Porsche 911 Targa Reimagined by Singer Tops the Charts
The original Porsche 911 Targa, introduced in 1967, wasn’t the car Porsche necessarily wanted to build, but the one it thought it would have to build. You see, around that time the U.S. government was making noises about outlawing full-fledged convertibles (or at least ones without roll bars), and Porsche’s response was to equip its new open 911 with a structural “basket handle” and a choice of a wraparound glass or folding fabric-and-clear-plastic back window. Not everybody was or is a fan, but we happen to think it’s a cool design. So we’re pleased as punch that Singer Vehicle Design finally got around to reworking one.
As with all the coupes they’ve done, Rob Dickinson and the team at Singer started out with a 964-series 911 (the penultimate air-cooled generation of the archetypal Porsche), stripped it down to the bare shell, and rebuilt it with early-911-inspired bodywork featuring flared fenders, a “ducktail” rear spoiler and more. The basket handle also got backdated with brushed aluminum trim and stylized “targa” lettering. The cockpit also gets all the expected Singer touches, including fully-customized gauges, switchgear, seats, and door panels.
Of course, the really great thing about Porsche 911s Reimagined by Singer is that they go as great as they look, and this Targa is no exception. A Cosworth-rebuilt 3.8L air-cooled flat-six resides in the bum and pumps out about 350 horsepower, which should propel this German resto-mod to velocities that are almost high enough to get out of mobile phone signal range before your accountant can call and ask why in sweet h-e-double-hockey-stick you just dropped well over a quarter-million dollars on a 25-ish-year-old Porsche.