Porsche have been teasing their latest restoration project for a while and they’ve finally unveiled it with the Project Gold 993 Turbo. Engineers have worked on the car for over 18 months, creating a true masterpiece. Traditionally, restomod 911s are based on 964s and 911s. But Project Gold has been based on a 1998 993 Turbo, making the decision unusual on Porsche’s part.
The company have replaced every component in the donor 993, with the body shell being the only original part. The car features golden yellow metallic paint, 993 Turbo S side air intakes and a new 3.6-litre twin-turbo flat six engine.
The twin-turbo was built from the ground up and designed to the specifications used for the 993 Turbo S. Another accurate representation is the six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel-drive system.Over 6500 new parts have been produced by Porsche Classic, but all are true to original period specification.
What sets Project Gold apart from other restomods is that it’s considered a brand new car. It’s been assigned a new chassis number, one number higher than the last 993 Turbo that Porsche produced in 1998.
Issuing a new production number isn’t as easy as you might think. It means making a 20-year old-car subject to modern certification standards. Project Gold isn’t road legal, restricting the car to track day sessions and events on private land.
Project Gold is going to be sold during RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th anniversary on October 27th. It may well become the world’s most expensive Porsche 993. The current world sales record for a 993 Turbo was set by a Cabriolet version that sold at the RM Sotheby’s auction in Paris last year.
The money will go towards the charitable Ferry Porsche Foundation. The charity aims to tackle social issues and improve education for young people.