Earlier this week I had to the opportunity to nose around the premises of a well-respected Porsche specialist. Amongst the immaculate metal in the pristine showroom and a few lightly modified track cars in the main workshop, there was one neinelfer that caught my eye. Covered in vast swathes of blue cellophane to protect the freshly sprayed, classically hued paint, the car sans interior, windows, and doors sat tucked away in a separate room around the back, hidden from the prying eyes of the general public. The proportions immediately suggested this was a Porsche Carrera of some ilk, yet on closer inspection, a pair of classic, chromed horn grills coupled with a long-nose hood along with a set of the ubiquitous Fuchs-style wheels started alarm bells ringing. You see, over the past year or two the fashion for backdating a 3. PS AutoArt one of the originators of this bespoke style and Singer arguably the masters of the art have been a huge driving factor behind this trend, expertly mixing classic visuals and driving experience, with modern usability and comfort, all wrapped up in a superbly tailored, unique package.
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The to Porsche is known internally as the generation, and they are a sweet spot in the model's history by retaining a classic look but still being relatively modern. These are the models that Singer Vehicle Design uses as the starting point for its restorations, and one of these coupes is the basis for DP Motorsport's latest creation. The company calls the vintage-looking coupe The Speedy Irishman because of its Irish Green exterior color. Touches like the vents below the headlights, metallic mirrors, and a revised engine cover backdate the car's appearance to look more like a model from the early s than the early '90s.
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You could be forgiven for thinking the trend towards so called retro-moderns is something new, a recent phenomenon brought about by a groundswell of enthusiasm for classic cars coupled with a desire to use them like a modern car. But surely the biggest exponent of the retro-modern philosophy and perhaps the most suitable is the Porsche While California-based Singer grab many of the headlines they are, undeniably, stunning objects , Paul Stephens in the UK will happily build you something equally stunning via his PS AutoArt division , with Autofarm and Retroworks getting in on the game too. Although it may seem to be a modern trend Singer was formed in , there is a little known company in the countryside west of Frankfurt who first imagined the concept and completed a car in Emmerling decided he had to try one as soon as possible, and the subsequent drive left a big impression on him.