1991 PORSCHE 911 BY SINGER VEHICLE DESIGN
words by samuel cuthbert with Photography courtesy of Singer Vehicle Design
This is the first album to be featured on The Whole Car, and it's been chosen for a reason - it's my dream car. A perfect balance between classic design and modern performance, traditional and new all at once, with history and instant recognition - while also fresh and extraordinary. The perfect "resto-mod" then? I think they are getting pretty darn close, along with perhaps an Alfaholics GTA-R. It's all a matter of preference on the styling, but if you happen to feel at all similarly about the Singer, I think you will enjoy the site as our tastes may be aligned.
Singer Vehicle Design is one of those rare companies that have tried to enter the premium automotive sector and actually survived. They have a fanatical approach to designing and building their vision of what the perfect 911 should be, and integrate any wishes their clientele may have to produce truly custom works of rolling art. Yes, they have an eye-watering price tag to match the level of quality and craftsmanship, but if their waiting list is anything to go by, their target audience sees the value in their work. The more you read about these cars the more you understand why people are paying anywhere between $350,000 - $500,000 (for perspective that's two very nicely optioned 2015 991 Turbo S cars) for their own Singer 911 - details like the bespoke wiring loom alone cost around $30,000.
It may help to understand the bloke behind it all, Rob Dickinson. The forty-eight-year-old British leader of 90's rock band Catherine Wheel is a total perfectionist - his musical background lending comparison to his other creative obsession in "reimagining" Porsche's iconic sports car. This parallel desire to express and execute an idea as beautifully as possible led him to assemble a team in southern California that can overcome any manufacturing obstacles that might get in the way of someone's dream build.
When there isn't a brilliant aftermarket part, we will invent it. Our work evokes the classic 911 road racing era of the early 1970′s when Porsche’s 911 ruled the race tracks of the world, and ‘turn the volume up’ on every detail until it is ready for it’s new life in the 21st Century – a shining beacon of analogue ability in a digital world.
Of course they still take advantage of the very best suppliers in their respective fields when they fit the design and performance demands the team place on each component. Singer only uses the very best suppliers; bespoke xenon headlights from Hella, Recaro seats, Brembo brakes, a hand-built Cosworth-tuned motor(a 3.6-liter engine producing 270 hp and the 3.8-liter engine, producing 360 hp), Öhlins TTX MkII dampers, the aforementioned custom wiring harness, and carbon fibre panels ( including the roof, and those beautiful wide arches) supplied by the Aria Group.
So, enjoy this "Texas" example showcased in the gallery, it certainly won't be the last time you see a Singer 911 featured in this space, and we can dive in to some more details then. Let's finish off with a little Top Gear clip of Captain Slow comparing the latest 991 to Singer's creation.