Singer Vehicle Design Photos
  • Singer Vehicle Design celebrates the classic 1965 Targa configuration, with the restoration of its first U.S.-customer-owned Targa, modified to include both a collapsible soft roof and 1-piece carbon fiber top.
  • Interior modifications by Singer Vehicle Design for this customers’ Targa include ‘Tobacco Brown’ woven leather and suede weave with grommets on front sports seats and folding rear seats, suggesting a “touring” style.
  • All-new 4.0-liter engines with 390hp have been developed exclusively for Singer Vehicle Design by famed Ed Pink Racing Engines, technology and performance leaders since 1965.
  • This ‘Battleship Grey Dark’ customer-owned Porsche 911 coupe, restored by Singer Vehicle Design, combines perfect track performance with utilization as a ‘daily driver.’
  • Rob Dickinson, founder and creator of Singer Vehicle Design, is a Porsche fanatic that in response to exceeding the expectations of his customer’s desires, believes “everything is important.”

SINGER VEHICLE DESIGN SHOWS ‘BEST OF THE BEST’ DURING 2015 MONTEREY CAR WEEK

U.S. Debut of Reimagined Targa by Singer Complemented by Ed Pink Racing Engine’s Finest 4.0-Liter Engine Technology

‘Best of the best’ restoration yet for @Singervehicles during Monterey Car Week

/ PR Newswire / — In celebration of quite possibly the finest air-cooled vehicle ever produced, Southern California-based Singer Vehicle Design (SVD) will be making every effort to demonstrate exactly why it believes the Porsche 911 deserves to be recognized and recreated in a bespoke manner that hails to the delight and extravagance of all possibilities, especially when answering the questions “what if” and “what more.” Bringing together the ultimate U.S. debut during the 2015 Monterey Car Week, SVD will highlight two of its most current customer restorations that blend tradition with modernity within a Porsche 964 chassis -- each boasting an all-new 4.0-liter, 6-speed, 390hp engine, developed exclusively for Singer’s customers by famed Ed Pink Racing Engines (EPRE). With displays at the 24th annual Gordon McCall's Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center on Wednesday, August 12th, and later in the week at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club on Friday, August 14th, aficionados can view the first U.S. customer-owned Targa restoration by Singer, along with the first Singer-optimized 911 coupe to enjoy the marvel of Ed Pink’s 4.0-liter extravagance.
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Quickly gaining global recognition for the outstanding handcraftsmanship and near perfection of every element contained in the bespoke Porsche 911s optimized by SVD, the company is thrilled to extend its California heritage alongside the ultimate in automotive design, engineering and industry camaraderie. According to founder and creator of Singer Vehicle Design, Rob Dickinson, there’s not a grander spot to showcase the pinnacle of such creativity. “We look forward to joining the ranks of the very best during this special week on the Monterey Peninsula,” said Dickinson. “We’ve been fortunate enough to develop a reputation that Singer stands for something very special, and by having the opportunity to share our abilities within this equally special arena reinforces our entrée within the classic car spectrum.”

In an effort to continuously provide its customers with increasingly updated technology and performance systems, Dickinson noted that the company will also be highlighting a display of an entirely new composite brake package, manufactured exclusively for Singer Vehicle Design by WP Pro - http://www.wpprobrakes.com/performance/about-us, and containing specially formulated low-dust brake pads by Pagid. The overall system contains a front 322mm x 32mm carbon ceramic rotor with hard anodized aluminum hat, and rear 295mm x 28mm carbon ceramic rotor with hard anodized aluminum hat. Benefits of the package to any vehicles restored by Singer will include:

  • 42% weight savings in brake system un-sprung mass
  • Large reduction in brake dust
  • Increase friction coefficient at higher temperatures
  • Increased service life of brake rotors
  • Composite brake system designed for SVD to fit under standard Porsche (Brembo) brake calipers

Each customer vehicle restored by Singer is reborn out of a collaborative effort between the customer and Singer Vehicle Design, however, each special vehicle begins as a Porsche 911 and always remains a Porsche 911. It should be noted that Singer does not design, manufacture, remanufacture, create or sell automobiles. Rather, Singer restores, tunes, modifies and customizes existing Porsche® automobiles for its customers. Singer's bespoke services are provided solely by Singer. Singer is not sponsored, approved, endorsed by nor, in any way, associated or affiliated with Porsche Cars North America, Inc., or Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche, AG (www.porsche.com).

Singer’s philosophy - creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces to each customer’s desires within perfectly optimized air-cooled Porsche 911s - continues to move forward with each new bespoke restoration. With limited availability and an 8-10 month restoration cycle, vehicles have more recently been commissioned by Porsche owners in Hong Kong, Moscow, Canada, England, Germany, New Zealand, Norway and the UK.

4.0-liter technology by Ed Pink Racing Engine Technology
In response to Singer’s customers requesting “even more,” the company has partnered with Ed Pink Racing Engines (EPRE), known worldwide to have produced the best racing engine and components in the industry since 1965. “The folks at Ed Pink Racing Engines have created a very docile engine that has been honed and improved upon, with a very sophisticated engine management system - one that is completely balanced from a weight ratio perspective, yet providing tremendous torque - truly an absolutely, wonderfully sweet engine. Even the intake manifold becomes a piece of fine jewelry.”

964 Targa Model - “Cupertino”
Because Singer continues to respond to the desires of its customers, the company has been challenged to perform its unique services on a new canvas - Targa. The “Cupertino” car, referred to for its final destination following the Monterey Car Week, is the first Targa that a U.S. client has presented to Singer to restore and reimagine, celebrating the classic Targa configuration launched in 1965 with the iconic polished metal ‘Targa Hoop.’ According to Dickinson, in Singer's world this is beautifully rendered in Singer’s own nickel-plate, which is a special recipe created by Dickinson and adds a warm golden hue to the nickel coloring. For photos, please view: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/u22hl9rv9f49dmg/AAAjdJD8aWGzCHrDyQWY463qa?dl=0

Upon customer request, this particular Targa has been restored with both a collapsible soft roof and a one-piece carbon fiber top. The exterior color of this Targa example is ‘Casablanca Beige,’ reminiscent of the genuine early 1980s 930 turbo color, while the interior is fashioned in ‘Tobacco Brown’ leather weave with grommets, including sports seats and folding rear seats - suggesting more of a ‘touring’ style vehicle. Additionally, the highly specialized vehicle has Ohlins suspension; Fuchs-style wheels have a white nickel finish on the barrels with closed lugnuts and black painted wheel centers.

Dickinson also notes a bit of whimsical “insider” neurosis as a special Singer touch, included within the Targa - rendering the Targa hoop with only two air filtering louvers rather than 3 louvres -- a little touch that's slightly different from 1965 and as Dickinson points out, “one thing not noticed by many, but noticed by few.”

‘Chicago’ - the first 4.0-liter 911 coupe modified by SVD
The ‘Battleship Grey Dark’ customer-owned Porsche 911 coupe, recently restored by Singer and residing in Chicago, is an example of light-weight construction with comfort, durability and high performance stemming from a 4.0-liter Ed Pink Racing Engine-developed engine, made specifically for Singer’s customer. With ‘Saddle Tan’ leather weave and grommets on the one-piece track seats, this highly specified car has a harness bar and roll hoop, allowing for perfect track performance as well as utilization as a daily driver. Special features include the 6-speed transmission; an integrated roll bar; Ohlins suspension system; external fuel and oil cap lids; track seats; a big brake package and stereo upgrade. High resolution photography can be viewed at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ctqxdj9mh9ilqoo/AABHptKbFX1JOKggQwrr_2KYa?dl=0

Details such as the unique nickel-plating on the fuel and oil caps, side mirrors and the Targa bar strip (a traditional plating with a golden warm hue which Dickinson himself developed), bring subtle differences that lend to the exclusivity of a vehicle restored by Singer. “For us, it’s those nuances, personified by our attention to detail that matter most,” said Dickinson, “… because our mantra remains that everything is important.”

About Singer Vehicle Design

Singer Vehicle Design (SVD) restores and modifies existing Porsche® automobiles for its customers. Singer does not manufacture or sell automobiles.

SVD is not sponsored, associated, approved, endorsed nor, in any way, affiliated with Porsche Cars North America, Inc., or Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche, AG (www.porsche.com). The Porsche® name and crest are trademarks of Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG, and any other products mentioned are the trademarks of their respective holders. Any mention of trademarked names or other marks is for purpose of reference only.

The product of Singer’s painstaking effort is a Porsche 911® restored and reimagined by Singer. Out of respect for Porsche, and to respect Porsche’s trademark rights, this incredible machine should never under any circumstances be referred to or described as a “Singer,” “Singer 911,” “Singer Porsche 911” or a “Porsche Singer 911,” or in any other manner that suggests that it is anything but a Porsche® 911®.

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Contact: Deb Pollack for Singer Vehicle Design
(t) 805-320-9248 (e) deb@debpollack.com