Only 345 units of the 911 Turbo S with its 450 bhp performance-enhanced engine were ever built. It was a 993-generation model which was the first 911 to feature a redesigned aluminium chassis, giving it exceptional agility at the time. 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. And it was the last 911 Turbo with an air-cooled engine

The front section is lower-slung than on the earlier 911 models, thanks to a switch from round to poly ellipsoidal headlights. Hollow-spoke aluminium wheels, a first for any car with aluminium wheels, were another innovation of the all-wheel drive 911 Turbo version.

Part of the corrosion-protection process involves dipping the bodyshell into a tank of primer.

The 993 remains a sought-after collector’s item to this day, and is considered a particularly sophisticated and reliable vehicle. Now, a 346th unit has appeared and it’s not a newly discovered ‘forgotten’ car from 20 years ago when production of the model engine. It’s the result of ‘Project Gold’ which showcases the comprehensive skill of Porsche Classic in building a highly desirable collector’s item from genuine parts.

The design is based on an original bodyshell, and the car’s appearance is just as unique as its history: Painted in Golden Yellow Metallic, it references the 2018 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series.

The black wheels are highlighted by Golden Yellow design accents, while the seats and interior trim are finished in black with Golden Yellow details.

The bodyshell features the characteristic side air intakes of the 993 Turbo S that were also available as an option for the regular 911 Turbo in 1998.

The brand new ‘old’ model will celebrate its world premiere at the Porsche Rennsport Reunion in Laguna Seca (USA) on September 27, 2018. 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. The proceeds 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.

“This project clearly demonstrates our strategic approach. Although we are starting a new chapter in our sportscar history with the Porsche Taycan, the story of how the company evolved is no less significant. On the contrary, this Golden Yellow 993 demonstrates how incredibly passionate we are about the tradition of our brand,” said Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board responsible for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG.

Porsche Classic stocks some 52,000 parts for classic models which can be ordered online.

The ‘Project Gold’ team could draw 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 iconic car took approximately one and a half years. The bodyshell was first put through the corrosion protection and painting process applied to today’s series-production vehicles. Then it was assembled and Porsche Classic specialists tuned a brand new 3.6-litre twin-turbo flat-six engine which was installed. Its output of 450 bhp meant it delivered the performance the car 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. The hand-stamped chassis number follows the last series-production model of the 993 Turbo which rolled off the production line in 1998.

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