No one likes to let a once-great thing go to waste and this is especially true for cars. With advancing technology and computer-aided design, even supercars lack character and get outdated with alarming alacrity. At the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on March 11 though, there were a few old friends that came back with a brand new sheen: reimagined Porsches by Singer, and a restored Miura by Lamborghini.
Singer, from southern California, is renowned for restoring and reimagining Porsches with an obsessive attention to detail. At Amelia Island, they unveiled the North Carolina and Florida – two of their newest commissions, and, among the very, very few of Singer’s 40+ commissions to date to head to US homes. Prices start at a not inconsiderable $500,000 for Singer’s services but they are in such huge demand within the global Porsche collecting community that, at any one time, there is a six-month waiting list.
Both cars were 1990s Porsche 911s restored with carbon fiber exteriors and bespoke interiors. The Florida Car was finished in unique Hemingway Blue paint while the North Carolina Car is the first Singer recreation to boast clean sides – i.e. no striping or decals – as well as a more potent 4-liter flat-six engine.
“We began in 2008 with a vision to offer aficionados the opportunity to re-imagine their 911 without compromise,” said company founder Rob Dickinson. “And now, with more than 40 commissions completed, and a significant global following, we’ve expanded our promise to remain obsessive in the details and keep striving for more innovations along the way.”
Lamborghini’s restored Miura was unveiled as a part of the car’s 50th anniversary. The Miura debuted in 1966 and in doing so created the concept of the modern-day supercar, but the true peak of the model was when the Miura SV (Super Veloce) was shown at 1971’s Geneva Motor Show. The car on show will be the very model that wowed the crowds in Switzerland some 45 years ago.
“This is a very important car,” said Enrico Maffeo, Head of PoloStorico Lamborghini, the company entrusted with the car’s complete restoration. “We are delighted to be able, with the consent of the owner, to show this car for the first time in its perfectly restored state, at the important Amelia Island event.”
These two callbacks to old times make the case for not giving up the classics. Nostalgic collectors will always find inventive ways to bring the past roaring back to life.