Over the past few years we have seen a number of new vintage cars built from unused old warehouse. There was a bunch of Jaguars, some Aston Martins, and now this pretty gold Porsche 993 Turbo "Classic Series", as Porsche is willing to point out, unregisterable for use on the street. I asked the company why, just.
Philipp Salm, who leads up sales and marketing at Porsche Classic, explained that it is a two-fold problem.
This is not a 1990 car, when the 993 Turbo was when it originally came out. This is a 2018 model year car. It was built by Porsche out of an old, never used body in white. It was that the body shell, the frame, hanging out somewhere and a couple of years ago, Porsche took it out and built a new 993 out of it.
As of 2018, it had to follow the 2018 regulations, pointed out Salm, for both emissions and noise. The noise registers, new in Europe, would specifically pick up this car and you would never be able to pass them with "an air-cooled engine with specifications from the 1990s" as Salm told me.
So that's why These new old cars can not be driven on the street. They are technically new cars and will never pass new car rules. As such, you can keep them in your garage, you can drive them on a track, but driving them on the street anywhere with emissions and noise regulations for sale would be illegal.
But he pointed out that there is "safe land" where a car like this can be registered for road use, a country that is not as strictly regulated as Europe or the United States. I was on the discovery of this car and looked like a Saudi businessman poked and prodded another Porsche representative wondering if he could actually drive it or if there would be something that had to be forever sitting in his collection. "Well …." answered the Porsche rope, before he carefully picked his words to say yes, you do not know here, but elsewhere you can get this done.