Friday, 17 July 2015

Singer 911 Targa

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Singer's approach to 911s is arguably the ultimate form of restomodding. These aren't tacky retro pastiches, they're oldish 911s that are restyled to look like even older ones, while stuffing in the rapidity of brand new ones. Make sense...?
Take this Targa as a case in point. It began life as a 1990 964-generation car, and has been artfully reworked to incorporate the styling of 1970s 911s. But that simplistic description doesn't do justice to the sheer perfectionism that's imbued into each rarefied facet of the build - just casting an eye over the photos will show how much thought and effort goes into each and every detail. These are exquisite connoisseurs' machines; the starting price for a bespoke Singer build is around $400,000 (£256,000), with the example you're looking at here coming in closer to $550,000 (£351,000). You get a strengthened chassis, a reworked nose to alter the fixing points and allow space for an oil cooler, an integral (but removeable) rollcage, custom carbon-fibre body panels, and unique Singer embellishments such as lights and hinges made specifically for the car. The shell is treated to thirty-four coats of primer, paint and lacquer, to hide the carbon-fibre weave and keep the authentic feel of a classic steel Porsche. And the cherry on the cake is a custom-built motor, available in 3.6-, 3.8- or 4.0-litre displacements and featuring 997 RS upgrades. This Targa, a 4.0-litre car, has 390bhp and will hit 60mph in a smidge over three seconds.
The suspension is bespoke, the wheels are custom-made, and the interior is a sublime work of sepia-tinted art. Oh, and the company was founded by the cousin of Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson. So yes, this car rocks on all levels.

Spotted at the 2015 FoS - more photos here.

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