Friday, January 18, 2013

Chris Harris Drives the US$300K+ Singer 911 with Classic Looks, Modern Hardware

If you’re a Carscoop regular, or if your memory is strong enough, you may recall the Singer 911 we featured back in 2011. It’s a custom-made 911 built by Los Angeles-based Singer Vehicle Design that wanted to create the ultimate air-cooled Porsche.

In spite of starting with the classic 911 chassis, which was manufactured until 1989, Singer decided to switch to the more modern 964 that replaced it – and that meant a whole lot of development.

What Singer does is strip away everything, get down to the bare metal, then rust-proof and put the sound-deadening material and start building a brand-new car.

Everything on the car is new, from its Cosworth-built 3.8-liter flat-six engine that puts out 350HP to the Recaro seats, dials, HVAC unit, 17-inch Fuchs alloy wheels, Turbo-sourced brakes with ABS and Ohlins dampers; oh, and of course, the carbon fiber bodywork panels.

All this, of course, comes at a cost. Actually, a very high price, as the Singer 911 starts from US$300,000 and, since every car can be built to the customer’s specification, can cost as much as half a million! Yes, it is exorbitantly priced and you could buy a fleet of air-cooled Porsche 993s and 964s for that kind of money but this 911 is a completely different kind of animal.

Chris Harris not only had the opportunity to drive it, but was also treated to a very enlightening view on the inside workings of the company and their development and building of this unique 911, which you can watch in the video that follows.

By Andrew Tsaousis

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