A number of high-end car manufacturers have dipped their toes in the pool of continuation models – vintage models brought back from the dead due to the demand of some high paying customers. But while some build thousands of newly created nameplates, Porsche built only one, and it is called Project Gold.
Project Gold is a one-off and recreation of a 993-generationTurbo, two full decades after its 993 production. The body shell is original, complete with Turbo S air intake, but about All other parts that are turned on the final product are brand new. The whole project took a year and a half from start to finish.
How did Porsche do that? First, the automaker took the 993-skinned shell and applied the same type of corrosion protection and paint it uses on new production cars. From there, the car went to Porsche Classic restoration center in Germany for reassembly.
Given the car's name, it should not be a surprise that both the interior and exterior are full of gold. Gullsting adorns about every piece of interior, from the seats to the dashboard panels. The Porsche Classic's updated radio with Bluetooth and Navigation replaces the original device. What's not covered in gold is trimmed with carbon fiber, from the dashboard to the spoiler beyond. Porsche's exclusive team, which helped createwas present to help guide interior design. Fun Fact: The two cars share the same paint color.
And then it's the engine. The most powerful variant of the 993 Turbo, Turbo S, packed up to 450 horsepower from its twin-turbo flat-six engine. For Project Gold, Porsche built a brand new 3.6-liter flat-six that would put the same 450 hp. It still has a manual gearbox, as well as all-wheel drive, and parts for both were taken from the Porsche Classic range of spare parts.
Porsche Project Gold is unfortunately not road-legal – the car can only be driven on private roads and tracks and can not be registered as a regular car. But that does not mean you can not try to scoop it up for yourself. Porsche will auction out of the car through RM Sotheby at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta on 27 October. If you want to know how much to pick up, this is probably not the car for you.