What a gorgeous machine.
Singer Vehicle Design may have once been a small outfit operating out of a tiny workshop in California, but despite getting so big and so important to the enthusiast community that Porsche will build its engines, the company has remained obsessive about the details. Every single car it produces, whether it be an experimental prototype or a bespoke commission based on a classic, is mesmerizingly beautiful. Its latest is no different. Named the Big Sur, it is once again based on a 930-generation Porsche 911 - the company has also taken a liking to the 964 - and comes with a gorgeous Horizon Blue paint job overlaid with Racing Orange stripes.
The Big Sur was revealed this week and features a 4.0-liter engine sending power to the rear wheels. Very few details have been revealed at this point, but the interior displays Recaro sports seats with four-way electrical adjustment, "trimmed in Cognac with leather weave seat centers, brass grommets, and piano black seatbacks."
The transmission tunnel and the interior door sills have been painted in the same Horizon Blue as the rest of the body, but the rear compartment is trimmed in leather while the frunk matches the cabin with Cognac leather and Alabaster stitching. The attention to detail really shines through when you notice that the brakes hiding behind those Fuchs-style wheels are painted in the same shade as the racing stripes. This hue complements the brown interior beautifully.
Singer has not yet revealed performance figures for the 4.0-liter motor, nor any further details on the build. However, we surmise that this engine is the one that Singer previously referred to as the "ultimate incarnation of the normally aspirated flat-six." If it is, then it produces 390 horsepower and 315 lb-ft of torque, channeled to the wheels via a five-speed Getrag manual gearbox.
Whatever the case, this commission reminds us of the iconic Gulf Oil livery that is still proving to be timeless decades on from its debut. You can be sure that this sort of thing wasn't cheap (definitely seven figures), but the trade-off is a car built to exacting specifications. What more could you want?