So beloved was the air-cooled 1998 911 Turbo (the last of the 993 generation), that Porsche decided to make one last one
Project Gold is a show car using an original body shell and painted the same Golden Yellow Metallic colour of the 2018 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. It will have its world debut at the Porsche Rennsport Reunion, Sept 27 at Laguna Seca, and then will be auctioned off Oct. 27 at the single-marque RM Sotheby’s “Porsche 70th Anniversary Sale” at the Porsche Experience Centre in Atlanta.
“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. “Although we are starting a new chapter in our sports car history with the Porsche Taycan (Porsche’s first purely-electric sports car), the story of how the company evolved is no less significant. This Golden Yellow show car based on the 993 shows how incredibly passionate we are about the tradition of our brand.”
The non-street-legal 450-hp car features traditional cues like the 993 Turbo S’s side air intakes, and modern trimmings like black wheels accented in Golden Yellow and yellow-accented black interior seats and trim. Restoration was made possible due to Porsche Classic’s catalogue of 52,000 parts (available to restorers through Porsche Classic Partners and Porsche Centres worldwide), including 6,500 genuine 993 parts.
Construction of Project Gold took about 18 months, beginning with corrosion protection and painting of the body shell to the latest painting processes. Then came the installation of a brand new 3.6-litre twin-turbo flat-6, and linking to the manual transmission and all-wheel drivetrain, also genuine Porsche Classic parts. And, the chassis was stamped in sequence to the last 993 Turbo from the 1998 series (only 345 were previously built).
The 993 was particularly sought after for its sophistication. It was the first 911 to feature the poly-ellipsoid headlights (switching the previous round units), was the first Porsche powered by a twin-turbo engine, the first use of a hollow spoke aluminum wheel, and also featured Porsche’s first aluminum multi-link rear suspension.
Proceeds from the sale of Project Gold will go to the Ferry Porsche Foundation, a recently-established non-profit organization dedicated to education, social issues, and youth development.