Gold is a precious valuable metal that has come to symbolize class and timelessness. The 993 generation of the Porsche 911 – produced from 1994 to 1998 – is as classy and timeless as gold itself. Now, Porsche Classic is introducing a new 993 creation that demonstrates its full range of restoration capability and expertise – the Project Gold.
Project Gold is basically a new show car derived from the body shell of an existing 993. Other than the shell, everything else is new. Its engine is new, and most of its parts and components – including the manual transmission and all-wheel drive system -- are sourced from Porsche Classic.
Choosing the 993 as the base was pretty easy for Porsche Classic. Considered as the last air-cooled Porsche 911, the 993 is considered most desirable and most collectible of the series because of its elegant combination of greater sporty beauty and great performance that is at par even with modern sports cars. It was the first 911 to be fitted with an aluminum multilink rear suspension and has a lower-slung front section than earlier models in the series. Likewise, its Turbo version was the first to be powered by a twin-turbo engine and the first to wear hollow-spoke aluminum wheels.
It took Porsche Classic around a year and a half to build Project Gold. A body shell of an original 993 -- featuring the characteristic side air intakes of the 993 Turbo S -- underwent the corrosion protection and painting process typically applied to Porsche’s current series-production vehicles. As for the color, the body shell was painted in Golden Yellow Metallic, the same color as the 2018 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series.
Then, Porsche Classic installed a brand new, period-correct, air-cooled 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine that can develop 450 hp (336 kW) -- the same output of a 993-generation Turbo S in production. Porsche Classic supplied the needed genuine parts like the manual transmission and all-wheel drive components.
Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur experts worked to coordinate the exterior and interior elements of Project Gold, while Style Porsche designers took care of the color gradients, positioning of badges and other interior details. Project features black wheels with Golden Yellow design accents as well as black seats and interior trim with Golden Yellow details. Interestingly, Project Gold is given a hand-stamped chassis number immediately following the last series-production street-legal 993 Turbo that came off the production line in 1998.
All of these were done at the Porsche Classic restoration workshop near Stuttgart.
After these efforts, Project Gold is just a show car and cannot be registered. It can be driven on private tracks but not on the streets. Project Gold was created to show off Porsche Classic capability and its wide selection -- over 6,500 – of genuine parts for 993-generation Porsche 911 models. Porsche Classic stocks some 52,000 genuine parts.
Porsche Classic plans to unveil Project Gold to the global public on September 27, 2018 at Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Then, it will be auctioned off on October 27, 2018, at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta as part of the RM Sotheby’s “Porsche 70th Anniversary Sale.” Proceeds from its sale will be donated in Germany to the Ferry Porsche Foundation.