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'PROJECT GOLD' EXPLAINED: THE 993 TURBO PORSCHE BUILT BRAND NEW IN 2018
ANYONE CAN RESTORE an old Porsche, but only Porsche can build a new one, and to celebrate the company’s 70th birthday, Porsche Classic created Project Gold, a brand new, one-off 993 Turbo built 20 years after production ended. “The starting point was a new body shell left over from 993 production,” explained Alexander Fabig, the head of Porsche Classic, the company arm that deals with parts and restoration for pre-997 cars. “We’d seen what our colleagues at Porsche Exclusive had done with the 991 Turbo S Exclusive and we wondered how a car like the 993 Turbo Exclusive would have looked if Porsche had built one back in 1995,” he said. Seven of Porsche Classic’s tiny 14-man crew spent 18 months working on Gold. Modifications to the standard Turbo body included recreating the rear wing vents found on Turbo S cars and finishing the car in Golden Yellow. The interior is trimmed in black leather with gold stitching, while the lightest internal components, all genuine parts available from Porsche Classic, were selected for the S-spec 3.6-litre twin-turbo flat-six, meaning it develops 450 horsepower (335kW) – 42bhp more than the standard 993 Turbo produced. “When we restore a customer car we spend around 1500-2000 hours rebuilding it to factory original specification,” Fabig explained. “But with Project Gold there were probably an additional 1000 hours spent on the features that make it different.” But couldn’t it have been more different? Comparisons with Singer Vehicle Design’s wilder creations are inevitable and some are bound to find Project Gold a little on the meek side, but Porsche stayed true to its brief of creating a periodappropriate machine. “We have huge respect for the other companies out there. We discussed making more modifications to bring in more modern components, like a newer engine or more carbon fibre, but we decided not to do that. We wanted it to feel authentic, and what we have done better reflects what we do at Porsche Classic.” On the surface this is simply a fun 70th anniversary present to itself, a showcase of what Porsche Classic can do and a reminder of how extensive its range of available parts is. But it’s also Porsche reaching out to comfort and reassure hardcore fans as it prepares to launch the electric Taycan and make another giant leap away from its air-cooled past.
Project Gold was auctioned at RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th Anniversary Sale in the US in October and achieved a remarkable USD$3,415,000 (AUD$4.73 million). Proceeds went to the youth-focused Ferry Porsche Foundation.