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Porsche’s ‘Project Gold’ is a lust worthy car for many reasons. For starters Porsche Classic has restored the 993 generation 911 Turbo using genuine parts exclusively used for 993 models, it is powered by a newly built 3.6-litre twin turbo air-cooled flat-six engine which cranks out 444bhp and is specced to the original 993 Turbo from 1998. Did we forget to mention that it looks lovely in gold? The unique golden metallic yellow paint job is also used in the 2018 911 Turbo S Exclusive series.
The company has used the original body shell of the 993 and constructed a completely new vehicle around it, using more than 6,500 genuine parts specific for the 993 gen models. Here’s another tidbit – Porsche classic houses more than 52,000 genuine parts to restore and repair classic Porsches. The side air intakes are reminiscent of the 993 Turbo S model. These were also available as additional equipment in the 1998 model 911 Turbo. The car also features all-wheel drive and a manual transmission. Talk about the Thrill of Driving! It is also gets a hand stamped chassis number of the last series – produced 993 Turbo back which rolled out of the production lines in 1998.
According to Porsche, the 993 is one of the most sought after collector’s car, as it had many firsts to its name. It was the first 911 to feature redesigned aluminium chassis and the 911 Turbo version of the 993 was also the first to have a twin-turbo engine, making it the lowest-emission standard automotive powertrain in the world in 1995. It also featured hollow spoke aluminium wheels back in the day, which are mirrored in the restored version. The black hollow spoke alloys with the gold accents add more character to the car.
The headlamps and tail lamps of the car are given a dark finish, similar to the modern day Porsches. Some of the exterior components of the car are painted in black, like the external mirrors, the engine cover and door handles. On the inside, you get black leather with yellow stitching on the seats, centre console, dashboard and steering wheel. Porsche has given attention to the finer details like incorporating carbon fibre bits with golden strands within the carbon weave on the dash and doors to make it more special.
The car will have its world premiere at the Porsche Rennsport Reunion in Laguna Seca (USA) on September 27, 2018. The bummer is that the one-off car will be exclusively for track use and won’t be homologated for road use. This head-turning car will be auctioned later in October and the proceedings of the auction will be given to charity. Expect it to be auctioned for stratospheric prices because of its exclusivity.