Porsche 911 Cabriolet: Singer showcases their restorative works on the 964 Cabriolet.
Antiques have always been known to be great investment pieces. Whether it’s because they hold some piece of artisanal story or sentimental value, the saying ‘old is gold’ becomes especially true as these timepieces bear the potential to increase in value over time.
But not everything that is old is necessarily gold. What really defines the price of such ‘investment pieces’ will largely depend on the desirability, condition, authenticity, rarity, and quality as well. This is not to say that faded and worn down artefacts are a loss cause due to poor condition and quality. They can be restored to its prime with a little help from restoration specialists, reinstating its quality to improve desirability and ultimately, its monetary value.
Introducing Singer, a California-based luxury specialist with an agenda to restore and reimagine 1989 to 1994 Porsche 911s. The company insists that they are neither a manufacturer nor sellers. They simply retrofit vintage Porsches with revamped designs and modifications on a request-by-owner basis to elevate the overall aesthetics and performance of the vehicle.
Most recently, the company presented its first-ever reimagined Porsche 911 Cabriolet at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Monterey Car Week 2022. This restoration project has allowed Singer to integrate its Turbo Study to explore forced induction in celebration of the iconic Porsche 930 Turbo and open-top driving experience.
The Turbo Study takes the Type 964 generation of air-cooled cars as its starting point. Featuring a 3.8-litre engine with twin turbocharged flat-six engine, the reworked 911 Cabriolet records power outputs starting at 450 hp rising to 510 hp. The ‘shark fin’ on the rear has also been reimagined to accentuate a timeless style whilst functioning as an intake that supplies cool air to the engine bay for optimised combustion and cooling performance.
Bringing together its research into turbocharging, high-performance ride and damping expertise, the refined cabriolet is packed with long-range and high-speed touring capabilities, allowing it to rival modern day vehicles from the alpine pass to the autobahn. If a more overtly sporting focus is preferred by the owner, a sports exhaust system and suitable damping characteristics can also be tailored as required.
Rob Dickinson, Founder and Executive Chairman of Singer Group Inc. comments, “The first Porsche, the Sport 356/1 known as “Number 1”, was a cabriolet, and high-performance, open-roof glamour has been part of the story ever since. I’ve long wanted to celebrate that part of Porsche heritage at Singer and doing so as part of our recently announced Turbo Study seems a perfect place to start. Our goal with the Turbo Study is to distil the awesome thrill of Porsche’s first ‘supercar’ while reimagining its performance and refinement. We’re excited that owners can now choose to enjoy these traits with the roof down.”
Over the past decade, Singer has become a luxury brand with a global clientele with a goal of bringing together heritage with 21st-century engineering and material science. The company is renowned for its collaboration with owners, working closely on all points to enliven their personal vision on restorative works with a highly personalised approach and exquisite craftsmanship, and in its very essence, turning old to gold.