Porsche’s first 1988 supercar to be auctioned.
The Porsche 959 'Komfort' will be sold at $1,100,000 - $1,400,000 in Sotheby's 2016 Arizona sale.
The Type 959 was Porsche’s first true “supercar”, a design which has won many awards. It was built to win the FIA’s Group B World Rally Championship and, not incidentally, serve as an all-wheel-drive development platform for Porsche’s future 964 production series. The “Gruppe B” prototype was introduced at the 1983 Frankfurt auto show, where it amazed onlookers with advanced technology that included a chassis built of advanced lightweight materials, a rear-mounted, 2.8-litre turbocharged engine, and an unbelievable selection of electronic engine and suspension management systems.
The 959’s chassis, on the same 89.4-inch wheelbase as the 911 Carrera, was made of carbon fibre, aluminum, and Kevlar. The roofline, doors, and interior resembled the 911. Its external appearance is complemented by a complete range of tools inside that keep the driver well informed of all the suspension and traction settings.
A quite docile machine at civilised driving speeds, the 959 could leap from 0–60 mph in less than four seconds, do the standing quarter-mile in just over 12, and reach a maximum speed approaching 200 mph.
Including 16 prototypes, a total of 329 examples were produced between 1985 and 1992.
This 959 to be auctioned in Arizona on the 29th January, was delivered from the factory to the Otto Glöckler Porsche dealership in Frankfurt, Germany, and was first registered on May 6, 1988. The car was Mr. Glöckler’s personal car (he even had his name embossed on the leather owners’ manual pouch), and the documents provided by the current vendor indicate that the vehicle came to Switzerland in 1991 as a duty-free admission when its next owner, Jürgen Oppermann, moved to Lugano. At the time of cataloguing the car had recorded only 25,428 kilometres, was described as being in “very good condition” and was delivered to Sotheby’s with along with all the service invoices, the original Vehicle Identity Card, service booklet, and other useful documentation.
Even by today’s standards, Porsche’s 959 is one of the automobile world’s true wonders and extremely rare. This well-documented example would please any thoughtful collector.