Recycled Hawtness: Classic Porsche 911 Resto-mod by Singer

“Wow” is not the kind of thing people usually get paid to write.  “Wow” is the kind of thing you say when you’re staring, slack-jawed, at someone or something that has snuck past all of your genteel civilities and highly educated vocabulary and triggered something planted in you by a billion years of evolution and natural selection.  “Wow” is the kind of thing a certain kind of person cannot help but say when faced with a screaming green vintage Porsche restored and renewed to the nth degree.  Just – wow.

The finished car, by California-based Singer Designs, is the kind of thing car guys talk about building when they’ve had too much to drink or just turned 30 (or 40, or 50 – you get the idea).  It’s based on an early 70’s Porsche 911, not unlike the ’71 911T that lurked in my family’s garage while I was a kid growing up, but unlike it in almost every way … and when you see the before, well –

– yeah.  The “after” is almost beyond imagining when you see that.

The point of this post, however, is not to listen to a wordy car-guy grunt and drool over a classic, air-cooled 911.  Sure, that’s gonna happen – but the real goal is to drive a point home:  you can go green and still have a lustworthy ride – be it a Jeep, a classic Porsche, or an Airstream trailer.  The greenest car is the one that’s already built.  The greenest oil is the oil that’s already been drilled.  Etc.  Etc.  Ad nauseam.

I want to keep pushing the point, though – especially in the faces of those who buy a new sportscar every spring or lease a new Prius or Insight ever 24 months.  There are literally millions of old cars out there that can be retrofitted with modern emissions equipment, modern flex-fuel technology, modern amenities, modern safety and performance hardware, and which – it must be said – will ooze class, style, and sex in ways that many modern “jellybean” cars and over-styled “supercars” simply cannot match.

That’s my opinion, of course – but which would you rather rock?  A relatively generic “you’ll see 3 on the way to the mall” 996 or 997 Porsche, or one of these resto-mods (restoration/modification) by Singer?  A new “slide-out” shoebox-lookin’ RV, or Matt Hoffman’s streamliner?  A faithfully restored and renewed 50+ mpg Honda CRX HF, or the new 40 mpg (ish) 2011 CR-Z?  What would a mid-80s CRX even look like if you spent the CR-Z’s $19345 base price to renew and restore it?  What would that CRX look like if you spent half that amount?  More importantly, perhaps:  which would you rather have?

I know what my answer would be.

Check out the gallery, below, and see if you’d rather have the Singer or an over-priced and plasticized P-car “fresh” off the showroom floor.  If it helps you decide, know that the Singer uses the same modern materials – like carbon fiber throughout the car to reduce weight and improve performance, as well as a restored 3.8L Porsche 6-cylinder engine tuned to nearly 400 hp, as well as specially-machined mirrors, filler caps, instruments, headlight bezels, and a hundred other lovingly pored-over details … that new Porsche?  Most of that stuff is from an entry-spec. Audi, and it ain’t impressin’ nobody.

SourceSinger Designs.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.