In 1956, almost immediately after the Singer company was rescued from almost inevitable insolvency through becoming a part of the Rootes Group, the new owners quickly discarded all existing models and set about releasing a completely new design that was scheduled for release by the end of that year.
The first Singer model of the new regime was given the name of Gazelle, although it was really a Minx from the Hillman range marketed by Rootes, although fitted with a new 1494cc (91 cu in) overhead-valve engine, and given a completely separate front look based around the traditional Singer grille.
Serious design contributions were given to the Gazelle’s body style by the US-based Loewy design organisation; the jammed themselves a solid reputation during the mid-Fifties, particularly with the Studebaker company producing a number of iconic designs.
Initially offered in a choice of saloon and convertible body styles, by the following year, with the introduction of the Gazelle Series II, an estate car version was also made available, with all three versions now available with a larger fuel tank as well as optional overdrive.
As far as mechanical advances were concerned the Singer Gazelle was designed so that its front suspension was independent through the use of coil springs at the front.
At the rear a live axle was fitted along with half-elliptic leaf springs.