Buying a new Porsche 911 is an easy way to get your hands on an undisputed classic car. It’s also much less expensive than the enormous sums the vintage models often get at auction. Porsche AG recently split the difference, building a one-off brand new version of an older Porsche 911. It’s called Porsche Project Gold, and it’s as good a reminder as any that it’s time to visit Porsche Nashua.
Porsche Project Gold has been years in the making. The Porsche facility in Stuttgart has an awful lot of pristine old parts in its inventory, and one of these was a body from a 993 series Porsche 911. Project Gold was the long process of building the ultimate “new old stock” car.
This isn’t the first time a car company has brought some of its past into the present. What’s different here is the fidelity to the original. Uwe Makrutzki, who manages Porsche Classic’s factory restoration program, admits that there was a momentary temptation to pull out all the stops and load the car with modern technology. But in the end, they stayed faithful to the production specs from 20 years ago.
What resulted is a naturally-aspirated 993 series that borrowed just a few touches from another classic (the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series). Even the VIN number dates the car to 1998 although it was finished in 2018 in time for the company’s 70th anniversary.
Porsche Project Gold is apropos on many levels. One of the most important to us as a Porsche dealership, especially as Porsche AG moves full-throttle toward the future? The reminder that no matter how much has changed and will change, new Porsche cars will always carry something of their long, proud lineage in their DNA. Visit us at 170 Main Dunstable Road as Porsche Nashua celebrates 70 years of the Porsche brand, as well as our place — and yours — in that history.