It’s hard not to consider this eye-watering price tag of this Porsche 911 revived by Singer while going on a twisty stretch of Vancouver’s Marine Drive. However, the fixation soonnbsp;fades.
It takes just a minute to readapt into the old-school bottom-hinged pedals of a Porsche 964 — the mill designation given to 911s built between 1989 and 1994. Not having sound-deadening technology means the thrum of the rear-mounted 4.0-litre, 390-horsepower, flat-six engine is very current in the cottage. The torquey engine feels tractable at low rates, not peaky like some hot-rodded Porsches.
Older 911s have always been responsive but the milder Singer-customized car appears even more conducive to the driver’s inputs. The street is still damp in the most current Wet Coast deluge, but the 911 can be confidently pitched into tight turns on the narrow street without fear. Too fast and the gigantic Brembo brakes fast wash rate while its fat rear tires keep things innbsp;lineup.
You do not have to be a diehard enthusiast for classic, air-cooled 911s to love one restored by Singer Vehicle Design. Raw and benign at precisely the exact same time, it marries the legend’s classic features — and somehow amplifiesnbsp;them.
A 911 “reimagined” from the Los Angeles-based customizer begins around $500,000 at the current exchange rates. One purchased by Chris Pfaff, who heads Toronto-based Pfaff Automotive Partners (which recently became Singer’s Canadian merchant), cost nearly $1-million, more than nine times the $102,000 starting cost of a newnbsp;911.
There are loads of tuners and resto-mod outfits ready to sell a souped-up 911 for less. But in the eight years since British ex-pat Rob Dickinson made it, Singer has built a reputation for meticulous workmanship and extremenbsp;personalization.
The business has completed fewer than 100 jobs since 2009 but at time of writing, had deposits for another 110 on its books, spokeswoman Deb Pollack said. Is a restored 911 worth that muchnbsp;cash?
Faisal Huda owns one of three Singer-customized 911s in Canada. The Toronto businessman was watching an old episode of BBC’s Top Gear when he had been “mesmerized” by co-host James May’s rapturous review. “It was among the most gorgeous vehicles to cross my gaze,” he explained in an interview. “I was transfixed, needing to rewind the episode a few occasions and rewatch merely to soak in all the particulars.” Huda spoke to Dickinson for nearly two hours prior to ordering Singer’s 25th rebuild.
Singer takes roughly a year and 4,000 man-hours to finish a commission, drawing some 120 providers, located mostly in Southern California. To prevent any misunderstanding that Porsche supports its work, Singer highlights that it neither manufactures nor sells automobiles. It’s not associated with Porschenbsp;itself.
Customers provide a Porsche 964, which Singer will help supply. The car retains its original VIN and engine block but is stripped to the bare shell, a blank canvas for the purchaser’snbsp;creativity.
There is little Singer will not do to personalize a vehicle — just do not request an automatic transmission. Otherwise, the sky’s the limit, from various suspension and engine tunings to inside and exteriornbsp;finishes.
Huda seen Singer five occasions while his car was being worked on. He encouraged staff to push the design envelope with its inside, using different colors of leather and suede, specifying a one off pair of back reflectors, nickel-plated rather than black, and tweaking the paint — Porsche’s Geyser Grey Metallic — to make itnbsp;warmer.
“I wanted something sporty but elegant at the same time, and something which reeked of retro,” henbsp;stated.
Huda, who’s owned a 2013 911 Carrera and had a 2018 Targa 4 GTS on order, is no track-day bandit but likes to push hard. “I will never take it out in the rain or when there’s residual winter salt on the street, but I have put something like 6,000 kilometres on the vehicle over two summers,” henbsp;stated.
The Pfaff-commissioned car we drove in Vancouver was completed in Albert Blue, just like the 1967 911 Pfaff’s father owned. For the inside, Pfaff went with red leather and an orange and blue tartan basket-weave cut the deeply bolstered Recaro seats, dash and door panels. It takes some getting usednbsp;to.
Singer carved over 300 pounds from the 964’s 3,000-pound curb weight by replacing all but the doors and roof with carbon-fibre bits and eliminating sound-deadening insulation. The shift knob is balsanbsp;timber.
The flat-six, built by Ed Pink Racing Engines, produces 390 horsepower compared with the inventory 3.6-litre’s 250 horsepower. Clients can purchase 3.8-litre versions producing 300 to 350nbsp;horsepower.
Nonetheless, the question remains: Is a Singer-restored Porsche’s intense high quality quality and satisfying driver experience worth the price tag? After all, a $300 Seiko watch will offer the time much the same as a $60,000 hand-finished Patek Philippe Calatrava. Likewise a run-of-the-mill sedan will get you from point A to point B, much like a Singernbsp;Porsche.
The best way to travel that road is yournbsp;telephone.
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