Notably missing in today's automotive landscape is Porsche's air-cooled 911, last made in 1998. At the sight of a tastefully modified vintage 911, our hearts beat quicker—much like they did when we laid eyes on this one: the Singer 911.
Singer Vehicle Design's creator is Rob Dickinson, former lead singer for British rock band Catherine Wheel. The project started in 2008 when Dickinson hot-rodded his own 1969 911, which generated enough interest around Hollywood to encourage him to set up shop there. To date, five unique cars have been built with the entry price of $190,000. The cars start life as 1990–1994 964 models, retaining their Porsche VINs, making registration easy. Singer's team of five craftsmen strip the 964 to bare metal before building it, as ordered, using Cosworth engines (300–425 bhp, depending on preference) and Aria Group carbon-fiber body panels.
With a focus on building each car to perfection, Dickinson said production would be limited to 5–10 cars a year, but early demand has him thinking about the future. Who wouldn't want a screaming Cosworth-built, air-cooled flat-6 powering their personalized 911 that looks like something Steve McQueen owned? But this isn't purely vintage; those are 17-in. wheels over Brembo brakes. I'll take mine with a Recaro seat, rollcage, carbon-fiber roof and painted Black Metallic.