Post World War II when manufacturers were scrambling to make small cars popular, one model that stole the initial run was the British Motors Corporation (BMC) Mini. So another British firm Rootes Engineering started working on a small car project and secretly labelled it as Apex. Four years later this Apex happened to be the Hillman Imp.
The key difference between BMC’s Mini and the Hillman Imp was this 875 cc aluminium power unit that was borrowed from Rootes Engineering earlier designed fire pump. Then the engine was mounted at the rear and given a 45 degree tilt to keep the center of gravity low. This was an industry first.
However, sales figures were not revving up and Rootes Engineering decided to launch a luxury version. So in 1967, the Singer Chamois * in her new avatar makes her debut.
* chamois is a type of lambskin leather. When tanned with fishoil, the chamois tends to be supple, soft and smooth. It also has a high degree of being absorbent and when made soft it is used for removing fingerprints, smudges, etc. Manufacturers of expensive automobile brands use this leather to hand-polish cars.
|- Only 2000 pieces made|
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Moving wheels|
|- Non-opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||6.5 x 3 x 3|