1988 Porsche Type 959 Coupe / WPOZZZ95ZJS900153 Vehicle Information

1988 Porsche Type 959 photograph

1988 Porsche Type 959 photograph

1988 Porsche Type 959 photograph

1988 Porsche Type 959 photograph

1988 Porsche Type 959 photograph

1988 Porsche Type 959 photograph

1988 Porsche Type 959 photograph

1988 Porsche Type 959 photograph

1988 Porsche Type 9591988 Porsche Type 9591988 Porsche Type 9591988 Porsche Type 9591988 Porsche Type 9591988 Porsche Type 9591988 Porsche Type 9591988 Porsche Type 959
Coupe
Chassis #: WPOZZZ95ZJS900153
Sold for $495,000 at 2012 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, Fl.
The Porsche 953, a normally aspirated 911 with four-wheel drive, won the Paris-Dakar rally in 1984. This victory marked a significant achievement for Porsche and encouraged the company to set its sights higher. Porsche, with chief engineer Helmuth Bott, began work on creating a 'Super Porsche' - an all-wheel-drive, turbocharged Porsche with ride-height adjustment.

Work began on developing the 959 Group B sports car for racing, which required a minimum of 200 cars to be produced. Group B regulations limited displacement to a turbocharged powerplant of 2.85 liters. Porsche fitted their 959 was two turbochargers of differing sizes and differing intentions The smaller turbo was used for quick and initial throttle manipulation, while the larger turbo was initiated at 4,300 RPM. Total output produced by the engine was 450 horsepower, with the 158 hp/liter capacity making the highest specific output ever realized in a production car.

The transmission had six forward speeds and there four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with hydraulic assist and ABS. Top speed was achieved at 196 mph. The transaxle tube included Porsche's PSK variable-center differential, which manages the torque divisions between the front and rear axle. A second PSK is fitted in the rear axle to work as a form of limited-slip differential. This setup allowed the driver to adapt to road conditions by selecting between 'traction,' 'ice and snow,' 'wet' and 'dry' settings.

Equally impressive as the mechanical aspects of the car, the exterior design brought many firsts and some one-offs for Porsche. The rear of the car, rocker panels, fenders, and roof were comprised of composite materials. The hood and doors were made from aluminum, and the front fascia was fiberglass. The end result was an aerodynamic and rigid bodyshell.

The Porsche 959 was offered for sale to the Public beginning in 1987. In just two years, 284 customer cars were built and sold.

This Porsche 959 is a low-mileage example with just 1,250 miles on the odometer. It is finished in silver over gray leather and includes the expensive, leather trim package, which includes many leather-finished details from gauges to knobs.

The car has benefitted from a Canepa Design Phase II upgrade making it a street-legal automobile with many performance benefits. The Phase II engine system included elimination of the factory-sequential turbo system and installation of a new twin-turbo system, including new Garrett 'Disco Potato' ball-bearing turbos, redesigned waste gate with TiAL diaphragms and titanium heat shields. Camshaft timing was optimized, in addition to blueprinting all intake and exhaust-valve springs. It was given an upgraded fuel system, a modern engine management system with ADL, F1-technology engine-wiring harnesses, a high-output ignition system and various other components. It has a new stainless-steel exhaust system with Porsche original-equipment dual stainless catalytic. The entire clutch system has been modified and upgraded to improve pedal feel and actuation. The suspension was upgraded to 959 S specifications incorporating titanium coil-over springs and Canepa Design's new gas strut.

The engine now produces around 640 horsepower and 570 lbs/ft of torque. Zero-to-sixty is achieved in around 3 seconds with a top speed in excess of 200 mph.

In 2012, this car was offered for sale at the Amelia Island sale presented by Gooding & Company. It was estimated to sell for $400,000 - $500,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $495,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2012


2012 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, Fl

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $400,000-USD $500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $495,000

1988 Porsche Type 959 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1988 sales)
1988 PORSCHE 959 COMFORT
Sold for USD$1,040,009
  2018 Coys - Blenheim Palace
 
1988 Porsche 959 Komfort
Chassis#: WP0ZZZ95ZHS900108
Sold for USD$1,056,000
  2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
 
1988 Porsche 959 Komfort
Chassis#: WP0ZZZ95ZHS900149
Sold for USD$950,000
  2017 Mecum : Monterey
1988 Porsche Type 959 image  1988 Porsche Type 959 image  
1988 Porsche 959 Sport
Chassis#: WP0ZZZ95ZJS905011
Sold for USD$2,097,200
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Paris
 
1988 Porsche 959 Komfort
Chassis#: WP0ZZZ95ZJS900182
Sold for USD$1,089,000
  2017 Gooding & Co. : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1988 PORSCHE 959 ROADSTER RE-CREATION
Chassis#: DMV55214NV
Sold for USD$21,450
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1988 Porsche 959 'Komfort'
Chassis#: WP0ZZZ95ZJS900133
Sold for USD$1,078,560
  2016 RM Sothebys : Duemila Ruote
 
1988 Porsche 959 Komfort
Chassis#: WP0ZZZ95ZHS900108
Sold for USD$1,320,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
 
1988 Porsche 959 Komfort
Sold for USD$1,250,000
  2016 Auctions America : Santa Monica
 
1988 Porsche 959 'Komfort' Stage II
Chassis#: WP0ZZZ95ZJS900248
Sold for USD$1,012,480
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monaco
1988 Porsche Type 959 image  
1988 Porsche 959 Komfort
Chassis#: WPOZZZ95ZHS900082
Sold for USD$559,971
  2016 Bonhams : The Monaco Sale
 
1988 Porsche 959 Komfort
Chassis#: WP0ZZZ95ZJS900152
Sold for USD$1,120,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : The Amelia Island Auction
1988 Porsche Type 959 image  1988 Porsche Type 959 image  
1988 Porsche 959 'Komfort'
Chassis#: WP0ZZZ95ZJS900154
Sold for USD$1,210,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1988 Porsche Type 959 image  1988 Porsche Type 959 image  
1988 Porsche 959 Komfort
Chassis#: WP0ZZZ95ZJS900203
Sold for USD$1,732,500
  2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
1988 PORSCHE 959 ROADSTER RE-CREATION
Chassis#: DMV55214NV
Sold for USD$18,975
  2015 Barrett-Jackson : Reno Tahoe
 
1988 Porsche 959 Replica Roadster
Sold for USD$17,000
  2015 Leake Auction - Tulsa, OK
 
1988 Porsche 959 Sport
Chassis#: WP0ZZZ95ZJS905006
Sold for USD$1,705,000
  2015 Gooding & Company - Arizona
 
1988 Porsche 959 'Komfort'
Chassis#: WP0ZZZ95ZHS900149
Sold for USD$1,045,000
  2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1988 Porsche Type 959 image  1988 Porsche Type 959 image  
1988 Porsche 959 Komfort
Chassis#: WP0ZZZ95ZJS900072
Sold for USD$1,485,000
  2014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
 
1988 Porsche 959 Sport
Chassis#: WP0ZZZ95ZJS905012
Sold for USD$1,100,000
  2014 Gooding & Company - Amelia Island Sale
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1988 Porsche Type 959's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1988 Porsche 959 SportWP0ZZZ95ZJS9050302019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $2,000,000$2,400,000
1988 Porsche 959 Comfort 2018 Coys : Schloss Dyck   
1988 Porsche 959 ComfortWPOZZZ95ZHS9000232018 Coys : Legende et Passion Monaco 2018 $800,000$850,000
1988 Porsche 959 KomfortWP0ZZZ95ZJS9001992017 RM Sothebys : Villa Erba $925,000$1,050,000
1988 Porsche 959 KomfortWP0ZZZ95ZJS9002482017 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island $1,000,000$1,250,000
1988 Porsche 959WPOZZZ95ZJS9000322016 Rétromobile 2016 by Artcurial Motorcars $1,200,000$1,400,000
1988 Porsche 959 KomfortWP0ZZZ95ZJS9001912016 RM Sothebys : Arizona$800,000$1,100,000$1,400,000
1988 Porsche 959WPOZZZ95ZJS9002162009 Bonham Les Grandes Marques à Monaco $200,000$250,000
1988 Porsche 959 CoupeWPOZZZ95ZJ59001052005 Bonhams Sports, Competition & Collectors' Motor Cars, F1 Memorabilia, Automobilia & Models $100,000$120,000

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