We knew Porsche has been preparing something special for its 70th anniversary ever since dropping a teaser for its “Project Gold” restomod project last month. But now the wait is over. Porsche has presented the finished project at Pebble Beach, and it’s a feast for the eyes. 20 years after production of the 993 generation wrapped up, Porsche Classic, the automaker’s restoration division, has created a bespoke 911 Turbo with an air-cooled engine.
Based on an original 993 body shell, the car has been painted in Golden Yellow Metallic, the same color as the 2018 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series, creating a unique fusion of classic and contemporary. Golden Yellow accents also highlight the black wheels, while the seats and interior trim are finished in black with Golden Yellow details. The body shell features the prominent side air intakes of the 993 Turbo S that were also available as an option for the regular 911 Turbo in 1998.
The Porsche Project Gold took around one and a half years to complete. After being stripped down, the body shell went through the same meticulous corrosion protection and painting process applied to modern Porsche production cars. Porsche Classic specialists then installed a brand new 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine developing 450 hp, with performance matching the original 993-generation Turbo S.
The car’s original manual transmission and all-wheel drive components were also sourced from the Porsche Classic range of genuine parts. It even has a hand-stamped chassis number following the last street-legal 993 Turbo that rolled off the production line in 1998.
The interior was designed by experts from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur and is also inspired by the Turbo S Exclusive featuring gold accent stitching and black leather upholstery. This very special Porsche 993 Turbo will be crossing the auction block at RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th Anniversary Sale in Atlanta, Georgia on October 27. Given its significance, don’t be surprised if it sells for seven figures.