There may not be a single unconditional Porsche enthusiast in this whole world who doesn’t know what Singer Vehicle Design does. It’s almost practically impossible. But what is indeed entirely possible is that you might not know that there are a ton of other classic Porsche restomodders in the game that provide a similar experience.
Singer is truly amazing at what he does. However, there are many other Porsche restorers who create various restored and modernized air-cooled Porsches and other classics.
You may already be familiar with some of these incredible restorers, while others who have also worked wonders on classic Porsches might be foreign to you. That’s why we’ve put together this list of some of the best Porsche restorers and builders around the world to enlighten you.
ten Canepa ‘Reinvented’ Porsche 959
When it comes to restoring classic Porsches, most of us might think of a 993, 964 or any other air-cooled model. However, one car that no one would imagine being restored or remastered is the legendary Porsche 959. Rightly so, because there really aren’t many of those lying around, anyway. But there is a genius who has mastered this machine and made this already amazing “hypercar” even better. Yes, we are talking about Bruce Canepa.
Retired American racing driver Bruce Canepa is responsible for creating the 959 “Reimagined” called the Porsche 959SC. The Porsche 959SC is the epitome of an era-defining hypercar transported into the 21st century. The reworked 959SC is equipped with the technological breakthroughs of the century for superior power, handling and driving appointments, while retaining the charm of the original car released in 1987.
9 RUF CTR Yellowbird
When Ruf Automobile GmbH set out to create a racing car for the streets, they ended up creating the beautiful CTR Yellowbird. Recognized worldwide for its iconic yellow paint job and stunning engineering, the CTR (short for “Group C Turbo Ruf”) is an illustrious automobile that was launched nearly 37 years ago.
To commemorate the launch of the original CTR Yellowbird in 2017, Ruf launched the CTR Anniversary. This modern interpretation of the original car features a carbon fiber monocoque entirely developed and manufactured by Ruf. It’s powered by a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 that produces 700 horsepower and 649 lb-ft of torque. The best part about this beast is the fact that it still comes with a 7-speed manual gearbox.
8 Gunther Werks 400R
When it comes to creating the ultimate reworked masterpiece from an old 993, Gunther Werks is easily the best company to consult. At $525,000, that might sound a bit or shall we say extremely outrageous, but to be very honest, it’s worth every penny spent. The attention to detail that Gunther Werks puts into each of their cars is simply unmatched. The 400R is so amazing that even Joe Rogan couldn’t resist not having one.
The Gunther Werks 400R, limited to just 25 units, aims to bridge the gap between retro styling and modern automotive technology and reliability. The entire car is created from carbon fiber and all other intricate parts are either CNC or covered with the best materials available. Almost every part of the 993 Donor is upgraded and assembled with the highest level of precision and quality.
seven Kaege Retro Porsche 993 911
A modernized retro Porsche will never go out of style. And what better than a restomod by Kaege Retro? Not a lot of things of course. Founded by master craftsman Roger Kaege, the company has been producing modern, retro-looking 993s for over two decades and has truly cemented its name as one of the best in the business.
The KAEGE RETRO Classic is an interpretation of the legendary Model F built on a 993, and it is not a replica. The bumpers, trim strips, fuel caps, lights and several other bespoke touches are truly breathtaking. It weighs about 221 pounds less than the original 993, and it’s powered by the 993 donor’s 3.6-liter naturally aspirated engine that has been fully restored. Kaege lets owners go wild with paint colors, interior designs, engine horsepower, chassis calibration, and any extra features they might like.
6 DP Motorsport 911 RS 3.5 Evolution
Over the past 49 years, DP Motorsport founded by Ekkehard Zimmermann has produced some of the most enticing custom Porsches. DP Motorsport had its humble beginnings as a manufacturer of Porsche modification parts. However, as his name became more famous, he branched out into creating custom chassis and other performance parts for street Porsches.
The DP Motorsport 911 RS 3.5 Red Evolution is the latest complete creation of the company founder Zimmermann and offers insane improvements. The list of things done to this Porsche Signal Red is so long that we can’t list everything at once. But the main elements of this custom RS model include a carbon or glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP) body, H&R suspension, a welded strut and the braking system of a 911-3.3-Turbo.
5 Strategic Adventure
A Porsche 911 is easily one of the best all-around sports cars. Not only because it can be used as a daily or Canyon carver, but also as an all-terrain vehicle. Yes, you heard right; an off-road Porsche. However, the only problem is that you need a custom-built Adventure model from STRAAT Automobile for this feat.
The STRAAT Adventure is a tough 4X4 911 that was created to explore terrain that an average 911 can’t. This classic off-road 911 comes with a rebuilt 3.2 Carrera Euro-spec engine, Elephant Racing performance oil cooler kit, Fabspeed exhaust and a host of other upgrades. He can crawl on any surface and from the outside he looks like nothing else on the streets.
4 Lightspeed Classic Babyblue
People often assume that these restored Porsches aren’t meant to be driven hard. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Lightspeed Classic is one of those Porsche connoisseurs and restorers who emphasize the importance of driving their creations day after day.
Lightspeed Classic creates their reimagined cars based on a 993 generation 911. They redesigned just about every component to bring the classic 911 up to modern standards. With the highest quality and the greatest attention to detail; both in the technical structure and in the finish, all the know-how and craftsmanship have gone into the creation of this masterpiece.
3 Paul Stephans 993R
Most of the other remastered Porsches on this list are based on the 930 and 964, while others are based on the 993. However, they all have the same premise. They take a donor car and convert it to a classic looking model. Nevertheless, on this list, only this model does not seek to become something else. Thanks to Paul Stephens Autoart who took a different approach and created this beauty. After five years of continuous invention and improvement, the 993R was designed in response to a customer request for Paul Stephan to design a 993 that was superior in every way.
A larger 3.8-liter flat-six engine, compared to a 3.6-liter version, gives the 993R increased power to 330 horsepower instead of the standard 993’s 272 horsepower. Inside, Paul Stephen added carbon fiber Recaro seats, an integrated roll cage and other lightweight materials to save weight and increase engagement. Autoart removed all optional gimmicks, including radio, air conditioning, and motorized windows. And after all was said and done, this car became the ultimate shape a 993 could ever become.
2 Emory Motorsports 356 Porsche Outlaw
From a distance, there are few things in this world that are more beautiful than this dark work of art. As you can see, it looks like a regular Porsche 356 from the outside. But he has done some serious work to take it to the next level. Emory Motorsport founded by Rod Emory is responsible for creating this ultra-opulent automobile.
It takes $350,000 to create a Porsche 356 Emory Special, but for those mesmerized by its looks, that’s nothing. Emory preps the chassis for its modified 911 suspension and exclusive Emory-Rothsport 4-cylinder engine by performing a concours-grade restoration and stiffening the chassis. Although it has rally or race-inspired design cues, the body shape looks standard. Its 2.4-liter flat-four engine produces 185 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque.
1 Theon Design Porsche 911 Restomod
UK based Theon Design can easily be considered the UK equivalent of Singer Vehicle Design. The company offers its own version of the same basic formula of restoring a classic Porsche from scratch using the finest materials and precision engineering. The typical “leisure” vehicle starts as a Porsche 911 964-series (1989-1994) and then undergoes significant aesthetic and mechanical changes.
The company disassembles a 964 donor and uses OEM-level manufacturing, design and quality processes along with an obsession with precision to produce timeless recreations. To reduce weight and improve driving dynamics, Theon Design uses lightweight materials like carbon fiber and Kevlar to make every vehicle faster, lighter and even more exhilarating to drive. Theon Design offers customers a choice of three ultra-responsive, high-performance naturally aspirated engine configurations: 281hp 3.6-litre, 365hp 3.8-litre or 395hp 4.0-litre.