Singer will no longer build standard, naturally aspirated reimagined 911s, Top Gear confirmed with founder Rob Dickinson on Wednesday. Instead, the firm will focus on fulfilling its orders for the newly introduced Turbo reimagining.
“We’ve actually stopped taking orders for ‘Classic’,” Dickinson told Top Gear. “We’ve capped it to about 450 [cars]. We’ve got a lot of Turbos to build. I’d love to say there’s a masterplan… there isn’t really a masterplan. There wasn’t a master plan 12 years ago when we started, we’re kind of making it up as we go along.”
Dickinson told Top Gear the firm didn’t pause production of its core model because the world was running out of 964s to transform—in fact, it’s the opposite. “There are tens of thousands of 964s,” Dickinson said. “And there’s plenty of ratty ones which we don’t feel too bad about reimagining.”
Instead, Singer decided it was best to cap production at 450 cars to help preserve values for the examples that already exist. “We’re just trying to be respectful to the guys that are buying the cars,” Dickinson said. “We want to maintain the values of the cars if they change hands afterwards of course, which I think has more to do with the perception of Singer as a ‘brand’ over and above the quality of the cars.”
And what of the Singer and Williams Dynamic and Lightweighting Study? Dickinson didn’t say whether that car will remain available, but did mention the powertrain. “I think we’ve taken it as far as we can go,” Dickinson told Top Gear. “Our attempt with the Dynamics and Lightweighting Study (DLS) was to build the most extravagantly wonderful engine that anyone’s ever seen. I don’t know whether we have or not.”
A Singer representative confirmed to Road&Track via email that all 75 examples of the DLS have been sold. So from here on out, it’s Turbo only.
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