Introduced in 1986, the Porsche 959 won immediate acclaim as the world's fastest and most technologically advanced road going production car built up to that time. Included among its features were a twin-turbocharged engine with an air cooled block and water cooled heads and a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system that helped get its great power to the road by improving traction in all conditions.
The system was so successful that it was made stander on the Porsche 911 Turbo beginning in 2004, a full 18 years after it debuted on the 959. The body was built up from an aluminum and Kevlar composite to keep the weight as low as possible.
The 959 was built in limited numbers through 1989 in order to qualify it as a "production" car for Group B rallying.
Unfortunately, restrictive American government emissions and safety regulations prevented Porsche from offering the 959 in the United States, although a small number were "federalized" at great expense by independent firms for private customers.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco and in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
Source: Peterson Automotive Museum; RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Pieter E. Kamp