Unlike regular production 993s built in the 1990s, “Project Gold”, Porsche’s 70th birthday present to itself, took a year and a half to finish; it features some 6,500 Porsche Classic division parts and a brand new 450-horsepower Turbo engine, as well as the Golden Yellow Metallic picked from the new 2018 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. There are a number of exclusive parts and details in the car, as well as a one-of-one plaque proudly mounted on the dashboard.
And thanks to its hand-stamped chassis number being one digit off the last series-produced 993 from 1993, the car can be seen as a 1998 vehicle and a new car at the same time, which makes getting it street legal challenging at least. Shame, since that all-wheel-drive, turbocharged car with a six-speed manual must be an absolute treat to drive — now it’s strictly a track-only car, if it will not become a static display piece due to its uniqueness.
Nevertheless, the car was auctioned for a princely sum this past weekend. When the auction hammer came down at the RM Sotheby’s event held at Atlanta’s Porsche Experience Centre, the final price stood at 2.743.500 Euros, or $3.12 million. The net proceeds, some $2.95 million, will go into charity. A good reminder is that a 1998 911 Turbo S cost $150,000 new in the U.S — Project Gold brought in about twenty times as much, even if it mustn’t have come cheap to create.