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'PROJECT GOLD' EX­PLAINED: THE 993 TURBO PORSCHE BUILT BRAND NEW IN 2018

Motor (Australia) - - IN PICS. PORSCHE AT THE PETERSEN MUSEUM -

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.

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