The US-based tuning house is synonymous with Porsche’s iconic sports car across the globe and even showcased its latest works at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed at the personal invitation of Lord March.
Though Singer works exclusively with the 964 911s, the company has recently branched out to start restoring Targa variants as well as traditional coupés. We arrive at a photographic studio in east London to see both cars in more detail, and Singer boss Rob Dickinson explains the idea behind the brand.
“I thought, 'Why not try and celebrate this incredible air-cooled era of the 911 with some kind of halo machine that embodied everything that was great about the car? Something that was a kind of greatest hits car,'” says Dickinson, a former Lotus engineer.
The first Singer model was restored by Dickinson himself, as he melded together a 1969 Porsche 911 chassis with a 1979 engine to create his own daily driver. “I was constantly being asked to sell it,” he says, “and I started to tell people that while they couldn’t buy it I could maybe build them something similar. That car was the genesis of Singer.”
Singer’s customers source their own 964s – described by Dickinson as “the sweet spot” of Porsche’s air-cooled 911 era - and then hand them over to the company for an extensive reimagining.
It’s important to note, as Singer does, that the company doesn’t manufacture its own cars, with its work instead being very much in the spirit of a tribute to Porsche – something which Dickinson says has enabled Singer to “tread gently” with the brand.