This Classic Supercar Is Set To Fetch US$1.25M At Auction
A rare 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort will be going under the hammer next month in an auction held by RM Sotheby’s.
The Porsche 959 is widely regarded as the automobile that redefined the luxury sports car market in the eighties. Alongside Lamborghini’s Countach and Ferrari’s F40 and 288 GTO, the 959 was the poster car for a generation—and now one enthusiast will be able to add it to their collection.
This precise model has just 5,822 miles on the odometer and is one of only a slim selection of California-legal 959s. It also includes original manuals in personalised leather pouch, tool roll, road hazard kit with jack, and air compressor.
The attractive 959 boasts factory finished silver with a grey leather interior, as well as bias-adjustable all-wheel-drive and a twin-turbocharged 2.85-litre engine. At full throttle, the relatively small engine is capable of an impressive 450 horsepower at 6,500 rpm.
It was originally sold through Porsche of Stuttgart to the German racing-car driver, Bernd Schwebel of Offenbach, on 21 April 1988. It remained on the road in Germany for a number of years before returning to Stuttgart in June 1996 with 892 kilometers, and then in July 2001 with only 1,259 kilometers.
It was later imported into the United States, where it received over US$500K worth of work completed by specialists at Canepa Design, including an upgraded suspension system, new headlights, wheels and tires, a roll cage and a custom audio system.
“The Porsche 959 represents the pinnacle of technological advancement and the peak of Group B development,” Sotheby’s said in the listing. “This car, a highly desirable Canepa-upgraded example, represents a unique opportunity to acquire one of the first supercars, now capable of over 200 mph."