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Singer Vehicle Design Collaborates With Richard Tuthill On ACS Rally Porsche 964

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Singer Vehicle Design and rally specialist Richard Tuthill have joined forces to create two exceptional ACS rally Type 964 Porsche 911’s at the request of a client.
Singer Porsche ACS Rally Front Side Driving
A collaboration between Singer Vehicle Design and Richard Tuthill. Credit: Singer Vehicle Design

Californian-based Singer Vehicle Design is known for some of the most unique and tasteful Porsche re-mods, and their latest ACS rally-style Porsche restorations created at the request of a long-term client are no different.

Singer Porsche ACS Side View Jump
The Singer ACS in motion. Credit: Singer Vehicle Design

Partnering with UK based off-road competition specialist Richard Tuthill who has been rallying for decades and most recently won the 5000km 2019 East African Safari classic, Singer looked to the golden era of the 1980’s rally racing for inspiration to create their first-ever “motorsport-specification” restoration on a client’s 1990’s Type 964 Porsche 911s.

Led by Singer’s Design Office in California, a unique “All-terrain Competition Study” was undertaken as a collaboration between Singer Vehicle Design and Tuthill Porsche to ensure the client’s modified vehicles would be able capable of competing in off-road racing as well being able to demonstrate extensive all-terrain exploration capabilities.

Singer Porsche ACS Rally Front Side Beach
The result of the All-terrain Competition Study. Credit: Singer Vehicle Design

With assembly of the vehicles occurring at Tuthill’s UK facility in Oxfordshire, the result was two different vehicles – the “Parallax White” version, which focuses on high-speed desert rallying, and the “Corsica Red” version, which has been configured for high-speed, high-grip tarmac events.

“So much of what we’ve done for the last decade has been inspired by Porsche’s competition success and the All-terrain Competition Study provides us the opportunity to showcase that idea literally and vividly,” shared Rob Dickinson, Founder and Executive Chairman of Singer Group.

Singer Porsche ACS Beach Driving 1
Singer Porsche ACS Beach Driving 2
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“We at Singer are motorsport nerds in our hearts and demonstrating our understanding of the discipline required our off-road vision to display deeply legitimate competition credentials from the structural engineering, to the bodywork ethos, to the mechanical package. We’ve taken particular inspiration from the iconic Rothmans-sponsored 911 SC/RSs and 959s that conquered events like the Qatar International Rally and Paris-Dakar in the mid-‘80s and, at the request of our client, have reimagined these all-terrain 911’s in their honor while utilizing fresh perspectives and state of the art know-how.

Singer Porsche ACS Beach Rear
Inspired by the Rothman sponsored 911 SC/RSs and 959’s. Credit: Singer Vehicle Design

As is our habit, we chose to tackle our subject thoroughly, and we are proud to have found the best in the world -always our ambition –to help us reach our goals. Like Williams Advanced Engineering before them with the Dynamics & Lightweighting Study, Richard Tuthill and his incredible team have allowed us to bring our vision for the All-terrain Competition Study to life in the most spectacular way. We feel confident this machine can appeal to off-roading enthusiasm of all kinds, whether it be in the pursuit of professional competition at the highest level of adventure and exploration. ACS advances Singer’s capabilities in forced-induction, all-wheel-drive, off-road ability and dynamic response -all of which will support our ongoing mission. This pursuit of focused competition studies is something you will see more of from us in the future.”

Singer Porsche ACS Interior Side
Racing interior of the Singer Porsche ACS design. Credit: Singer Vehicle Design

Both Singer Vehicle resto-mods have dramatically increased the ride height, suspension travel, and overall strength. Carbon fiber body paneling has also been incorporated to ensure quick replacement can be achieved under rallying conditions, and the addition of a long-range fuel tank, an FIA approved roll cage, and two full-sized spare wheels guarantee’s the rally-specific vehicle means serious business.

Singer Porsche ACS Rally Editions
Singer Porsche ACS Editions: Corsica Red (Tarmac) and Parallax White (Rally). Credit: Singer Vehicle Design

In terms of engine power, the Singer Vehicle ACS Porsche 911 features a twin-turbo 3.6-liter “Mezger” engine capable of producing 450hp and 420lb-ft torque and combines with a flat-shifting five-speed sequential gearbox.

Singer Porsche ACS Tarmac Rear
The tarmac edition for high-speed, high-grip tarmac events. Credit: Singer Vehicle Design

While most of Singer Vehicles restoration’s are one-off designs, the commissioning owner of the two ACS restorations has kindly agreed to share the results of the “All-terrain Competition Study” with other clients who would like a Singer off-road design of their own.

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Carroll Shelby’s 1965 427 Cobra Sold for $5.94 Million at Auction

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Carroll Shelby’s own 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra has sold under the hammer for a massive $5.94 million at the Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Florida
Carroll Shelby's 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster at auction. Credit: Mecum Auctions
Carroll Shelby’s 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster at auction. Credit: Mecum Auctions

It’s not every day you get to drive home a piece of automotive history, but that’s precisely what the new owner of Carroll Shelby’s own 427 Cobra Roadster would be doing as he sat in the same seat that the legendary automaker had occupied for over 40 years.

Sold for $5.94 million on the auction floor. Credit: Mecum Auctions
Sold for $5.94 million on the auction floor. Credit: Mecum Auctions

Listed by Mecum Auctions as one of their “Main Attractions,” Carroll Shelby’s personal 427 Cobra was sure to attract attention on the auction floor, and it didn’t fail to disappoint with the hammer eventually falling at US$5.94 million.

Dan Gurney and Carroll Shelby with his 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster. Credit: Mecum Auctions
Dan Gurney and Carroll Shelby with his 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster. Credit: Mecum Auctions

Owned by Carroll Shelby from its final construction in March 1966 until his passing in May 2012, Shelby’s personal 427 Cobra bore the serial number CSX3178 and was one of only five 427 Cobra’s to be originally finished in Charcoal Gray.

Carroll Shelby 1965 427 Cobra Roadster Front Side
Restored to its original 1965 specifications. Credit: Mecum Auctions

Initially purchased for $6,088 ($6273 including freight) in 1966, Mecum Auctions noted the vehicle arrived at Shelby’s LAX facility with a black interior and without an engine and transmission (standard procedure). On January 9, 1966, a work order was raised to “Build 427 Street Cobra CSX3178” before it was shipped to Carroll Shelby in Dallas on March 3, 1966.

Carroll Shelby 1965 427 Cobra Roadster Side View
Initally purchased for $6,088 in 1966. Credit: Mecum Auctions

A few years later, in 1972, Carroll Shelby’s friend and renowned Cobra specialist Mike McCluskey repainted Shelby’s 427 in Guardsman Blue and finished it with a gold nose). Shelby later had a more powerful aluminum-head 427 side-oiler engine with automatic transmission installed.

By 2002 Carroll Shelby was ready for another chance, and the 427 Cobra Roadster was given a fresh coat of paint in Red by the home crew at Shelby American in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Carroll Shelby 1965 427 Cobra Roadster Front View
The restoration by Legendary Motor Company took over 3000 hours. Credit: Mecum Auctions

Bought from Shelby’s estate in 2016, the Shelby 427 Cobra underwent a complete Concours restoration by Cobra restorers Legendary Motor Company and was returned to its 1965 Charcoal Gray color and its original 427 configuration with a 4-speed.

Carroll Shelby 1965 427 Cobra Roadster Rear View
Sold for $5.4 million at Mecum Auctions in Kissimmee, Florida. Credit: Mecum Auctions

The restorations took over 3,000 hours and were completed in 2019 under the watchful eye of Peter Klutt.

While this Shelby 427 Cobra is undoubtedly one of the most famous classic cars, it still didn’t beat the first-ever 427 Cobra’s sale price (chassis CSX2000), which sold for $13.75 million in 2016.

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Bentley Announces Andreas Mindt as New Director of Design

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Bentley has announced Audi’s former Head of Design Andreas Mindt will be joining the British based luxury automaker as the new Director of Design.
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Andreas Mindt during his time at Audi. Credit: Audi

British based Bentley has announced Audi’s former Head of Exterior Design Andreas Mindt will be taking on the role of Bentley’s new Director of Design as of March 2021.

Succeeding Stefan Sielaff, who is departing to pursue other opportunities outside the Volkswagen Audi Group, Mindt will be moving from Audi, where he was responsible for the exterior design and launch of models like the E-Tron and Audi’s Q8 SUV during his six-year tenure, to Bentley where his priority will be to evolve the brand’s electric future.

Bentley Motors has already clearly outlined their Bentley100 mission to achieve full electrification of all their vehicles by 2030, which they will be hoping to accomplish with Mindt leading a team of approximately 50 design experts at Bentley’s UK headquarters in Crewe.

“Bentley is a jewel within the Volkswagen Group,” shared Andreas Mindt. “Designing a car, and a future, is always a process based on the performance of many, not one, and so I look forward to working with my colleagues to help define the next phase for Bentley, into an electrified future.”

Bentley Director of Design Andreas Mindt
Andreas Mindt will become Bentley’s new Director of Design as of March 2021. Credit: Bentley Motors

Before his time with Audi, Mindt spent over 15 years as a crucial part of the design department at the Volkswagen Group headquarters in Wolfsburg, where he worked on leading projects for several Group brands and even had an early experience with Bentley back in 1999 designing the exterior of the iconic Bentley Hunaudières showcar.

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Ares Design Reveals New Porsche 911 964 Turbo Restomod

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Luxury coachbuilder ARES Design Modena has revealed their latest project – a one-off restomod based on the Porsche 911 964 Turbo.
Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES Restomod
The one-off Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES restomod. Credit: ARES Design Modena

Coming off the back of a big year that saw ARES Design Modena release their first-ever wholly designed supercars (the S1 Project and S1 Project Spyder), ARES has started 2021 strong with the reveal of a new one-off restomod project based on the Porsche 911 964 Turbo.

Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES Side View
A new modified ducktail spoiler and Fuchs-inspired wheels offer a retro feel. Credit: ARES Design Modena

Launched in 1991, the Porsche 964 Turbo took some time to fans over (thanks in part to the 930 that bore the Turbo badge before it) but eventually found a place in the hearts of enthusiasts largely thanks to the unmissable whale-tail spoiler.

Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES Front View
Based on the 1991 Porsche 911 964 Turbo. Credit: ARES Design Modena

For this one-off design project, ARES Design Modena has refined the exterior of the 911 964 Turbo by modifying the ducktail spoiler and added new Fuchs-inspired alloy wheels (made famous by the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 of the 1970s) for a retro feel. Meanwhile, under the hood, the Italian luxury coachbuilder has modified the 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engine with a more powerful turbine and intercooler to produce an upgraded 425Hp.

Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES Rear View
Featuring a modified 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engine. Credit ARES Design Modena

Inside, the cabin has been refitted with new leather and tartan houndstooth upholstery (inspired by historic Porsche race cars) along with new gauges and a PCCM infotainment system specially designed for classic Porsches.

As a one-off project, no price has been released for the Porsche 911 964 by ARES, but interested Porsche owners are welcome to contact ARES Design Modena for their own custom restomod quote.

Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES interior
Historic racing Porsche inspired Houndstooth interior. Credit: ARES Design Modena
Porsche 911 964 Turbo by ARES Fuch-inspired Wheel
Fuchs-inspired alloy wheels. Credit: ARES Design Modena

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