How Porsche's 'Project Gold' was built, from start to finish

Porsche's landmark in-house restomod has been in the making since February last year. Here's how it all came together.

It has taken Porsche 18 long, painstaking months to develop and complete their first ever in-house restomod project, a 1998 model year 993 Turbo dubbed 'Project Gold'. In that time, Porsche delved into their 6,500+ strong collection of newly made, period correct 993 parts to build a 'brand new' 20 year old car.

Given the project was a key part of their 70th anniversary celebrations, Porsche went into extremely fine detail when designing and assembling 'Project Gold', going so far as to laser etch its alloy wheels and hand-stitch its internals

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993 origins

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.

That bodyshell was the only used part present on Project Gold, with every other component taken from Porsche Classic's thousands-strong inventory of brand new yet original 993 parts.

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 its Project Gold restomod an initial coat of gold paint before a subsequent spray of black.

In something of an ‘old meets new technology’ exercise; it’s even gone to the effort of laser etching away some of that final black coating to reveal the gold underneath.

Reupholstered interior

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 woven into the black leather, and a gold ‘Turbo’ logo worked into the headrest. There’s even a pair of gold racing stripes running from top to bottom. Classy.

Going for a dip

Our penultimate glimpse at Project Gold came courtesy of its cathodic-dip painting process. It’s got something to do with charged particles, with the 993’s bodyshell being a negative and the vat of paint it’s being bathed in being positively charged. Or in plain English, it gives a nice, even paint job.

It’s a similar process as is used for normal Porsche models, and takes only a small fragment of the total build time of 18 months.

Final assembly

With one week to go until the big reveal, Porsche released its final teaser. A first glimpse of the engine being fitted to its 993 Turbo housing, a 3.6-litre six-cylinder bi-turbo that’s been built entirely from scratch for this special vehicle.

Instead of building an engine matching that of a standard specification 993 Turbo, Porsche instead opted to drop a Turbo S-spec unit into Project Gold's rear, churning out 450bhp rather than the 402bhp this 993 Turbo would have originally packed.

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