Porsche have been working on a rather special project. Project Gold involves taking an existing 993-generation 911 body and producing a car that is equal parts almost in the classic genre, while also featuring some very modern production and technology inputs.
The 911 set in Golden Yellow colour scheme will debut at Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on September 27, 2018. The 450 horsepower car can only be driven on private tracks, due to its one-off nature and it will be available on auction at an exclusive one-marque event being held by RM Sotheby’s at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta exactly a month later.
“Project Gold” showcases the comprehensive skill of Porsche Classic in fascinating fashion,” says Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board of Porsche AG responsible for Sales and Marketing. “This project clearly demonstrates our strategic approach. Although we are starting a new chapter in our sports car history with the Porsche Taycan, the story of how the company evolved is no less significant. On the contrary, this Golden Yellow show car based on the 993 shows how incredibly passionate we are about the tradition of our brand.”
The entire restoration project stretched over 18 months with the base being an existing 993 body. The body was then sent through a modern corrosion resistance and paint process and then sent for assembly at the Porsche Classic workshop near Stuttgart.
The car got a brand new 3.6-litre twin-turbo flat six engine alongwith a manual transmission and all-wheel drive. Many of the parts needed are already available due to Porsche maintaining an extensive catalogue of classic parts. Considering that this mint condition 911 matches the performance of the 911 Turbo S of the generation, the auction is likely to be quite heated. As it is, only 345 units of the 911 Turbo S were made, so the breed is in short supply on the market.
As to what makes the 993 special – it features a number of firsts for Porsche including the first use of twin-turbo and hollow aluminium alloy wheels. It also features lightweight aluminium multilink rear suspension. And now almost twenty years has passed since the end of production – so that makes it a must have.