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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.

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