Porsche’s Project Gold 993 Turbo Sells In 10 Minutes, Fetches $3 Million

Porsche Classic fired a shot across the bows of restomodders like Singer when it revealed its Project Gold, a brilliantly updated 993 Turbo with an old-school air-cooled engine. Now that one-off project has been auctioned off, and it sold for a heck of a lot more than expected.

After 37 bids were placed over the course of just 10 minutes, the Project Gold 911 sold for a massive €2.7 million – or about $3.08 million at current exchange rates.

That’d be enough to buy 10 new 911 GT2 RSs, or nearly twenty new 911 Turbos. The good thing is that the proceeds will go directly to the Ferry Porsche Foundation, which supports educational, research, sport, culture, and social initiatives in the Stuttgart and Leipzig areas where the automaker runs its main factories.

For all their generosity, the new owner will take home a spectacularly restored 993 Turbo of the kind Porsche last manufactured in 1998. The project took a year and a half to complete and encompasses over 52,000 new parts, including a 3.6-liter twin-turbo boxer six upgraded to 450 horsepower (335 kW, or 42 hp/31 kW more than the original) and 431 lb-ft (585 Nm) of torque (up by 33 lb-ft/45 Nm). The engine features larger turbos, an additional oil cooler, Motronic engine control unit and ceramic port liners. The whole thing was resprayed in Golden Yellow Metallic with a Cathodic Dip Coating primer.

Project Gold was just one of the lots offered as part of RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta. Though the auction house had yet to publish the full results as we went to press, it was surely among highest prices paid for any of the 51 vehicles that were on offer – save, perhaps, for the 959 Paris-Dakar rally machine that was estimated to sell for $3-3.4 million – especially since a 956 Group C prototype apparently didn’t meet its reserve price.

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  • ErnieB

    Oh my!

  • Six_Tymes


  • Six Thousand Times

    Well, I’ll be damned.

  • Timo

    It wasn’t restored or repainted. It is a completely new car, build with with “brand new” spare parts, even the body was a left over spare part.

  • SteersUright

    Amazing car. Insane price. It must be nice to be filthy rich in 2018.

  • TheBelltower

    Nice color choices. Someone seriously overspent though.

    • Well pretty much one-off so I guess the price is not surprising.

      • TheBelltower


    • nastinupe

      Not really… it’s all about the market. I’m sure that he will get more than this when he decides to sell it. It’s a 1 of 1 Porsche. How many of those even exist? They rarely do one of one’s.

      • TheBelltower

        They’re smart to have only built one. That’s the only possible way to justify the price to a potential buyer.

  • But what about the rest of the cars? I’ve seen some trends that indicate a lot of no sale in recent auctions.

  • Bash


  • Bo Hanan

    Love the idea, hate the color.

  • ksegg

    This is amazinggggg.

  • nastinupe

    So was this a restomod or a brand new car?

    • Salih Ahzem

      Brand new with new, bespoke VIN etc… There was an article here in CS stating this 993 would not be road legal in the U.S., as is technically a MY2018 vehicle not confirming latest safety mandates.

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