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24 Aug 2018

Project Gold – one and only

Porsche Classic completes a unique 993 Turbo Restoration.

Porsche Classic completes a unique 993 Turbo Restoration.

Already a highly desirable collector’s item, Porsche Classic have restored and remastered a 993 generation 911 Turbo. Turning the tables somewhat, this latest masterpiece from Porsche Classic pays homage to the latest generation 991 Turbo S Exclusive Series, coated in stunning Golden Yellow Metallic paint.

Much like its modern counterpart, the black wheels feature yellow design accents, while the seats and interior trim are finished in black with Golden Yellow details.

Developing 450 horsepower, the classic sports car will make its world premiere at the Porsche Rennsport Reunion in Laguna Seca on September 27. The collector’s item, which is limited to use on private tracks, will then be auctioned off by RM Sotheby’s at the Porsche Experience Centre in Atlanta on October 27. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Ferry Porsche Foundation, a non-profit organization established this year to mark the “70 years of Porsche sports cars” celebrations.

“Project Gold” showcases the comprehensive skill of Porsche Classic in fascinating fashion”, says Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board responsible for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG.

The experts behind the project had access to a selection of over 6,500 genuine parts that Porsche Classic offers exclusively for 993 generation models. Overall, the Classic division currently stocks some 52,000 parts, which can be sourced via Porsche Classic Partners and Porsche Centres around the globe to repair and restore classic Porsche cars. 


18 months in the making, the project begun by first putting the bodyshell through the corrosion protection and painting process applied to today’s series-production vehicles. The collector’s item was then assembled and tuned by Porsche Classic specialists at the Porsche restoration workshop in Stuttgart. A brand new 3.6-litre twin-turbo flat-six engine developing 450 hp was installed, delivering the performance the vehicle originally had when it was in production.

The manual transmission and all-wheel drive were also sourced from the Porsche Classic range of genuine parts and the final piece of the puzzle arrived in the form of a hand stamped chassis number, following on from the last series-production model of the 993 Turbo which rolled off the production line in 1998. 

The exterior and interior elements were coordinated with the workshop’s dedicated Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur experts who were responsible for creating the 2018 911 Turbo S Exclusive series, which was limited to 500 units worldwide. To complement these elements, the designers at Style Porsche worked on the colour gradients and positioning of badges as well as other interior details. 

Designed by proud Yorkshireman and honoray Porsche Club member Tony Hatter, the 993 remains a sought-after collector’s item to this day, and is considered a particularly sophisticated and reliable vehicle. It was the first 911 to feature a redesigned aluminium chassis, giving it exceptional agility at the time. The front section is lower-slung than on the earlier 911 models, thanks to a switch from round to poly ellipsoidal headlights. Hollow-spoke aluminum wheels, a first for any car with aluminum wheels, were another innovation of the all-wheel drive 911 Turbo version. Only 345 units of the 911 Turbo S with its 450-hp performance-enhanced engine were built. 

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