Carbon fiber bodywork on a 1990 PORSCHE 911 in dolphin gray.

Singer builds the world’s most perfect Porsche

In 2003, Rob Dickinson refit his 1969 911E in an effort to stand out in the legendary R Gruppe, the exclusive Porsche club dedicated to luxury super-cars. He followed it up with a series of rebuilds — an RSR, an RS, an S2 — that stopped traffic in LA, where industry honchos with a taste for rolling art would ask him if his rig was for sale. It wasn’t, but Dickinson could build another one just like it, if they were really interested. He turned that pent-up demand into Singer Vehicle Design.

Foreground: carbon fiber rear spoiler and engine cover on a 1991 PORSCHE 911 in yolk yellow. Background: 1990 PORSCHE 911 in fish silver.
Nickel-plated rear window surround and carbon fiber wing of a 1992 PORSCHE 911 in black.
Rear interior of a 1990 PORSCHE 911 with bone white leather-weave upholstery and brass grommets.

The machines he reimagines at Singer walk a fine line, mixing the delicate curves of an early 911 roadster with the track-ready brawn of a racing Porsche. It’s a sexy middle ground, and it doesn’t happen by chance. Dickinson has been obsessing over this balance for most of his adult life.

Testing the waters in 2009 at the Monterey Historics at Laguna Seca, he showed the world an air-cooled Porsche cranked up to eleven. It took a year and a half to build, but it proved that the technical specs and aesthetics Dickinson held so dear had resonance beyond his crew of gearheads.

Front interior of a 1992 PORSCHE 911 with custom brass-grommeted leather touring seats and leather-weave door panel in red.
Front luggage compartment of a 1992 PORSCHE 911 in perfect blue with custom aluminum fuel center-fill, quilted red aqua leather by Spinneybeck, and custom nickel-plated front headlamp surround.

The lucky few with pockets deep enough to have their Porsches transformed at Singer have some serious decisions to make. For Dickinson, who is also a musician and the former frontman of British rock band Catherine Wheel, the process is not unlike recording an album, though the attention to detail required is even more exacting. It takes up to eight months for the full transformation of every car, and more than 150 vendors and thirty-five craftsmen are involved. Taking stylistic cues from the 1964–1973 era, each customer’s vehicle is customized until it becomes, in Dickinson’s eyes, what a 911 should really be.

“We’re not redesigning. We’re celebrating all the wonderful details in Porsche history,” he says. If there is something that can be simplified, made faster or more beautiful, it gets tweaked. But nothing is touched just for the sake of touching. Dickinson is a fervent believer in form following function. But at $350,000 a pop and up, he’d be happy to provide you with both.

Top: 1990 PORSCHE 911 in Casablanca beige with RS-style wheels finished by Harvey Weidman and custom nickel-plated side mirror. Bottom: 1990 PORSCHE 911 in fish silver with external aluminum oil filler and leather-wrapped roll hoop.
Custom nickel-plated, drilled-aluminum hinge for carbon fiber engine cover and speed-activated rear spoiler.
1990 PORSCHE 911 in Namib yellow with bone white lettering, custom nickel-plated bumperettes and rear light cans, and ceramic exhaust system with polished tips.