Lot 19

2016   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2016

1988 Porsche 959 Komfort

SOLD $1,320,000


$1,300,000 - $1,500,000



Car Highlights

Outstanding Color Combination
Groundbreaking, FIA Group B Rally-Inspired Tour de Force
One of Only 242 Komfort Models Built
Low-Mileage Example with Less Than 8,200 Km
Offered with Books, Tools, and Extensive Service Records

Technical Specs

2,849 CC DOHC Flat 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin KKK Turbochargers and Intercoolers
Bosch MP-Jetronic Electronic Port Fuel Injection
450 BHP at 6,500 RPM
6-Speed Manual Transaxle and All-Wheel Drive
4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes with Hydraulic Assist and ABS
4-Wheel Independent Double-Wishbone Suspension

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that this car is titled 1987. Also note that this car will not be sold for use or resale in California or to a non-dealer California resident.

Register to Bid

Ramón Alberto Imery Arroyo, Caracas, Venezuela (acquired new from Porsche AG in April 1988)Private Collection, Switzerland (acquired circa 2005)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

A stunning expression of Porsche’s technical excellence and unwavering commitment to racing, the 959 continues to electrify car enthusiasts worldwide. More important, the 959 demonstrated the basic 911’s amazing potential with incredibly sophisticated specifications, exotic lightweight materials, cuttingedge aerodynamics, and shattering performance. It evolved following the 1980 installation of Peter Schutz as Porsche company president, as he favored intensive development of the 911. The initial result was a one-off, all-wheel-drive 911 at the 1981 Frankfurt Auto Show, followed there in 1983 by the twin-turbo Gruppe B, inspired by the wildly popular FIA rally class.

Racing provided the ideal environment to develop the all-wheel drivetrain,following Porsche’s change in focus from the FIA World Rally Championship to long-distance rallies. The unflagging experimentation was validated by 1984 Paris-Dakar winners René Metge and Dominique Lemoyne, who won with Porsche’s 953, a highly modified 911. For the 1985 Paris-Dakar, Porsche debuted the 959-type six-speed gearbox with the Carrera 3.2 engine, and by 1986, the works Paris-Dakar cars neared the final 959 specification, with twin-turbo engines propelling Lemoyne/Metge to another victory. These high-profile international wins heightened anticipation for the 959, which reached a fever pitch at its 1985 Frankfurt debut.

The 959 was based upon a highly modified body shell derived from the 930Turbo, radically modified and updated. Lightweight composite body parts marked the first automotive production use of DuPont Kevlar Aramid fibers, with aluminum utilized for the doors and front lid, plus a polyurethane nose cap. Extensive wind-tunnel testing resulted in zero lift, high downforce, and optimal cooling airflow. Underpinnings featured three ride-height positions and three shock-dampening settings. Brakes included microprocessor-controlled ABS, augmented by ventilated, cross-drilled discs. Tires were of run-flat design.

The 959’s 2,849 cc flat-six engine featured water-cooled cylinder heads, twin sequential turbochargers, and intercooling, resulting in 450 bhp at 6,500 rpm, with power transmitted through an electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system. Top speed was nearly 200 mph, with acceleration from rest to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. Just 242 Komfort street models were built. Even at $300,000 new, the per-car cost was actually twice that, inspiring the 959’s status as “Porsche’s gift to its favorite customers.”

Sold new in April 1988 and accompanied by a copy of the sales invoice from Porsche, this 959 is a German-market vehicle, originally finished in Silver Metallic over a Dark Grey all-leather interior. While already incredibly well equipped, this 959 was further optioned with left and right Sport seats and an alarm system. Service records on file show the 959 accumulated just 4,977km of use through January 11, 2001. By September 2005, the 959 resided in Zürich, Switzerland, and received comprehensive service during 2005, 2006, 2011, and 2014 by noted specialists AMAG Automobil- und Motoren AG and the Swiss Porsche Center at Schinznach Bad, with mileage recorded on service invoices and totaling only 7,240 km on April 30, 2014. During 2015, Lukas Hüni AG offered the 959 for sale and a pre-purchase inspection was completed by Porsche expert Rolf Sprenger on April 10, 2015. Within his report, Mr. Sprenger stated, “First of all, the car is in very good condition optically … and technically. It is very seldom nowadays to find a 959 with such low mileage and in such good condition.”

The car was shipped to the US and then sent to Callas Rennsport in Torrance, California, where it was again inspected and any items requiring care rectified, with invoices detailing the expert “cost no object” care this 959 has received since its arrival. As confirmed Porschephiles are well aware, unmodified, original-specification 959s are extremely rare finds in the US today, particularly low-mileage examples with well-documented service by respected Porsche specialists. Accordingly, this very well-preserved and maintained 959 provides an exceptional opportunity to acquire one of the finest available.