New factory-built 993 Turbo makes public debut ahead of auction
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Porsche’s extraordinary ‘Project Gold’ build of a ‘one of one’ special-edition 993 Turbo, more than 20 years after production of air-cooled 911s ceased at Zuffenhausen, has made its public debut at Rennsport Reunion VI. The car has been put together by Porsche Classic, with its styling and gold paintwork evoking that of Porsche’s current 991 Turbo S Exclusive Edition.
Painted in the same Golden yellow metallic, the body of this collector’s item is ‘based on’ an original 993 body shell, with side air intakes present from the Exclusive 993 Turbo S, which was also available as an option on the regular 993 Turbo. Porsche says a brand-new 3.6-litre 993 Turbo engine was installed into the car, its quoted output of 450hp suggesting the motor comes fitted with the X50 Powerkit option available at the time through Porsche Exclusive.
Project Gold took one-and-a-half years to build, relying on a pool of over 6,500 genuine Porsche Classic parts, with Studio Porsche responsible for contemporary styling based on the 991 Turbo S Exclusive Edition, which includes black leather seats with gold piping, gold detailing on the tachometer and carbon detailing inside and out.
Porsche says the car is a ‘one-off production’ which will be auctioned at RM Sotheby’s Porsche-only sale at PEC Atlanta on October 27 2018, which itself will mark 70 years of Porsche sports car production. However, the winning bidder will not be able to enjoy this 993 on the public road: not road registered, Porsche says the car is “limited to use on private tracks.” The proceeds for this instant collector’s item will be donated to the Ferry Porsche Foundation.