23 May 2019

Carrera Opportunities: how Singer is transforming both cars and watches

There is an instant, instinctive covetability about a Singer-restored Porsche 911. It overwhelms anyone with even a passing interest in classic Porsches, or cars in general, and is sadly unrelated to the inability of most of us to afford one.

Founded in Southern California a decade ago by British product designer, former rock vocalist/guitarist and terminal Porsche obsessive Rob Dickinson, Singer starts with a tatty but sound 911 from the early Nineties. These air-cooled, 964-type cars are vintage enough to have the approval of Porschephiles, but modern enough to provide a suitable foundation for what Dickinson does next. The chassis is stripped bare and seam-welded for strength. The engine is rebuilt by California-based Ed Pink Racing Engines. Bespoke suspension is fitted, the cabin is completely re-trimmed and the chassis is clothed in carbon-fibre panels of Dickinson’s design which distil the essence of earlier, sexier 911s.

Each car takes around 4,000 hours to complete, with an attention to detail and level of finish which rivals the watch industry. The metal highlights in the interior are nickel-plated for a warmer, more lustrous finish. The gear knob in one model has a balsa-wood insert, a subtle reference to the ultra-light shifter in the Porsche 917 racer of the late Sixties. The engine bay can even be lined with leather, if so desired. What Singer does to these cars goes way beyond restoration or customisation: it’s an intensification of their Porsche-ness. Dickinson understands what makes early 911s so compelling, and subtly and respectfully dials that up. Resistance is futile.

View the full article at QPmagazine.com