California-based Singer Vehicle Design creates some of the most desirable vehicles available today with its Porsche 911 conversions.
Thousands of hours of work and many tens of thousands of dollars of materials go into each car to create a vehicle as near to perfection as a 911 can get. And naturally, any car with that level of craftsmanship is likely to attract Jay Leno, who this week opens the doors to his garage for the ultimate classic 911 conversion.
You'll first spot the car's iconic color scheme, heavily influenced by the Gulf racing colors. That means an immaculate baby blue exterior with a set of orange Fuchs wheels, as well as orange-brown detailing on the car's hand-crafted interior and under the hood, where Singer also offers a fitted luggage set. The blue paintwork also covers one of the Singer Porsche's most unique elements, that of an almost entirely carbon-fiber body. Only the door skins remain steel, while the rest of the bodywork contributes to a 500-lb weight saving over the original car, an early 1990s 964-generation 911.
The 964 donates its engine too for a "matching numbers" car, though Singer uses lightweight components and a 911 GT3 intake system to liberate an extra 100 horsepower over the original 250. Depending on the engine the buyer chooses it's even smog-compliant, though the company is seeking special dispensation from CARB for its more highly-tuned units. It certainly sounds great when Leno takes it out on the road, and with the lightweight body there's more than enough performance for most.
Only the cost will be off-putting to most--around $350,000 and up--though it does maintain a certain level of exclusivity you just don't get with the average modern Porsche. And since Singer won't sell individual components to buyers, you can be sure a Porsche wearing the Singer badge will be the real deal.