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201619 Aug


964 Targa ‘Luxemburg’


When Singer Vehicle Design makes its annual showing at this year’s Quail – A Motorsports Gathering on Friday, August 19, on the lawn of Quail Lodge, numerous Singer clientele have decided to come along for the weekend ride – and if you are one of the thousands of car aficionados enjoying Monterey’s week of car culture, plenty of ‘Singer Sightings’ are sure to be found. 


At least eight customer-owned 911s that have been optimised by Singer will be driven all week throughout the Peninsula - the most to ever be seen within one geographic region at one time - including two highly specialised restorations: the stunningly bespoke 1994 ‘Minnesota’ coupe and the uniquely appointed 1990 ‘Luxemburg’ Targa, scheduled to mark their debut together at Quail. Since 2009, Singer has delivered 50 highly optimised vehicles to customers throughout the world, and currently has commissions to restore more than 80 additional Porsche 911s within the near future.


Interestingly, the Quail event will be the first display of two of Singer’s restorations that happen to have the same Minnesota-based owner, though both vehicles couldn’t be more different.  According to Rob Dickinson, founder and creator of Singer Vehicle Design, the endless array of customisation Singer offers can prompt a customer to seek personal nuances in drive-ability as well as creature comforts, opening the channels for more than one type of Porsche 911 restoration.


“The Minnesota coupe and the Luxemburg Targa are clear examples of the wide range of services we can provide our customers to enjoy,” said Dickinson. “What seemingly began as simple color customization and engine desires has emerged into a truly bespoke means of extending a customer’s yearning for ‘special wishes.’ We’re deeply committed to incorporating nearly anything our clients can visualize and we deem feasible.”


964 Targa ‘Luxemburg’


For the ‘Luxemburg’ Targa, named for the small township in the owner’s home state of Minnesota, one of the more unique inclusions in the overall bespoke package is the ‘Tyler Tartan’ interior which has a seven-colour leather weave pattern, including two oranges, four shades of blue and one cream – all to complement the Deep Orange exterior and the Navy Blue leather found throughout several perforated areas on the inside as well as on the seat bolster. Additionally, the optional carbon fiber removable roof has a Navy canvas covering (with an additional factory folding black top provided as well).  With big Brembo brakes, an Ed Pink-developed 4.0-litre engine and a six-speed gearbox, Luxemburg touts an overall sport appeal and has had a complete re-imagination from its original 1990 Targa days. 


In celebration of the classic Targa configuration, first launched in 1965 with the iconic polished metal ‘Targa hoop,’ the restored version 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 colouring. Dickinson notes that any Porsche 911 Targa now being modified by Singer also shares in a bit of whimsical ‘insider’ neurosis as a special Singer touch - rendering the Targa hoop with only two air filtering louvers rather than three louvres - a little touch that's slightly different from the 1965 Targa, and as Dickinson points out, “one thing not noticed by many, but noticed by few.”


“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.”




1994 Porsche 911 – ‘Minnesota’


Showcasing an elegant exterior ‘touring’ inspired look, the ‘Minnesota’ coupe began as a 1994 air-cooled Porsche 911 (also known as a ‘964’), and now revels in its own Gunmetal Gray exterior and Tobacco Brown interior, which includes full leather interior panels and sport seats that are fashioned in a suede mix weave with brass grommets. Already boasting a 3.8-litre Cosworth engine that reaches 350hp; a six-speed gearbox; and a roll-bar in back – Minnesota’s owner did add a few specialised distinctions – like customising the gauges with a blue tachometer, rather than the usual Singer orange. 


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 customises existing Porsche automobiles for its customers. Singer's bespoke services are provided solely by Singer.


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


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