One of my earliest toys as a boy was a remote-controlled (via cable, not radio!) Porsche 959 – so you might see this as a biased piece of news, but anyways who doesn’t love this great performance machine?
As it turns out if I had the cash I would try to bid – since the prospect of owning one of just 29 units made in the Sport guise for the 959 (itself limited to just 292 cars) is a chance of a lifetime. Now, on February 8 this exquisite Porsche 959 Sport will be up for grabs at an event organized in Paris by RM Sotheby’s. In “exceptionally original condition,” the car has the paint finished in the factory and could fetch anywhere between 1.5 and two million euros, according to the auction house’s estimate. This “highly original” 1988 959 Sport is part of the 29 unit production that was about 100 kilograms (220 pounds) lighter than the Komfort-spec.
Motivation is provided by the hearty biturbo flat-six 2.85-liter engine with 515 horsepower in the Sport version, sent to all four wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. The great hardware was enough to send the car when new to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.2 seconds and nail a new world record for the fastest street-legal production car at the time with a top speed of 197 mph (317 km/h) in May 1987. Just a year later, a Sport-spec version also went to the Nardo high-speed test track and reached an even more impressive 211 mph (339 km/h).