If you haven't had your daily dose of car porn, feast your eyes on this Porsche 911 Targa, faithfully brought back to its former glory by California-based restoration experts Singer. Aside from mundane details like the modified 4.0-liter flat-six engine outputting 390 horsepower and 315 pound-feet of torque, the revamped 911 from the 1960s is a near perfect balance of classic automotive qualities and modern engineering. With a body clad largely in carbon fiber, the featherweight Targa will be making its official debut June 25 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England.
Autoblog caught up with Singer to get the full scoop on the wonderfully restored 911.
Singer: This is the first time one of our clients has requested that we restore his Targa rather than his coupé and so we did.
It's basically a faithful rendition of the work that we do on the coupes. The Targa presents us with new challenges, but also an opportunity to add our jewelry to the car. Obviously, that iconic Targa hoop – that was rendered in stainless steel on the original 911s in '65 – we now render that in nickel, which is I guess part of our calling card, our signature. All the brightwork we do on the coupes is in nickel and we're following that principle with the Targas as well.
The other thing that's unique about the Targa is that, as well as the traditional collapsible Targa roof panel ... is the lift-up panel we've also done. We've introduced a second Targa top, which is made of carbon fiber... It's a beautifully executed carbon piece with a proper headlining in it and a proper convertible cloth covering and makes the car just look a little bit sharper.