1988 Porsche Type 959

1988 Porsche Type 959 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: WPOZZZ95ZJS900153

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 Bo....[continue reading]

1988 Porsche Type 959 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: WPOZZZ 862JS90093

There were a total of 283 Porsche 959's produced with 83 created as 'Sport' models and 200 as 'Komfort' versions intended for street use. The original price was $300,000 which was believed to be half of what it cost Porsche to produce. In other words....[continue reading]

Derived from the 911, the 959 was conceived in 1981 by Porsche's head engineer, Helmuth Bott, and approved by CEO Peter Schutz. The Group B rally car prototype introduced at the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show and later as a legal production car from 1986 ....[continue reading]

1988 Porsche Type 959 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: WP0ZZZ95ZJS900154
Engine Num: 65H00150

When Porsche unveiled their Type 595 at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1985, exceeding 200 mph in a street car was almost unfathomable. The Type 959 had a top speed of 197 mph, but it achieved that figure while carrying a number of features that were con....[continue reading]

1988 Porsche Type 959 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: WP0ZZZ95ZHS900149

This Porsche 959 Komfort is finished in a rare color of Graphite Grey metallic, with a Dark Grey leather interior with Silver inserts and Grey carpeting. It has the optional heated sports seats with electric height adjustment and seat inserts done in....[continue reading]

Chassis Num: WP0ZZZ95ZJS900203

Even by today's standards, to have a supercar with a backseat seems practically impossible and not a little bit wrong. Porsche would not heed conventional wisdom, in fact, the company would be at the fore of laying out just what a supercar really was....[continue reading]

1988 Porsche Type 959 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: WP0ZZZ95ZJS900152

This Porsche 959 was delivered new via Sonauto Porsche France to the original unknown owner. In 1992, it was sold to Werner Wollet of Germany at only 1,465 km. In 1999 it was purchased by Bruno Scarpellini of Italy at just 8,894 km. The current owner....[continue reading]

1988 Porsche Type 959 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: WP0ZZZ95ZJS900248

Porsche built 339 examples of the Type 959, including 242 Komfort street models. Their exclusivity was established by their price tag which was in the neighborhood of $300,000 new. The actual per-cost was double, making the Type 959 a gift from Porsc....[continue reading]

Coupe
Chassis #: WPOZZZ95ZJS900153 
Coupe
Chassis #: WPOZZZ 862JS90093 
 
Coupe
Chassis #: WP0ZZZ95ZJS900154 
Coupe
Chassis #: WP0ZZZ95ZHS900149 
Chassis #: WP0ZZZ95ZJS900203 
Coupe
Chassis #: WP0ZZZ95ZJS900152 
Coupe
Chassis #: WP0ZZZ95ZJS900248 

History

In 1981, development of the 959 began. Helmut Bott, the head engineer at Porsche, wanted to create a sports car based on the 911 that would take their product to the next level in performance, technology and design. He began by collaborating with Peter Schutz, the Managing Director at Porsche, about his ideas. The ideas proposed were to continue with the rear engine configuration, examine the potential of all-wheel drive, and to put the prototypes through extensive testing and research in the form of racing competition.

Prior to 1999, the 959 was not street legal in the United States. The United States Department of Transportation required that all manufacturers supply four vehicles for crash testing - Porsche refused and thus, never certified by the NHTSA for use. In 1999, the 'Show and Display' crash test requirements were removed and importation of the 959 became legal. Emission regulations require the vehicle to be fitted with catalytic converters and other minor modifications to be made before it is street legal. Many owners refuse and their vehicles remain as show pieces rather than road-legal automobiles.

The 959 uses an aluminum and kevlar composite that keeps the vehicle low in weight while maintaing strength. The 2.8 liter engine is mounted in the rear while powering all 4-wheels. Instead of creating a new engine, Porsche used the twin-turbocharged Boxter six-cylidner power-plant. The air-cooled block, 4-valve heads, and water cooled cylinder heads, coupled with the turbochargers were capable of producing 450 horsepower. The engine had been used for multiple projects such as the Porsche Indy Car, 'Moby Dick' race car, and the 961. As a result of the lightweight car and extremely powerful engine, the car could propel from zero to sixty in just 3.6 seconds and had a top speed of nearly 200 miles-per-hour. When a car approaches 200 miles-per-hour, it becomes very unstable. To address these potential issues, Porsche engineered the aerodynamics, suspension, and automatic ride-height to keep the car stable at speeds.

The all-wheel drive system was very advanced. The Porsche-Steuer Kupplung (PSK) system was capable of changing the torque distrubtion between the front and rear wheels. This aided in slippery conditions, under hard acceleration, and other conditions that may cause a weight-distribution bias.

In 1983, the 961 version was introduced. This race-prepared version captured two wins at the 1984 and 1986 Paris-Dakar Rally. It was entered in the grueling 24 Hours of LeMans where it finished 7th place overall.

In 1987, the 959 street version of the 961 race car went on sale for a mere $225,000. Even at that hefty price tag, it was far less than what Porsche had paid to have it developed and produced. Production continued until 1990. During that time, 226 European street-legal examples were produced.

The Porsche 959 and 961, in all respects, were sports cars with super car status.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2006

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