Is Porsche about to reveal its first ever restomod 911?
We think Porsche will unveil its first in-house restomod project, Project Gold, to the world at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Here's what we know so far...
For weeks now Porsche's Classic division has been teasing us with various glimpses of a new ‘restomod’ vehicle, Project Gold. According to Porsche themselves, it’s been in the works since approximately February last year. With so much time invested, anticipation is high.
For decades Porsche specialists and restoration companies have been modifying 911s during restoration, with these six versions among the most revered in a busy marketplace of dedicated Porsche restoration firms.
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We’re getting closer to its unveiling, with August 24 pencilled in as the big day when the world gets to see Porsche’s finished product at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. But what is already known about the first ‘works’ Porsche restomod?
Our first glimpse of the car’s physical form was a paint-stripped 993 Turbo bodyshell, sitting in amongst other 911 models in Porsche Classic’s basement.
We expect therefore a similar, perhaps slightly tweaked twin-turbocharged 3.6L flat six to feature. The original Turbo engine packed 402bhp – what might this one have behind those rear wheels?
Laser-etched Technology wheels
Hollow-spoke ‘Technology’ wheels were an optional extra on the 993 Turbo in period. We’re more used to seeing these in their iconic silver coating but Porsche has gone in a different direction here, continuing with a black and gold motif that permeates every inch of the car’s appearance.
Keen to try something different, Porsche gave the set of alloys being fitted to their Project Gold restomod an initial coat of gold paint before a subsequent spray of black.
In something of an old meets new technology exercise, they’ve even gone to the effort of laser etching some of that final black coating away to reveal the gold underneath.
A reupholstered interior was bound to be in the works and, unsurprisingly, that black and gold theme continues inside the 993 restomod.
It’s still got standard 993 Turbo style seats but with gold stitching weaved into the black leather, and a gold ‘Turbo’ logo weaved into the headrest. There’s even a pair of gold racing stripes running from top to bottom. Classy.
Going for a dip
Our latest glimpse at Project Gold comes courtesy of its cathodic dip painting process. It’s got something to do with charged particles, with the 993’s body shell being a negative and the vat of paint it’s being bathed in being positively charged. Or in plain English, it gives it a nice even paint job.
It’s a similar process used for normal Porsche models and only a small fragment of the total build time of 18 months.
We’ll find out more of the puzzle pieces on August 17, ahead of the big reveal a week later at Monterey Car Week. Stay tuned!
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