RIDES: ‘Nickel-Plate’ Porsche Targa Debuts at Monterey Car Week

Aug 13, 2015

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Southern California-based Singer Vehicle Design (SVD) will demonstrate at the 2015 Monterey Car Week why exactly it believes the Porsche 911 is the finest air-cooled vehicle ever produced.

SVD will highlight two of its most current customer restorations that blend tradition with modernity within a Porsche 964 chassis-each boasting an all-new 4.0-liter, dix-speed, 390 horse power engine-developed exclusively for Singer’s customers by Ed Pink Racing Engines (EPRE).

With displays at the Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center on Aug. 12, and on Friday (Aug. 14) at The Quail, a motorsports gathering at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club, attendees can view the first U.S. customer-owned Targa restoration by Singer, along with the first Singer-optimized 911 coupe.

“We look forward to joining the ranks of the very best during this special week on the Monterey Peninsula,” said Rob Dickinson, founder of SVD. “We’ve been fortunate enough to develop a reputation that Singer stands for something very special, and having the opportunity to share our abilities within this equally special arena reinforces our entree within the classic car spectrum.”

964 Targa Model

Responding to customer demand, SVD has been challenged to perform its services on a new canvas, the Targa. The “Cupertino” car, referred to for its final destination following the Monterey Car Week, is the first Targa that a U.S. client has presented to SVD to restore and reimagine, celebrating the classic Targa configuration launched in 1965 with the iconic polished metal “Targa Hoop.” The ride was rendered in SVD’s own nickel-plate, which is a special recipe created by Dickinson and adds a warm golden hue to the nickel coloring.

This particular Targa was restored with both a collapsible soft roof and a one-piece carbon fiber top. The exterior color is Casablanca Beige-reminiscent of the early 1980’s 930 turbo color-and the interior is fashioned in a Tobacco Brown leather weave with grommets, including sports seats and folding rear seats.

The highly specialized vehicle has Ohlins suspension, Fuchs-style wheels with a white nickel finish on the barrels with closed lug nuts, and black painted wheel centers.

Dickinson also notes a special SVD touch: the Targa hoop with only two air filtering louvers rather than three.

An SVD First

The customer-owned Battleship Gray Porsche 911 coupe, recently restored by SVD, is an example of lightweight construction with comfort, durability and high performance stemming from a 4.0-liter Ed Pink Racing Engine-developed engine, according to SVD.

With a Saddle Tan leather weave and grommets on the one-piece track seats, this car includes a harness bar and roll hoop for track performance, as well as utilization as a daily driver. Special features include the six-speed transmission, an integrated roll bar, Ohlins suspension system, external fuel and oil cap lids, track seats, a big brake package and stereo upgrade.

Composite Brake Package

Dickinson noted that the company also will highlight an entirely new composite brake package-manufactured exclusively for SVD by WP Pro-containing specially formulated low-dust brake pads by Pagid. The overall system contains a front 322mm x 32mm carbon ceramic rotor with hard anodized aluminum hat, and rear 295mm x 28mm carbon ceramic rotor with hard anodized aluminum hat.

Each customer vehicle restored by SVD is reborn out of a collaborative effort between the customer and SVD, according to the company. SVD restores, tunes, modifies and customizes existing Porsche automobiles. With limited availability and an eight to 10 month restoration cycle, vehicles have more recently been commissioned by Porsche owners in Hong Kong, Moscow, Canada, England, Germany, New Zealand, Norway and the U.K.