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1987 Porsche 959

Developed as a customer racer, with an extreme price tag of $325,000, not a single customer was interested in the 961 when a privateer could purchase a cheaper 962 and enter into the IMSA GTP category. It was better to seek an overall victory rather than settling for a class win, which is why this was the sole car Porsche built. Based on the modified Porsche 959 the Porsche 961 was a racing vehicle that was developed for Group B category to race alongside Group C in the World Endurance Championship races. The 961 did not have the electronic controlled suspension that the 959 had.

Introduced in 1982, Group B category was not successfully expanded outside rallying. The FIA had a 'Group B evolution' regulation for endurance racing which allowed for a slight degree of modifications to the 200-off production model by only producing 30 such vehicles. Near the end of 1985, the FIA eliminated Group B for circuit vehicles due to the lack of interest from entries. At the time the 959 was redeveloped and designed into the 961 to race also in the IMSA GTX category which was then entered into the Le Mans 24 hours only in '86.

Sadly the IMSA GTX didn't attract as much attention from car makers as well as spectators, the 961 didn't really prove its superiority. Besides Le Mans, the only other race that the 961 competed in was the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1987. Unfortunately, the sole class entrant was destroyed by fire on its third race during the 24 hours of Le Mans in the same year, short-living the 961's career. Had it been given suitable regulation the 961 would have been a successful racing vehicle.

By Jessica Donaldson

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1987 Porsche 959 vehicle information

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Chassis Num: WP0ZZZ95ZHS900113

Porsche began the development of the 959 in 1983 and was based loosely on the 911 Carrera with the objective of winning the proposed production-based Group B rally competition. The project involved the use of molded composite bodywork, along with man....[continue reading]

1987 Porsche 959 vehicle information

Coupe

Porsche launched the groundbreaking turbo, all-wheel-drive 959 without undertaking its certification for the USA. Prior to the passing of the 1999 'Show and Display' law which allowed relatively easy importation, a few 'gray market' cars were importe....[continue reading]

1987 Porsche 959 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: WPOZZZ95ZHS900125
Engine Num: 65H00117

Throughout the 1950s and onwards, Porsche's lineup of small sports cars routinely battled against cars pushing much more power. The designs were revolutionary and set many new standards. In the early 1980s, the company would set about doing it all ov....[continue reading]

1987 Porsche 959 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: WP0ZZZ95ZHS900110

This Porsche 959 was completed in October of 1987 and finished in Guards Red and given heated, electrically adjustable sport seats. It has a burgundy and gray tri-color cloth interior and is believed to be the only known Komfort in this color combina....[continue reading]

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Chassis #: WP0ZZZ95ZHS900113 
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Coupe
Chassis #: WPOZZZ95ZHS900125 
Coupe
Chassis #: WP0ZZZ95ZHS900110 


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