Singer Porsche 911 DLS Features SMITHS Gauges

The headline on the Highsnobiety website simply says 'This $1.8 Million Vintage Porsche 911 DLS Is Perfection', which appears to be the same accurate and overriding opinion of car enthusiasts and critics.  The unveiling of this classically restored and enhanced Porsche 911 at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed raised the eyebrows of many of the visitors, followed by a satisfied sigh as the accelerator was squeezed and the engine uttered a deep and menacing roar.

Singer Vehicle Design is an American company that rebuilds and restores Porsche 911s.  The DLS (Dynamic and Lightweight Study) version is a client-inspired collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering and other key technical partners including Caerbont Automotive Instruments (CAI).

"Working with Singer to design and manufacture such unique and bespoke gauges was a real thrill," said Gavin Roberts, CAI's Managing Director.

Instruments Reflecting The Golden Age of the 1960s and 70s

Singer wanted the interior of the Porsche 911 DLS to honour the golden age of early car décor, originally seen in the 1960s and 70s.  There is also the opportunity for each owner to personalise the interior towards luxury or a sporting intent, or a combination of the two.

The final design of the gauges features classic light green markings on a black background, as commonly seen in many of the 911 series from the early 1970s.  There are five gauges in all including:

  • Fuel and Oil Level dual gauge
  • Oil Temperature, Oil Pressure and Cylinder Head Temperature three in one gauge
  • Tachometer; the centre piece of the display containing the indicator and shift lights and the high beam
  • Speedometer marked and recalibrated to 220 mph with OLED display
  • Warning Light module with ten individual lights and the provision of a recess for a timepiece

However, it is the centrally-located Tachometer that steals the show.  The bezel is coated in a thin layer of gold, as are the chaplet markings on the champagne anodised gauge face.  The Singer signature, also gold plated, sits above the needle.  The instrument looks like a work of art.

"Assembling the tachometer was very challenging," explained Gavin.  "We worked with Bernd Kussmaul to develop a technique to apply the gold coating and then had to change our manufacturing and assembly processes to avoid contact with any surface.  We regard this tachometer as one of the finest Caerbont Automotive has ever produced."

At the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Singer displayed a static showcase model and also had one taking part in the Michelin Supercar Paddock Hillclimb Run, of which a video can be seen on the Goodwood Festival of Speed website.

For more information about the gauges for the Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer or about designing bespoke gauges for cars, motorcycles or boats, please contact us via:

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