The Porsche 959 was presented to the world in 1986. It was born out of the FIA homologation regulations for the group B rally, meaning Porsche had to produce at least 200 units of a road version of their race car. At the time of its introduction, it was the fastest production car ever made, with a top speed of 317km/h for the Komfort version. No expense was spared in the development of the car: the Porsche engineers had more than one trick up their sleeve, with the integration of cutting-edge technology that left the competition far behind. The headlines were from another world: a twin-turbocharged 2.8L flat 6 delivering the, for the time, mind-blowing figure of 450 PS powered an advanced all-wheel drive system through a 6-speed manual gearbox. The engine, being heavily based on the Porsche 956 and 962 race car engines, had motorsport genes, which showed in the driving experience. The powertrain, as crazy as it might have been for the time, was only a small part of the engineering prowess. To keep the missile as light as possible, Porsche opted for an aluminium and Kevlar composite material for the body, made by Karosserie Baur, where the cars were actually built. The revolutionary suspension system made it possible for the 959 to adjust ist height at the click of a button, and together with its „Gelände“ gear, the Gruppe B DNA is more than present. In total, 292 cars were built at a price of over 400’000 DM, and incredibly, it cost Porsche more than double that to produce a single car. The 959 is a unicorn, not only for its rarity, but for the no-cost-spared mentality behind the project. It displays the best of what was doable in the 80’s and 90’s in terms of speed, handling and practicality, and is to this day paving the way for modern super- and hypercars.
Dieser Porsche 959
Chassis 900155 is a Guards Red model from the year 1988, finished as a Komfort example, and with the full dark grey leather interior. According to the Porsche register, the car was built for the German market but was delivered new to Japan, where it covered a mere 2’600 km in 15 years. The car then joined the world-famous Ingram Porsche collection in North Carolina in 2003, where it stayed until recently.
No expense was spared in maintaining the car, with several invoices from the car’s time in the USA, dating back from 2005 till 2021 and totalizing over 140k$. The last invoices, from renowned Porsche specialists Road Scholars, totalized almost 40k$. Fluids, tires, belts, brake hoses, and much more, were replaced. We’re glad to report that everything works a treat, engine runs perfectly, gearbox is smooth, and the adjustable suspension does exactly what it’s supposed to do. Recently, the car has been PPF’d, and a newer Porsche Classic radio has been installed. Of course, the original radio has been preserved. The original toolkit etc. are also available.
The 80’s and 90’s are very much in demand at the moment. Demand keeps increasing for this very special and rare model, and prices will keep going up without a doubt. A perfect example for a safe investment and the occasional drive.