450 bhp, 2,849 cc rear-mounted, air- and liquid-cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with twin two-stage turbochargers and Bosch electronic fuel injection, six-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drive, front and rear independent double-wishbone suspension with electronically adjustable ride height and shock-absorber control, and four-wheel hydraulic ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,270 mm
Less than 29,200 kilometres
Retains its original engine
Porsche’s first supercar; one of only 329 produced
Based on Porsche’s iconic 911, the 959 was built to win the FIA Group B World Rally Championship whilst serving as a development platform for the new all-wheel-drive Type 964. It was shoehorned full of innovative technologies and lightweight materials, and it was powered by a rear-mounted, 2.8-litre turbocharged engine. Quite docile and civilized at driving speeds, the 959 could leap from 0–60 mph in less than four seconds, run the standing quarter-mile in just over 12, and reach a maximum speed approaching 200 mph. In the fully leather-upholstered, carpeted, air-conditioned confines of a 959, this was accomplished in a calm and controlled, even quiet, fashion.
Delivered new to Padua in July 1988, it is believed that this 959 ‘Komfort’ has remained in northern Italy its entire life. The car’s odometer currently shows just under 29,200 kilometres from new and is finished in silver over a black leather interior. It presents nicely throughout and would surely make a wonderful addition to any collection of Porsches. Furthermore, it is important to note that the car retains its original engine.
Even by today’s standards, Porsche’s 959 is one of the automobile world’s true wonders—very fast, well built, and extremely rare. It pioneered technologies that would not appear in other production cars for years afterword and asserted Porsche’s position in the industry as the leader in performance and automotive technology. Well preserved and with limited mileage since new, this 959 will not disappoint.