Ultimate Gift Guide 2014: 911 Reimagined

The Gift

  • A classic Porsche 911 reimagined and restored by Singer Vehicle Design.
  • A consultation with Singer’s creative director, Rob Dickinson, to personalize a 911 or to commission the vehicle imagined by Robb Report. 
  • Digital renderings by the renowned industrial and vehicle designer Daniel Simon that show what the car will look like when the restoration is completed. 
  • An ongoing video documentary of the car being restored.
  • An in-studio photo session of the car by Scott Williamson, the renowned automotive photographer who provides the images for the Robb Report Design Portfolio.

Starting at $600,000

For this gift, Robb Report has collaborated with Singer Vehicle Design to arrange a commission for the ultimate restored air-cooled Porsche 911. Established five years ago, Singer is celebrated by enthusiasts for restoring vehicles that embody the spirit and style of the most famous Porsche 911: the 1973 Carrera RS.

Singer begins the restoration process with a customer-supplied 911, specifically one built between 1990 and 1994 (the 964 series, which is the most robust of the original 911 designs), and removes every nut and bolt and strips the body shell to the core. Parts are replaced with cutting-edge components during a restoration that results in a level of fit and finish ordinarily reserved for Pebble Beach classics.

Whether the buyer specifies a 911 tailored to deliver extreme performance on the track or one transformed into a luxurious GT for crossing the continent—or a combination of the two—Singer offers virtually endless opportunities for creative expression and personalization.

The Robb Report vision of a Singer restoration goes for vintage-racing chic, pairing ultimate performance with the highest levels of luxury and refinement. The images shown here are digital impressions of what the restored 911 would look like. The images were created by the renowned futurist, designer, and artist Daniel Simon. (More of Simon’s artistry can be seen in his books Cosmic Motors and The Timeless Racer.)

Singer will use the Porsche’s original steel unibody shell and doors but replace the hood, deck lid, roof, front fenders, rear fenders, and bumpers with lightweight carbon-fiber bodywork to better exploit the power of the Porsche air-cooled flat 6, which will be enlarged to 4 liters. The engine will produce 390 hp and 315 ft lbs of torque and be mated to a close-ratio 6-speed gearbox. The car will also be equipped with a limited-slip differential and an Öhlins adjustable sports suspension. Amenities and other equipment will include powerful air-conditioning, an advanced sound system, GPS navigation, antilock brakes, and power steering. The exterior will be finished in Heritage Orange with ghosted stripes. The interior will feature carbon-fiber bucket seats wrapped in forest-green woven leather. 

Throughout the restoration, the recipient of this gift will receive video updates documenting the process. When complete, the 911 will be transported to the Southern California studio of the Robb Report contributing photographer Scott Williamson, who will shoot a comprehensive portfolio of exterior and interior views for the car’s new owner and for a Design Portfolio spread in an upcoming issue of the magazine.  

Singer Vehicle Design, Rob Dickinson, 323.799.1237, rob@singervehicledesign.comsingervehicledesign.com

The gift recipient must supply the Porsche 911 that will be restored. The restoration will be completed in approximately 10 months.