Rare Rides: The 1962 Singer Vogue, the Smaller Side of British Luxury

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Singer got its start not in automobiles, but in bicycles and motorcycles. Formed in 1874 in Coventry, England, the firm’s initial name was Singer & Company. In 1901 automotive production was added to the mix, and eventually, the brand renamed itself Singer Motor Company. The company’s last motorcycles and bikes were made in 1915, coinciding with the start of WWI.

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