Singer Vehicle Design's 300th Restomod Is This Achingly Beautiful 1990 Porsche 911 Targa

Singer Vehicle Design's 300th Restomod (1990 Porsche 911 Targa "Sotto") 6 photos
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Singer Vehicle Design's 300th Restomod (1990 Porsche 911 Targa "Sotto")Singer Vehicle Design's 300th Restomod (1990 Porsche 911 Targa "Sotto")Singer Vehicle Design's 300th Restomod (1990 Porsche 911 Targa "Sotto")Singer Vehicle Design's 300th Restomod (1990 Porsche 911 Targa "Sotto")Singer Vehicle Design's 300th Restomod (1990 Porsche 911 Targa "Sotto")
Not to be confused with the sewing machine manufacturer or the British motor vehicle manufacturer, Singer is a Los Angeles-based firm that specializes in 964-gen 911 restomods. Founded in 2009, the company is called Singer Vehicle Design after German automotive engineer Norbert Singer, a gentleman who played a vital role in Porsche's dominance at the 24 Heures du Mans.
Singer has recently unveiled its 300th restomod in the form of a carbon-bodied 1990 Porsche 911 Targa, which can only be described as insanely gorgeous. Finished in Resistance Blue with ghosted stripes on the sides, the air-cooled masterpiece also rocks carbon-fiber track seats with nickel grommets, orange leather upholstery with black stitching, and a sports exhaust made of titanium.

As opposed to stainless steel, titanium dissipates heat much quicker. It's also significantly lighter than steel. Because of their high thrust-to-weight ratio, titanium alloys are widely used by the aircraft industry. The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird comes to mind, which – according to SR-71 pilot Colonel Rich Graham – is 92% titanium inside and out.

Turning our attention back to the Neunelfer, the rear-engined sports car was commissioned with Fuchs-inspired wheels and orange-painted brake calipers. Zooming in on said calipers also reveals massive carbon-ceramic rotors. Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber can be seen at every corner, which is a very inspired choice for a vehicle that will be driven on public roads rather than on the circuit.

Lovingly dubbed Sotto by its owner, this 964 isn't powered by the original 3.6-liter engine, but a Singer-Williams-Mezger sixer with a displacement of 4.0 liters. Aluminum throttle bodies, four valves per cylinder, titanium connecting rods, and dual oil circuits make it a different animal from the standard motor.

Singer Vehicle Design's 300th Restomod \(1990 Porsche 911 Targa "Sotto"\)
Photo: Singer Vehicle Design
The 3.6 was originally rated at 247 ponies and 229 pound-feet (310 Nm) of twist. Singer didn't say how much power the 4.0-liter unit produces in the Sotto, but it's more than safe to assume that we're dealing with at least 390 horsepower and 315 pound-feet (427 Nm) of torque.

Said engine is capable of up to 9,000 revolutions per minute, which is 992-gen GT3 RS territory. In stark contrast to the PDK-only Rennsport model, the Sotto is equipped with a good ol' manual box.

A superb automobile in every respect, Singer's 300th restomod is – obviously enough – RWD. The German automaker introduced all-wheel drive to the 911 with the 964, with the first units produced in 1989. The Carrera 2 followed suit in 1990. The 964 is also remembered for introducing the Tiptronic automatic transmission, a four-speed unit that adds 30 kilos (66 pounds) over the manual.

Regarding the Sotto's price, bear in mind that Singers can retail at more than $2 million. The company didn't offer any pricing information whatsoever in regard to the Sotto, but given the attention to detail and the high-quality parts that went into this build, half a million freedom eagles may be the most conservative of guesstimates.

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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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