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You know you’re shopping for a high-end ride when a $100,000 discount barely makes a dent in the bottom line. However, the owner of a 1991 Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer is hoping that discount is just enough to get the job done.
The highly modified, dark blue 964-generation Porsche, offered by Montreal’s Automobiles Etcetera (via Autotrader), is powered by a 4.0-liter flat-six engine and has only 595 kilometers (370 miles) on the clock. The car is being sold for $1,399,999—down from its original $1,499,999. Think that’s in in Canadian dollars? If so, then the price is a more “reasonable” $994,587.29 in U.S. currency.
Hefty prices and exchange rates aside, this is a rare opportunity for a special vehicle. A Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer doesn’t reach the open market often, but it does happen occasionally. A 1991 Porsche 911 that Singer modified sold for $857,500 at Gooding & Company’s 2019 Pebble Beach Auction, while a Singer-prepped 1993 Porsche 911 went for $825,000 at RM Sotheby’s Abu Dhabi event in November 2019.
“Porsche 911s Reimagined by Singer had been available to only a lucky few the past several years, but you needed to order one from Singer or get on its waiting list,” says John Wiley, Hagerty’s manager of valuation analytics. “Until those two were auctioned last year, Singer controlled the secondary market.”
These works of art are a far cry from your average restomod. Designers of reimagined vehicles of this caliber leave no stone unturned while creating their vision of what a spectacular vehicle should be—from the ground up.
Singer, founded by Rob Dickinson in 2009, combines aspects of 911s across all eras of air-cooled production. As the company says, it aims to create a 911 that incorporates “the delicacy of the ’63 original, the race-bred chic of the ’70s, the solidity of the ’80s, and the sophistication of the ’90s… reimagined in a singular jewel-like car.”
Owners are given the choice to start from a donor car coupe or Targa body styles, rear- or all-wheel-drive formats, and a 3.6-, 3.8-, or 4.0-liter engine. The cars are completely disassembled and returned to bare metal, with carbon-fiber panels replacing the originals, including the front and rear fenders, bumpers, bonnet, and engine decklid. Personal customization follows, so no two Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer creations are alike. The interior of this one, for example, features light brown leather and woven orange and blue fabric, with metal rivets on the seats.
Singer has reimagined more than 100 cars in the last 11 years and, although Wiley says the market for new limited-edition Porsches appears to be slowing, “the exclusivity and uniqueness of Singer’s offering has kept demand strong for these cars.”
A $100,000 discount doesn’t hurt, either. But for the chance at owning a 911 like no other, people are more than willing to shell out big bucks.