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A stunning expression of Porsche’s technical prowess and unwavering commitment to victory, the 959 continues to electrify sports-car enthusiasts today. Conceived following the 1980 installation of Peter Schutz, who as Porsche company president favored intensive development of the 911, the 959 was rooted in the all-wheel-drive 911 concept debuted at the 1981 Frankfurt Motor Show. This was followed by the twin-turbo Gruppe B of 1983, inspired by the short-lived FIA rally class.
Introduced to great anticipation at the 1985 Frankfurt show, the 959 was built upon a highly modified galvanized body shell derived from the 930, but radically updated. Lightweight composite body panels included the first production use of DuPont Kevlar, plus aluminum for the doors and front lid, and a polyurethane nose cap. Almost relentless wind-tunnel testing yielded zero lift, high downforce, and optimal cooling airflow. Underpinnings featured three ride-height position and shock-damping settings, microprocessor-controlled ABS brakes with ventilated, cross-drilled discs, and run-flat tires. The 2,849 cc flat-six featured water-cooled cylinder heads, twin sequential turbochargers, and intercooling to deliver 450 bhp. Power was transmitted through electronically controlled all-wheel drive. Top speed nudged 200 mph, with acceleration from rest to 60 mph achieved in just 3.6 seconds.
According to Excellence, Porsche built 339 examples, including 242 Komfort street models. While priced at some $300,000 new, the actual per-car cost was double, making the 959 “Porsche’s gift to its favorite customers.”
Delivered new to Germany on October 28, 1988, this 959 is one of just three originally finished in black and, it is believed, the sole black on black example produced. Showing approximately 10,000 km (6,200 miles) of use at the time of cataloguing, this 959 clearly benefits from regular service, confirmed by the entries in the original service booklet. The 959 remained in Germany until 2013, when it was sold to a new owner in Monaco and then to the current owner, who exported it to the US.
This very special 959 delivers even better performance than the basic models that left the factory when new, having been upgraded to the factory-developed Stage II specification by the Porsche Classic Centre in Stuttgart. Thanks to smaller and faster-spooling turbochargers, more efficient intercoolers, and a remapped ECU, this 959 develops a pulse-pounding 542.6 bhp, nearly 100 more than stock. Following minor damage to the front end of the car, a front bumper was sourced from Porsche and fitted; to ensure perfect finish matching, the decision was made to completely repaint the car, with the job entrusted to Ross Packard and performed to great effect.
As offered, this very rare and special 959 is accompanied by invoices for all the aforementioned Stage II upgrading work done by Porsche, and the car is complete with its original set of factory-issued books, tools, and keys. This 959, with its extremely low mileage and rare original color combination, remains a strong contender for one of the most sought-after Porsches of the last 30 years.
This 959 shows very well and offers substantially better performance than a non-Stage II car. This very well-maintained, and Porsche-upgraded Stage II 959 Komfort provides an exceptional opportunity to acquire one of the finest of its kind.