Last Call- The Singer and the Dancer. . . and Marilyn Edition




Singer may be better known for their pre-war products, but the British car maker did put forth a concerted effort following the end of hostilities to make a go of it. In America, that included having Marilyn Monroe’s curves compete with those of the SM1500 roadster in advertisements. No surprise, Marilyn won.

Here’s a great shot of the famous blonde leaning on the Singer’s fender while singer and Rat Pack staple Sammy Davis Jr. expresses his excitement for the car via an ebullient leap. Sadly, Singers never engendered that kind of emotion among enough buyers to remain independent, and in 1955 they were folded into the Rootes Group. 

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8 responses to “Last Call- The Singer and the Dancer. . . and Marilyn Edition”

  1. schigleymischke Avatar

    Looks like Sammy and Marylin do more to make the car look out of date rather than cool and hip.

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      I got the same general vibe, without consciously realizing it until I read your comment.

  2. Alff Avatar

    I don't remember Sammy's character in Rootes.

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      He played Vegas.

      1. Alff Avatar

        Marilyn had another ride, although I couldn't find a photo of the 1960 model she preferred…
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  3. Paul E Avatar
    Paul E

    Sammy tried to kick-start the car. Marilyn tried the jump-start. Neither were successful.

  4. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    I'd be doing that too, if I'd been tooling around with Marilyn and that car in the California hills back then.

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