The secret: It’s not really all that retro!
For the entirety of its short but impressive history, Singer Vehicle Design has exclusively worked its magic on hardtop Porsche 911s, but now the Los Angeles-based outfit has turned its attention for the first time to the open-top 911 Targa.
To the untrained eye, a Singer 911 (or Porsche 911 reimagined by Singer as their lawyers cautiously call it) looks like your average classic 911 in excellent condition. But look closer, and the stunning details begin to shine through: the subtly flared wheel arches; the nickel-plated brightwork; the interior so immaculate it makes the insides of most mass-production luxury cars look like they were bodged together by toddlers.
Then there’s the stuff you can’t see: the carbon fiber body, the weapons-grade Öhlins shocks. Singer even uses the donor car’s engine case so that its chassis and engine number continue to match.
Singers start life as 964 911s built between 1989 and 1994, and customers provide the original cars. This, however, was the first time a client came to Singer with a 911 Targa, and the company was more than happy to set to work on it.
The result is what you see here. The signature Targa ‘hoop’ is plated in nickel and houses the unique half-dome rear window. Two vertical slats adorn each side of the hoop, which is a subtle homage to the three slats of the original 911 Targa. Singer also built two removable custom roofs: a collapsible fabric roof and a carbon fiber item with headlining.
The Targa is also one of the first Singers to get the new 4.0-liter engine option, whereas previous cars came with 3.6- or 3.8-liter engines. Rebuilt by English engine wizards Cosworth, the new 4.0-liter flat six puts down a healthy 390 horsepower, which is enough to propel to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds.
If you want to put one in your garage, contact Singer and be sure to have a donor 964 Targa and at least $400,000 at the ready.