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*Please note that this vehicle is titled as a Singer. Please also note that, while the engine was originally crafted for use in California.this vehicle will not be sold for use or resale or to a non-dealer California resident.
Private Collection, Mountain View, California (restoration completed in 2016)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
“So convincing is the concept and so complete and cohesive is the execution that this car oozes the right stuff with the same assurance as any Pagani Zonda or McLaren F1. What Singer does results in a car that transcends what you thought you knew about 911s to deliver a quite unique experience.’’ – Richard Meaden, EVO, March 2013
Founded by Rob Dickinson and based in Sun Valley, California, the extraordinary Singer Vehicle Design workshop is where Porsche 911s go to be “restored, re-imagined, and reborn.” Working in the classic Southern California custom car tradition, Singer transforms humble 964 Carreras into bespoke works of automotive art, adhering to a design philosophy that is encapsulated in the company motto – “everything is important.”
Since its inception a decade ago, the Singer Reimagined 911 has become a phenomenon. These marvelous creations have graced the covers of countless car magazines, were displayed at leading concours and auto shows, and inspired numerous imitators. A testament to their widespread appeal, these cars are consistently praised by journalists, prized by their owners, and admired by enthusiasts the world over.
This reimagined 911 was commissioned by a prominent California-based Porsche collector and completed by Singer Vehicle Design in 2016. Known as the “Mountain View Car,” this project was envisioned as a modern interpretation of an old-school 911 hot rod and it was restored with a lightweight ethos. As such, it was specified without a sunroof, radio, or air-conditioning. The result is a true driver’s car that captures the spirit of a classic sports-purpose Porsche.
At the heart of the Mountain View Car is a four-liter, air-cooled flat-six engine that was handcrafted and carefully optimized by Ed Pink Racing Engines. Designed for use in California, it features electronic fuel injection and produces about 390 bhp, a remarkable figure considering that this car’s total weight – with all fluids, full tank of gas, and driver – is less than 3,000 pounds. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a Getrag six-speed transaxle, the suspension has been upgraded with Öhlins dampers, and massive Brembo brakes and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires ensure that all this performance is kept under control.
The bodywork, which features panels rendered in exotic carbon fiber, is finished in tasteful Downton Blue, accented by Singer Racing Orange wheels, stripes, and lettering; black brake calipers; and nickel-finished bumperettes. An external oil filler references the original lightweight 911 R of 1967, and the car’s color scheme can be seen as a subtle nod to the classic Gulf-liveried Porsches that dominated endurance racing in the early 1970s.
Inside, the minimalist theme is continued, with exposed, painted floor panels; leather-wrapped roll bar; prototipo-style steering wheel; blackfaced VDO gauges; and drilled floor-hinged pedals. The lightweight carbon fiber bucket seats, sourced at great expense and unique to this example, are beautifully trimmed in Tobacco Brown leather with contrasting Toast stitching, while the panels and dashboard feature distinctive basket-weave upholstery similar in style to the material found in early 911 S models.
The opening compartments are treated with the same reverence as the rest of the car, and are handsomely finished with intricately stitched quilted leather trim. The engine bay is particularly impressive, highlighting the natural beauty of the meticulously finished air-cooled powerplant. In all respects, the Mountain View Car is a spectacular machine and a perfect showcase for Singer’s singular vision, extraordinary craftsmanship, and attention to detail.
This reimagined 911 has seen little use since it was delivered three years ago and has recently undergone an extensive concours-quality detailing to ensure that it presents in pristine condition. The car is also offered complete with its handbooks, ownership notes, keys, and a Singer Certificate of Authenticity.
Since its inception, Singer Vehicle Design has restored over 100 Porsche 911s for an international clientele that includes many high-profile collectors. There is now a multiyear waiting list for each new commission. As the first Singer Reimagined 911 to appear at public auction, this is an exciting opportunity to acquire a stunning example of the most talked-about 911 while enjoying the priceless benefit of instant gratification.