Back in the old days, the government regulations in the United States forbade the import of Porsche’s 959 model – making it one of the collector’s forbidden fruit icons.
The supercar’s legendary status is now again a thing of timely fashion, because it has grown older like a fine wine and the laws are no longer an issue. The 959 is now legal in America, and Mecum wants to mesmerize affluent collectors with a beautiful unit that is heading to the auction block during Monterey Car Week – with a price tag of between $1.1 million and $1.3 million. This 1987 model is in Komfort trim and counts as number 36 of 292 produced – and has been adorned in Porsche’s famous Guards Red with a Triple Gray interior. The supercar’s heart and soul is of course the 2.8-liter biturbo flat six with 444 horsepower linked to a five-speed manual and an all-wheel drive system. As a cutting age thing in the 1980s, there’s adjustable ride height and damping from controls in the cabin.
The model was sold in Germany in October 1987 and opted for a McIntosh sound system with CD player – and the sale also comes with a binder of service records with nearly $30,000 of invoices, according to Mecum. With the supercar being so rare in the US and prices of rare vintage Porsche still on the rise, the list price might be topped easily.