CLAS­SIC PORSCHE BUILD

New Zealand Classic Car - - National And International News -

Porsche Clas­sic in Stuttgart has built a unique Porsche 911, 20 years af­ter the pro­duc­tion run of that par­tic­u­lar air-cooled engine series ended. The 993-gen­er­a­tion 911 turbo is based on an orig­i­nal bodyshell, and the ve­hi­cle’s ap­pear­ance is just as unique as its his­tory. The model, con­sid­ered by many to be the zenith of Porsche de­sign and con­struc­tion, ran from 1994 un­til 1998.

Porsche Clas­sic dipped into its mas­sive parts bin to cre­ate this ver­sion of the orig­i­nal clas­sic car. The ven­ture has been dubbed ‘Pro­ject Gold’ by Porsche, and the re­sul­tant car is a 336kw track ver­sion of the last­cen­tury model.

Porsche Clas­sic work­shop en­gi­neers treated the orig­i­nal bodyshell to a brand-new ver­sion of the old 3.6-litre flat-six mo­tor, as well as gear­box and all-wheel-drive sys­tem, all sourced from Porsche Clas­sic’s se­lec­tion of 6500 gen­uine Porsche spare parts stocked just for the 993 series. (The stock com­prises a to­tal of 52,000 parts across the Porsche range.) The in­te­rior has been cre­ated by a spe­cial­ist team that is also a part of Porsche Clas­sic.

The com­pleted car, which has chas­sis num­bers fol­low­ing on from the fi­nal 993 built in 1998, will be shown at the La­guna Seca track in Cal­i­for­nia on 27 Septem­ber this year. One month later, it will be auc­tioned at the Porsche Ex­pe­ri­ence Cen­tre in At­lanta in the US. In­ter­est in this gen­uine ‘new’ ver­sion of the clas­sic is cer­tain to be strong. Pro­ceeds will go to the Ferry Porsche Foun­da­tion.

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