A one-off 993 Turbo overhauled by Porsche itself was never going to be a cheap car to purchase: take into account the air cooled 911 fascination, its unique status and the manufacturer involvement, and it's clear this wasn't going to be a 'mere' six-figure Porsche. Still, even with that knowledge, that the hammer fell on Project Gold at €2,589,027 (€2,743,500 with fees included, which makes for a £2.4m total) still looks like a remarkable result. Makes that £1.8m GT2 from a couple of years back look a bargain...
The car was sold at RM's Porsche 70th Anniversary auction at Atlanta over the weekend, with 37 bids in 10 minutes leading up to that extraordinary total. Additional results haven't yet been issued, though they'd be well worth keeping an eye on: lots included the 959 Paris Dakar, plus 2.8 and 3.0-litre 911 RSRs. Yum.
As mentioned, the proceeds from the sale are going to the Ferry Porsche Foundation. A not-for-profit organisation, the Porsche foundation "supports work in the fields of education, research, sport, culture and social affairs."
Should the reality of a £2.5m 993 fill you with dread - even given its status and specification - then there might be some solace to find in the PH classifieds. It is possible, for example, to still purchase a manual, rear-wheel drive 993 for less than £40,000 - see here. Finally, it's worth remembering that Project Gold isn't road legal, so there's no chance of it turning up in supercar spotter's gallery anytime soon. Make the most of it while you can!
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