1987 Porsche 959

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1987
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    119
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Original condition
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Black
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Italian title
Chassis n° WPOZZZ95ZJS900197
Engine n°65H00285 (matching numbers)

- Two owners from new, in Italy
- 26.000 km from new
- Careful maintenance
- Complete with all original elements (kits, manuals…)

With its stylistic audacity, the 959 - ultimately destined for both racing and road-driving - caught the eye at the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show, where it was presented as a future 'Group B.' It was the most advanced evolution of the 911 from a technological point of view, and had taken a long time to perfect; the Porsche study centre in Weissach had no qualms about testing it in public, choosing desert conditions to assess its technical capabilities - notably the integral transmission with electronically managed torque distribution; twin-turbocharged engine with system for reducing response time; automatic load levelling according to speed; and high-pressure braking with ABS… to mention just some of the aspects under development at the time. The 959's mechanical and electronic systems were tried out on the Paris-Dakar, with varying results: success in 1984, disaster in 1985, total triumph in 1986.

This highly complex laboratory car went on sale in 1987 after a rigorous, scientific development period, typical of Porsche's approach. It conformed to competition regulations for Group B cars, i.e. a minimum production of 200 (quite a challenge for such a complex machine) plus 20 'evolution' cars.

Buyers who had rushed to pay their DM50,000 deposit back in 1984 were not disappointed - either by the delay (nearly two years, but Porsche have always known how to communicate with their clients), or by the performances of the 'serial' 959: a top speed of 315 km/h and 0-100 km/h inside 3.7 seconds.

The 959 was undeniably an offspring of the 911, and had benefited from detailed aerodynamic studies, leading to a drop in Cx from 0.39 (on its European models) to 0.31. But research had mainly involved reducing the load-bearing capacity at high speed and during acceleration - a fundamental aspect for mastering a car with a 450bhp engine within its rear-overhang, and torque of 500 Nm. Thanks to a range of new solutions applicable to the car's suspension and aerodynamics, the 959 had a load-bearing capacity close to zero at 300km/h.

The other field of research necessarily concerned the optimal distribution of torque between the front and back axle-units depending on traction, using multiple-discs in oil bath clutches, with thrust controlled by a variety of captors, a calculator and a high-pressure hydraulic system. This distribution could be controlled automatically or manually. As the car had no spare wheel, Porsche also adopted the Denloc system, preventing the tyre from leaving the rim when deflated. Porsche also experimented with a permanent tyre-pressure control system. The classic six-cylinder flat-engine was naturally retained, albeit with such novel developments (also tested in endurance events) as mixed cooling (air for the cylinders, liquid for the cylinder-heads), which was subsequently widely adopted.

The inspired 959 fully deserves the attention of connoisseurs of iconic cars and cutting-edge technology. It is a culmination, and source, of Porsche's fantastic progress over the years, enabling the 911 to enjoy an outstanding career in terms of both sales and sporting results, gradually dispelling (sometimes justified) criticism without refuting a style and architecture that have ensured its lasting glory.

This 959 left the factory in Stuttgart at the end of 1987, invoiced by Porsche Stuttgart on 19 Mail 1988 and delivered on 2 June 1988 to the Porsche dealer in Genoa, Piave Motori Srl, who registered the car for the first time on 28 March 1990. As shown on the original Porsche certificate, it was presented in metallic graphite black with three-coloured Gray leather interior and 17-inch magnesium wheels. The dealer kept the car for eighteen years, selling it in 2006 to the current owner, an enthusiast from Florence, when it had covered just 12 000 km from new, making this a two-owner 959, a rare find in today's market. The service book shows us that the car has been regularly serviced as recommended by Porsche. Its presentation can only be described as impeccable. All maintenance invoices since 2006 are present in the file, including one for the last major service, carried out in part by Porsche Italy and also in Stuttgart at 20 000 km. The odometer shows that the car has covered just 6 000 km since this last service, with a total mileage of 26 000 km from new. The owner has driven the car regularly, participating in marque rallies such as the Porto Cervo in 2008 and the Misano Adriatico in 2016, various Concours d'Elégance events and also used it for weekend trips away. It is totally complete, coming with its first-aid kit, compressor in original pouch, spare set of keys, toolkit, service book and other manuals including the original Blaupunkt radiocassette booklet. This 959 Komfort presents a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most legendary supercars of its generation, the first supercar to adopt four-wheel drive, followed swiftly by the Bugatti EB110. This low mileage and meticulously maintained example comes with clear continuous history documented in a comprehensive file. A versatile car that is easy to use and exhilarating to drive, it is ready to be used in town or on longer journeys. With its sweet-sounding twin turbo, this car will pin you to the seat at the first touch of the accelerator.