Porsche Classic unveils one-off 911 Project Gold ‘restomod’

Bespoke sports car is based on the iconic 993 generation 911 Turbo S

Porsche 911 Project Gold
Project Gold will make its public debut on 27 September
(Image credit: Porsche )

After weeks of preview trailers and images, Porsche’s one-off Project Gold concept has been uncovered ahead of its debut at the California-based Rennsport Reunion next week.

The Rennsport Reunion, which takes place on 27 September, is held at the 2.2-mile Laguna Seca racing circuit that plays host to some of the world’s most exclusive Porsche models.

In recent years, Porsche has used the showcase to unveil concept vehicles and special editions of its production cars.

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For this year’s event, the company’s Classic division has built a sports car based on its 23-year-old 993 generation 911 Turbo. Motoring experts are calling the car a “restomod”, a process where a company takes a classic design and pairs it with a modern engine and interior.

According to CNet’s motoring site Roadshow, the Project Gold 911’s bodywork and rear air intake have been taken from an original 993 Turbo S, but Porsche Classic has repainted the shell in metallic gold to give it a more modern look.

Under the rear-mounted bonnet, the restomod has a new 3.6-litre flat-six engine that produces 444bhp. Evo says it has been built to “identical specifications” to the original 993 Turbo.

The interior has been revamped, too.

While the cabin retains the original’s layout, Porsche has equipped it with golden-weaved carbon fibre panels on the dashboard and on the lower section of the door sills, says Auto Express.

The seats have been covered in black leather contrasted with gold stitching, the motoring magazine says, as has the steering wheel.

Fans can see the one-off Project Gold in action at the Rennsport Reunion on 27 September. It will then be auctioned off in October through RM Sotheby’s, where it’s expected to sell for £150,000 to £340,000, says Autocar.

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