Founded in Los Angeles in 2009 by Rob Dickinson, a die-hard 911 enthusiast and former lead singer for the British rock band Catherine Wheel, through Singer, Dickinson sought to create the ultimate air-cooled 911, combining aspects of 911s across all eras of air-cooled production. Starting with a 964-generation 911, Singer painstakingly 'reimagines' the car to create the equivalent of a 'greatest hits' album of Porsche's most iconic model. Perhaps Singer themselves say it best, in that they aim to achieve a 911 with 'the delicacy of the '63 original, the race-bred chic of the '70s, the solidity of the '80s, and the sophistication of the '90s...reimagined in a singular jewel-like car'.
Owners are given the basic choice between either coupe or Targa body styles, rear- or four-wheel-drive formats, and a 3.6-, 3.8-, or 4.0-litre engine. The cars are completely disassembled and taken back to bare metal, with carbon-fibre panels replacing the original, including the front and rear fenders, bumpers, bonnet, and engine decklid. From there, the sky is truly the limit when it comes to customization. Each Singer built is truly a bespoke creation, tailored to the tastes of each specific owner, with no two cars being alike.
Dubbed 'the Encore' by Singer, this particular car boasts a beautiful and well-thought-out specification. At its heart lies Singer's 3.8-litre flat six-cylinder engine mated to a G50 6-speed manual transmission. The 3.8-litre engine produces 300 bhp at a redline of 7,200 rpm. Built by Ed Pink Racing Engines retaining the 964-generation block, it utilizes numerous bespoke internal components, including pistons, cylinders and cylinder heads, crankshaft, cams, connecting rods, oil pump, and intake systems.
The car is painted Montana Blue, complemented by Fuchs-style RS Nickel wheels with crimson brake calipers. Singer's larger-size steel Brembo brakes are fitted, along with an Ohlins adjustable suspension. Importantly, the Encore commission also boasts the desirable options of 4-way driver and passenger sport seats, Rear backrest delete, Interior panels in Montana blue, Kick panels in Cognac Brown, Floor panels in tan squareweave carpet, Roll bar in Cognac brown leather and Side stripes. Importantly,
Inside, both driver and passenger enjoy track-specification seats and rollbar trimmed in cognac leather with an Ivory headliner. Creating a slight contrast are the dash, door cards, and kick panels, which are trimmed in Cognac leather. Furthermore, the transmission tunnel and the interior doorsills are finished in Montana Blue to match the exterior paintwork. The car is also outfitted with air conditioning, stereo with iPod connect, and subwoofer. It presently shows approximately 6000 miles on its odometer since its rebuild by Singer in 2015.
Today, Singer has reimagined more than 100 cars, and it speaks to the company's attention to detail, philosophy, and the overall quality of the cars that so few examples have become available in the secondhand market since their inception. These are treasured automobiles, cars which are often driven and enjoyed by the individuals lucky enough to commission them new. This rare opportunity to purchase a Singer should not be passed by, and especially one built to such a lovely specification as the Encore.