“The Big Sur”
Singer Vehicle Design has been a popular name among Porsche purists and car enthusiasts. It is well known for restoring or resto-modding old Porsches back to their factory condition without compromise in any aspect - improving upon the components, bringing it up to speed with modern times, and keeping the original chassis of the old car.
The Big Sur is the newest iteration from the company - resto modding a retrospect Porsche 930 911, adding extra bits to make the old Porsche experience quite enjoyable by challenging its stigma of breaking down from age and making it the ultimate driver's Porsche.
The Big Sur is the latest tribute to the 911 930 with a 450 Horsepower 4.0-litre air-cooled flat six-boxer engine paired with a 5-speed gated manual. The car is RWD like the 930 was, and most things that are done to the car were meant to make the car more athletic, with driver comfort and ease of operation in mind.
The exterior sports an iconic horizon blue colourway which also runs through the interior with Singer cognac stripes, also running down the middle of the exterior of the car. Behind the extended flares, the car also has iconic Singer upgraded original design 930 wheels, wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport tires.
The interior of the car received the most prominent update. The whole interior is wrapped around leather with the special Singer Cognac colourway, the bucket seats are made by Recaro, which are also four-way power-adjustable; inside a 930 911, a car originally from the 70s. The layout of the dash has been kept fairly similar to the original model, except for the steering wheel, which has been modernised and wrapped around in leather. The gated manual gear lever has been redesigned and moved behind to make shifting more comfortable.
Although the Big Sur has modernised updated peripherals, everything comes for a price. Starting with a hefty tag of over US$ 475,000, it is definitely not easy to get one's hands on one of the limited-run Big Sur's that will come out. Overall, Singer Vehicle Design Porsches retain a great stigma of heritage and remain one of the most desirable cars both from purists and car enthusiasts in general.