Singer 911 “Malibu” – Reimagined Porsche for private sale with RM Sotheby’s
Singer reimagined a 911 Porsche into the stunning “Malibu” back in 2016 and No. 71 is now on private sale through RM Sotheby’s
Arguably the world’s most beloved sports car, the Porsche 911 has endured over 50 years of production with eight distinct generations and over one million cars produced. Capable of everything from tackling the daily commute to running errands, spirited Sunday drives, or taking victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Porschephiles would argue that there is no challenge that a 911 cannot best. It is an icon of automotive design and engineering and has consistently been the industry standard of performance. Over the years, countless 911s have been modified and upgraded by their enthusiast owners and aftermarket tuners to create their vision of the perfect 911, but perhaps no company has come as close to perfection as Singer Vehicle Design.
Founded in Los Angeles in 2009 by Rob Dickinson, a die-hard 911 enthusiast and former lead singer for the rock band Catherine Wheel, Singer sought to create the ultimate air-cooled 911. Starting with a 964-generation car and combining the greatest aspects of the 911 from across all eras, Singer painstakingly “reimagines” the car to craft the equivalent of a “greatest hits” album of Porsche’s most iconic model.
Perhaps Singer themselves say it best, in that they aim to achieve a 911 with “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 jewellike car.”
Owners are given the choice between either a coupe or Targa body style, rear- or four-wheel-drive drivetrain, and a 3.6-, 3.8-, or 4.0-liter engine. The 911s are completely disassembled and taken back to bare metal, with carbon-fiber panels replacing the original, including the front and rear fenders, bumpers, bonnet, and engine decklid. From there, the sky is the limit when it comes to customization. Each Singer-built 911 is a bespoke creation, tailored to the taste of its owner, with no two cars alike.
Dubbed the “Malibu” by Singer, this Porsche 911 boasts a beautiful and well-thought-out specification. At its heart lies Singer’s ultimate, unrestricted 4.0-liter flat six-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The 4.0-liter engine produces 390 bhp at a redline of 7,200 rpm and 315 foot-pounds of torque. Built by Ed Pink Racing Engines, retaining the 964 block, it utilizes numerous bespoke internal components, including pistons, cylinders and cylinder heads, crankshaft, cams, connecting rods, oil pump, throttle bodies, and intake systems. According to Singer, those cars equipped with the 4.0-liter can sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in less than 3.3 seconds, leading to 100 mph in just 8.2 seconds.
The Malibu is finished in breathtaking Mintarrini, complemented by Fuchs-style wheels over red brake calipers. Singer’s larger-size steel Brembo brakes are fitted, along with an Öhlins adjustable suspension. Importantly, the car also features the optional exposed center-fill fuel cap and oil filler, an homage to the 1972 911s. Importantly, the car is also fitted with a lightweight carbon-fiber roof.
Inside, both driver and passenger enjoy the optional four-way Recaro Sport seats trimmed in Tan leather with Alabaster stitching beneath the Ivory headliner. Furthermore, the transmission tunnel and the interior doorsills are finished to match the exterior color. The 911 is also outfitted with air-conditioning, upgraded Becker stereo with iPod connect, and subwoofer. It presently shows only 1,400 miles on its odometer since its rebuild by Singer in 2016.
Today Singer has reimagined more than 100 cars, and it speaks to the company’s attention to detail, philosophy, and the overall quality that so few examples become available on the secondhand market. These are treasured Porsches that are often driven, enjoyed, and kept by the individuals lucky enough to commission them new.
Chassis No. WP0AB2964MS410585
Serial No. 71
Engine No. 62M51482
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Photography by Mo Satarzadeh for RM Sotheby’s