the tach goes to eleven

Here’s Your Rare Chance to Grab a Singer-Customized Porsche 911 Without a 2-Year Wait


March 9, 2020 Cars By
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There are few cars at any price that can compare to a Singer-modified Porsche 911. The VIN may say it was born decades ago, but a Singer-tweaked car offers craftsmanship, build quality and performance that matches the finest cars on sale today. It’s the ultimate spiritual distillation of the Porsche 911, a pure expression of air-cooled Germanic sports car excellence tailored specifically to your desires.

It’ll also take you at least two years to bring it home, no matter how much money you throw at Singer Vehicle Designs. Unless, of course, you don’t mind buying someone else’s vision of air-cooled Porsche perfection. And as it turns out, RM Sotheby’s is offering the rare chance to buy a secondhand Singer-modded 911 in pristine condition, with just 1,400 miles on the odometer.

The “Malibu” car, as it’s known (Singer’s tuned 911s are named after the hometowns of their commissioners), is a beautifully-specced example of the custom shop’s handiwork. Beneath the hood in back lies the company’s modded flat-six, expanded to 4.0 liters and making 390 horsepower at its 7,200-rpm redline. Öhlins adjustable dampers help it turn as delightfully as it sprints forward, while Brembo brakes with red calipers yank it down from speed.

The Fuchs-style wheels will stand out to enthusiasts, but everyone will appreciate the aquamarine paint that goes by the name of “Mintarrini;” it’s a shade that’s practically a spiritual match to the 964-generation Porsche 911’s simple, sexy lines. Fewer people will have a chance to appreciate the black-and-tan interior, replete in leather and nickel and boasting Recaro sport seats…but you’ll be the one winding out that 11,000-rpm tachometer, and that’s all that matters.

Is your phone covered with drool by now? Well, here’s where you might accidentally choke on it: RM is listing this car for the low, low price of $875,000. Which is to say, you could commission SVD to reimagine your own 911 and still have enough money left over to buy a brand-new Porsche 911 Turbo S for the same money as this car. But then you’d have to wait two years, and who wants to do that?

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Will Sabel Courtney

Will Sabel Courtney is Gear Patrol’s Motoring Editor, formerly of The Drive and RIDES Magazine. You can often find him test-driving new cars in New York City, cursing the slow-moving traffic surrounding him.

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