer Gazelle
We’re not sure what year this beautiful Singer Gazelle convertible is but it looks like a 1959 -1963 Series III model.
The British-manufactured Gazelle was the first Singer to be produced following the take-over of the Singer company by the Rootes Group in 1956. It was a version of the mainstream Hillman Minx.
The body style followed by the Gazelle between 1956 and 1967 came to be known as the ‘Audax’ body, with significant input from the US-based Loewy design organisation that had designed several iconic Studebaker cars.
The convertible version of the Series III had a two position roof that could be completely lowered or rolled back to just behind the front seats referred to as the coupé de ville position. All side windows could be completely lowered.
With a 1,494 cc overhead valve engine, the stylish Gazelle Series III could accelerate from 0 – 60 mph (97 km/h) in 21 seconds and had a top speed of 135 kilometres per hour.