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.
This Porsche 959
Chassis 900039 is the fifth customer car to leave the factory and was delivered new in Zuffenhausen on the 16th of July 1987. It was built as a Komfort version and finished in the stunning and classy color of Silbermetallic (Silver metallic) over a Silbergrau (Silver grey) full leather interior, a specification which it retains to this day.
The car is a German car and has only ever been registered once, in Germany, making it a well-cared after and original example. Our car was clearly the pride and joy of its owner, as the car’s history and life is, to this day, extremely well documented. From the early mails exchanged with Porsche regarding the potential purchase of the car in 1985 to the several stampings on the service book and invoices, almost every piece of paper has been preserved. The purchase invoice states the options chosen, such as the version, body color, interior materials, seat heating and alarm, as well as the whopping price of 420’000 Deutsche Mark. A Porsche certificate delivered in 2011 sums up the delivery specification and options of the car, as well as the location of the delivery.
In its 34 years on the road, our 959 only covered a mere 13’200km, which is without a doubt much less than most 959’s did. The originality and condition of the car, its one and only road registration, as well as the several period documents and books it comes with, make it a unicorn in the already very exclusive Porsche 959 circle. It is a significant investment opportunity, as the world starts to realise what a phenomenal car the 959 is and how important it is to the history of cars.