Porsche Classic has built a highly desirable collector’s item: the last 911 Turbo with an air-cooled engine - 20 years after the end of series production.
“Project Gold” represents Porsche Classic’s spectacular contribution to the “70 years of Porsche sports cars” celebrations: With this anniversary in mind as well as the forthcoming market launch of the Taycan as the first purely electric Porsche sports car, the experts at Porsche Classic came up with the idea of constructing a completely new vehicle based on an existing genuine type 993 body shell, showcasing both tradition and innovation. The experts were able to rely on 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.
Construction of the unique vehicle took approximately one and a half years. A brand new 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine developing 450 hp was installed, delivering the performance the vehicle originally had when it was in production.
Perhaps to distance itself from Singer’s recreations, which tend to be based on the 964-series 911 built from 1989 to 1994, Porsche picked the 1998 993-series for Project Gold. This was the last of the coveted air-cooled Porsches.
Porsche has resisted the temptation to relegate Project Gold to the company museum in Zuffenhausen. Instead, it will auction the car at RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th Anniversary Sale being held at the Porsche Experience Centre in Atlanta on October 27. Proceeds will go to the Ferry Porsche Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to youth development.
Sadly, potential bidders hoping to drive Project Gold to their local Cars & Coffees are going to be disappointed. Legal issues mean that, as with Jaguar’s recent XKSS and Lightweight E-Type recreations, the 911 isn’t road legal and is restricted to track-use only. As for acquiring the world’s-finest 993-generation 911 Turbo and donating to a great cause? Priceless.
The Car sold this past weekend at the RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction held in Atlanta USA for a Staggering $3,415,000 US Dollars.