UPDATE: An earlier version of this article indicated that Singer was ending production of the 911 Classic study, which was incorrect. A company spokesperson clarified that those vehicles are still very much being assembled by Singer, though the order books for the Classic have been closed for now.
If there's any company that could restore classic Porsche 964s to perfection, Singer Vehicle Design would be the top choice. Unfortunately, you can't order one for the time being – or at least not the tastefully done reimagined Classic Porsche 911 beauties we've been dreaming about for over a decade.
In an interview with Top Gear, SVD head honcho Rob Dickinson has confirmed that it has already stopped taking orders for the Classic Porsche 911. It has been 12 years since Singer started making one, but this doesn't mean goodbye for the Los Angeles-based company. In fact, the company's moving on to an even greater project.
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According to Dickinson, they capped the production to just "about 450" units, though the CEO admits there's no master plan. That number wasn't planned when he started the company over a decade ago and as he pointed out, it wasn't also because there has been a shortage of Porsche 964 that needs reimagining.
"There are tens of thousands of 964s! And there’s plenty of ratty ones which we don’t feel too bad about reimagining," Dickinson told Top Gear.
The former Catherine Wheel frontman and guitarist pointed out that capping off production of the Classic Porsche 911 will maintain the value of the ones they made.
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"We’re just trying to be respectful to the guys that are buying the cars. We want to maintain the values of the cars if they change hands afterwards of course, which I think has more to do with the perception of Singer as a 'brand' over and above the quality of the cars," Dickinson said in the Top Gear interview.
Of note, the Singer Classic Study is powered by a variety of naturally aspirated flat-six engines. Customers have long been able to spec either a 3.8-liter or a 4.0-liter unit built by Ed Pink Racing Engines – a legend in the Southern California P-car scene. Singer also recently announced that customers could also opt for a 4.0-liter flat-six provided by Porsche Motorsport North America, but assembled to specific parameters unique to the Classic Study.
After the Classic Porsche 911, Singer is moving on to building the Singer Turbo. It's unclear whether the turbocharged versions will still be supplied by Porsche, but one thing's for sure – the fine-tuning process of the Singer Turbo Study will commence soon.