Porsche revives design, engineering icon to mark 70th birthday


Porsche is reviving a design and engineering icon to mark the automaker’s 70th anniversary.

“Project Gold” is a one-of-a-kind rebuild of the 993-generation 911 Turbo. The 993 is the internal designation for the version of the Porsche 911 model made between 1994 and early 1998. Its discontinuation two decades ago marked the end of air-cooled Porsches.

Project Gold will be shown at Porsche’s annual Rennsport Reunion event at Laguna Seca, Calif., on Sept. 27. A month later, the vehicle will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta.

The show car, which is not street-legal, is painted in what Porsche describes as Golden Yellow Metallic. The color scheme extends to other parts of the sports car: The black hollow-spoke aluminum wheels feature golden yellow design accents while seats and interior trim are finished in black with golden yellow details.

Construction on Project Gold took about 18 months. The vehicle, based on an original body shell, was assembled and tuned at the Porsche Classic restoration workshop near Stuttgart.

Project Gold is powered by a 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine that delivers 450 hp. The hand-stamped chassis number follows that of the last series-production street-legal 993 Turbo, which rolled off the production line in 1998. The body shell features the characteristic side air intakes of the 993 Turbo S.

The 993 generation of the 911 is considered the most desirable of the 911 series. The book “Porsche 993 — Essential Companion” refers to the 993 as the “King of Porsche.”

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