March 9, 2016, 11:30 PM
One of the world’s most interesting customizer and restorer, and probably the most closely followed, is presenting its two latest projects at two Concours d’Elegance shows in Florida.
Singer Vehicle Design (SVD), whose founder Rob Dickinson has been restoring classic Porsches since the turn of the century, and whose creations have garnered the attention of well known aficionados such as Jay Leno, and been featured at events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed, will be showing off its latest takes on the classic air-cooled 964 — the North Carolina Car and The Florida Car — at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and a week later at The Palm Event in Palm Beach.
The car’s titles reference the owners’ geographic locations and are the latest examples of Singer’s “Restored, Reimagined and Reborn” classic 911s. The company is adamant that its projects simply be referred to as what they are — Porsche 911s — and out of respect for the long history of the marque, that they not be referred to as a Singer, a Singer 911 or a Singer Porsche.
“The 911s, in all their luscious, heart-stopping, high-resolution pomp … are the stars - they always are,” notes Dickinson in his book, One More Than 10.
“We began in 2008 with a vision to offer aficionados the opportunity to re-imagine their 911 without compromise,” said Dickinson. “From the very start, we believed that if we could somehow create an environment that thrived on the best craftsmanship and creativity in customization, selecting only the best resources along the way, along with all the best elements if one could only have just one vehicle to drive – then maybe, our unique celebration of Porsche would be regarded with the same obsessive passion by enthusiasts too.”
Unlike many customizers, who acquire new cars and enhance them with high-quality aftermarket parts and components, SVD restores customers’ cars and the promise of a bespoke unique vehicle has commissioned requests from customers all over the world. The company takes the better part of a year to create each one-of-a-kind masterpiece to each customer’s wishes, so its work is high in demand.
The North Carolina Car is a 1991 Porsche 911 featuring Blood Red Dark carbon-fibre body panels and black leather-weave interior with 4-way adjustable front Recaro seats. It also doesn’t have the classic lower body Porsche script.
The Florida Car is a 1990 model with its carbon-fibre panels painted Hemmingway Blue. The interior is Sand Beige with Suede Leather Weave and the front seats are light and thin track models.
Both models use the classic 4.0- Boxer “six” controlled by a 6-speed manual transmission. Brembo brakes and Ohlins suspension enhance the legendary Porsche 911 stopping power and handling prowess.
The release of the new projects also coincides with the launch of Dickinson’s 275-page hardcover book “One More Than 10: Singer and the Porsche 911,” which details the background of the impeccable craftsmanship SVD exacts in the re-imagination of the quintessential Porsche.
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