The Porsche 959 was arguably the finest supercar of its era (1986-1989). Beneath its fiberglass-reinforced Kevlar and aluminum body panels hid some of the world's most advanced automotive technology, including an innovative all-wheel-drive system, a twin-shock suspension offering adjustable ride height and damping, four-channel ABS and run-flat tires. With the power of its rear-mounted twin-turbocharged 2.8-liter flat-six, developing 450 horsepower, the Porsche was capable of hitting 60 miles per hour in less than four seconds and a top speed of nearly 200 mph – performance numbers that are still highly respectable today.

If you've always wanted to get your hands on one (legal issues kept Porsche from importing the $225,000 coupe to the States in the 1980s), now is the time. Barrett-Jackson will be auctioning a 1986 Porsche 959 factory prototype at its Scottsdale event next week. This particular vehicle, a V-series prototype based on a 930 Turbo platform, was used for chassis development, brake engineering and high-speed testing. Porsche built 29 prototypes like it, but most were scrapped after the program ended. According to Barrett-Jackson, it is one of just two running prototypes and one of only four survivors.

Before you whip out your checkbook and plan your 959 summer road trip, you should know that this prototype isn't certified for public roads (and its odd stance suggests that it needs a bit of work to get back into running shape). Regardless, with a history this interesting, its value is only going up.


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      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      Such awesome cars. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mFleLfedrU F40 and 959 on Top Gear.
        Generic
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m_2012
        I kinda suspect that those cars "broke down" on Top Gears test track because they would have still put the smack down on many newer cars.
      sanmusa
      • 1 Year Ago
      Barrett Jackson? That means the guys on TV show will spend 2 minutes blabbering some nonsense about a Porsche supercar, then spend the next five or ten minutes going over some overly chromed, 1960s overpriced camaro.
      DriftWeezle
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, I must have missed when Porsche and Pontiac developed a joint product. My eyes is bleedin'!
      Carpinions
      • 1 Year Ago
      A car that is often overshadowed by the Ferrari F40, but no less impressive. The inability to import it to the US at the time I think is why it's more obscure as a supercar. But how many people remember a twin-turbo 6-cylinder engine 1 liter smaller than the current GTR's (I forgot it was that small in terms of displacement), with advanced-for-its-day AWD, could not only put up similar HP numbers as the first couple years of the 21st-century R35 GTR, but could also rocket to 60 in what is only now the sub-4 second supercar norm, while also having a 200+MPH top speed? This car was a masterstroke nearly 30 years ago, and just like the F40 - but for different reasons - it is a timeless piece that will remain the turning point for Porsche as a company, forever.
        wrxfrk16
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carpinions
        Truly the biggest shame is that Group B collapsed out from under it. If it had been able to compete, it would likely have been just as legendary as the incredible F40.
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nothing beats AWD and a Turbo combined with a manual transmission and low curb weight...... Even today that is a super rare type of vehicle..... You never see all 4 components together. One is always removed to make it less serious and avoid warranty claims. Today you mostly see this..... AWD and a manual with no turbo AWD and a turbo but no manual Turbo and manual but no AWD And finally, the vehicles that DO have AWD + Turbo + manual, tend to be 5000lb trucks. So yeah naturally this combination is timeless.... mostly because no one will build it due to it's seriousness.
      Andre Neves
      • 1 Year Ago
      A car waaaay ahead of it's time.
      telm12345
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of my favorites from the 80's. I think Bill Gates owns one.
      ga7smi
      • 1 Year Ago
      how do you spell understeer in German? - PORSCHE
      alistair.dillingham
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cars in the 80s were really, really lousy compared to today's cars. The 959 was a supercar then, but regular 911s of today, and esp the 911 Turbo, is far superior.
      4gasem
      • 1 Year Ago
      This was my dream car back in the day... My father was a Porsche guy, but I knew I'd never see one of these in the garage... Awesome car.
      canuckcharlie
      • 1 Year Ago
      read aout it in a recent car&driver...what a marvelous piece of engineering even by today's standards
      Turbo_S60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wats Man I wish I had the money for that, I've always had a soft spot for the 959
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