Chassis no. WP0AB0965KS451003
Engine no. 62L13315
“Restored, reimagined, reborn” — the now-famous slogan of Los Angeles-based Singer Vehicle Design, quite inarguably the world's most renowned builder of bespoke Porsche 911s. To call Singer merely a “tuner” is perhaps the greatest misnomer one could level at a car company that prides itself on leaving absolutely no stone unturned in delivering the finest balance of old and new the motoring world has likely ever seen. No, Singer doesn't merely “restore” an old 911 to its factory specification, they take the very best parts in the 911's multi-generational evolution to produce a seamless blend of style, understated elegance, extreme performance, and unwavering perfectionism in execution. It is, as Chris Harris said during his first Singer test drive, “a machine rooted in passion, obsession, and perfection.”
The process of reimagining a Singer speaks to founder Rob Dickinson's motto, “everything is important.” The ethos from day one was to capitalize on the interchangeability of Porsche's best parts from the aircooled era to develop the ultimate 911, with the absolute best of everything — the best engine in the best chassis with the best brakes, suspension, transmission, and trim. Although the overall design harkens back to the earliest 911s, the starting point is actually a 964-era Coupe or Targa, stripped to bare metal, before being dipped in anti-corrosive coating and then treated to custom carbon fiber bodywork. Every detail thereafter, from the headlights to the engine bay, the bespoke wiring harness to the sophisticated braking system, or the suspension components, has a level of motorsport quality and finishing. Even the sound deadening inside the car was designed by aircraft specialists and the 3.6 liter engines were built by Cosworth with GT3 crankshafts.
This particular 911 Reimagined by Singer is equipped with the largest, most desirable 4.0-liter engine, which in and of itself is an optional upgrade over the more standard 3.8 that replaced the 3.6-liter motor some years ago. According to Singer, these 4.0-liter engines produce about 390 bhp and about 315 lb/ft of torque with engineering by Ed Pink Racing Engines, utilizing a 964 case with custom crankshaft, oil pump, pistons, cylinders, connecting rods, camshafts, cylinder heads, throttle bodies, and intake system. Zero-to-sixty times are frequently achieved below 3.3 seconds with 0-100 mph sprints of about 8.2 seconds!
Commissioned new by a Toronto-based collector, the car is now offered on behalf of its second private owner with less than 1,800 kilometers indicated on the odometer. It was extremely well specified from new with such desirable features as the large center-mounted fuel-filler cap, the high-horsepower RS+ camshafts, six-speed transmission (as opposed to the standard five-speed), and the bigger Brembo brake kit. On the interior, optional air conditioning and the stereo system with optional subwoofer are of particular note, as are the four-way touring seats and leather-covered transmission tunnel and “jacuzzi” foot wells. The car was finished in Geyser Grey with Bahama Yellow lettering on the sides, gold “911” badging on the decklid, and nickel-trimmed bumperettes. The interior colors are a stunning contrast to the understated Grey exterior, as the suede-mixed weaved Tobacco Olive seating surfaces are contrasted by the Dark Tobacco trim and dash surfaces. Bahama Yellow stitching matches the exterior, with brass grommets, a matching MOMO Prototipo steering wheel, ivory headliner, and a Bahama Yellow tachometer face.
Collectors Garage's Senior Specialist Alexander Weaver is certainly among the most experienced Singer drivers in the world, having logged thousands of miles behind the wheels of their cars over the last several years. Intimately familiar with the company's process, its build quality, and the parts that go into constructing them, Alexander summarized this particular example perfectly—”To me, a Singer is probably the finest balance of modern materials and engineering, mixed with the feel and experience of a classic 911. The result is something you have to drive to understand, and after countless miles behind the wheel, I can tell you these cars drive, sound, and feel unlike anything else, whether commuting to work or ripping through the mountains.”
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