• Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
  • Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2013 Noah Joseph / AOL
While Porsche was unveiling the new Nürburgring-dominating 918 Spyder downstairs in Hall 3 here at the Frankfurt Messe, there was another Porsche supercar quietly and discretely on display upstairs in the same hall. That, of course, was the 959. But not just any 959: this was the original Gruppe B prototype.

The 959 was first developed as a rally car in the early 80s to compete with the likes of the original Audi Sport Quattro S1, Ford RS200 and Lancia Delta S4. But Zuffenhausen soon saw its potential as a production road-going supercar, emerging as a technological marvel to challenge the decidedly linear approach of the Ferrari F40. It still stands as a groundbreaking supercar in its own right, but also lead to the first all-wheel-drive 911 Turbo and set the stage for the Carrera GT and aforementioned 918 Spyder that followed to cap the top of the evolving Porsche range.

This original Gruppe B prototype, which presaged the production 959, packed a 450-horsepower 2.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six into an even sleeker form than the final version that followed. We caught up with it on display as part of a display of 80s German classics, of which this 959 prototype immediately stood out as the pick of the proverbial litter. Check out the hotness in the high-resolution image gallery above.


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      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      This vehicle is timeless, and the performance 20 years later is still heroic. The 959 truly was one of a kind...
      mitytitywhitey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Compared to a lot of Porsche variants, this one looks special, yet still classy. Not quite as flashy as a Carrera GT, but definitely not just a 911 with fender flares either.
      Phil
      • 1 Year Ago
      A legend. Truly awe inspiring.
      caydiz
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 1984 288 Ferrari GTO was developed alongside the 959 in the eighties and not the F 40 which came later than the Ferrari GTO and the 959, both developed for Group B competition. But Group B racing never materialized and the 959 and Ferrari GTO never competed against one another. Cay Dizon Macon, Georgia
      caydiz
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 1984 288 Ferrari GTO was built alongside the 959 for Group B competition but the series was cancelled and the two never competed side by side. The F-40 came later. Cay Dizon Macon, Georgia
      carnut0913
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gruppe B was the $h!t. Ford's RS200 is still one of my favorite all time, though all of them stand out. It wasn't a bright star but the RS200 and E2 have a warm home in my heart. 30 yrs later and those 3.5 0-60 times are hard to beat.
      rebman70
      • 1 Year Ago
      That 959 still knocks me out when I see it. Like Christie Brinkley; been around for years, but still hot. Someone broke the wheel cover on the driver rear wheel. Oops.
      Bao
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow! What a wave of nostalgia. Back in 1986, had a 959 cut-out poster on my bedroom wall and raced my Tamiya 959 RC rally car...
      hessi
      • 1 Year Ago
      In my teens I was always a 959 guy, compared to most of my school mates clearly voting for the F40. Having a 959 owner just one village over actually helped a lot, he basically used it as a daily driver and I saw him at least once a week... good times!
      alfredschrader
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm an auto manufacturer. There are many items on a car that the average car buyer has no idea about.
      argenta
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a great misunderstanding the 959 was to rally, other than the Paris-Dakar. It was never, and could never, be up against cars like the RS200, 205 or the Delta S4. It's not a rally car as you can plainly see.. The RACING class Group B is another story! Also, the first 4WD 911 wasn't the Turbo but the 911 Carrera 4 in 1989. Over'n'out // Mr. Besserwisser!
      Andy Drake
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still as elegant and sexy as it was on day one. Man this car brings back childhood memories.
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