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1988 Porsche 959

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1988 Porsche 959

San Diego, CA White · 25,507 miles
-Ultra-rare, special order, special wish example -Unique one of one configuration -Two owners from new -Matching numbers -Complete records, receipts and documentation from new -Complete original books, tools, safety equipment and spares packaging -25,507 original kilometers from new (15,849 miles) -Perfect mechanicals and cosmetics -All services and safety checks current and up to date Year 1988 Make Porsche Model 959 Type KOMFORT VIN No WPOZZZ95ZJS900191 Kommission No 100 Engine No 65H00262 Engine Type M959/50 Gearbox No 75H00270 Gearbox Type G59/01 BAUR Body No 5390163 BAUR Production No 195 Exterior Color Grand Prix White (Code P5) Interior Color Special Order Leather to Sample (Dark Blue Code 99) Carpeting Special Order to Sample (Dark Blue Code 99) Ordering Dealer Porsche Factory Direct Client Delivery ( WERKSAUSLEIFERUNG ) Completed May 4th, 1988 First Registered May 5th, 1988 Delivered May 6th, 1988 Mileage 25,570 Kilometers (15,849 Miles) Options: -Special Order Options Exclusive Client Request WERKSAUSLEIFERUNG -Interior Color Special Order Leather to Sample (Dark Blue Code 99) -Carpeting Special Order to Sample (Dark Blue Code 99) -Sport Seats Left and Right with Electric Heat and Height Adjustment -Seats Special Order Solid Color -Special Bridgestone Tires -Vehicle to Domestic German Road-Rule Specifications -Factory Direct Delivery with Road Registration Porsche 959 Background: A stunning expression of Porsches technical prowess and unwavering commitment to victory, the 959 continues to electrify sports-car enthusiasts even today, 30 years after production commenced. Conceived following the 1980 installation of Peter Schutz, who as Porsche company president favored intensive development of the 911, the 959 was rooted in the all-wheel-drive 911 concept debuted at the 1981 Frankfurt Motor Show. This was followed by the twin-turbo Gruppe B of 1983, inspired by the short-lived FIA rally class. Introduced to great anticipation at the 1985 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 959 was built upon a highly modified galvanized body shell derived from the 930, but radically updated. Lightweight composite body panels included the first production use of DuPont Kevlar, plus aluminum for the doors and front lid, and a polyurethane nose cap. Almost relentless wind-tunnel testing yielded zero lift, high downforce, and optimal cooling airflow. Underpinnings featured three ride-height positions and shock-damping settings, microprocessor-controlled ABS brakes with ventilated, cross-drilled discs, and run-flat tires. The 2,849 cc flat-six featured water-cooled cylinder heads, twin sequential turbochargers, and intercooling to deliver 450bhp. Power was transmitted through electronically controlled all-wheel drive. Top speed was just over 200mph, with acceleration from rest to 60 mph achieved in just 3.6 seconds. Exact production numbers are a bit elusive but Ian Kuah published the following in Excellence Magazine based on direct Factory production quotes: 1985 16 Preproduction prototypes 21 Preproduction models 1987 106 Komfort models 7 Sport models 1988 149 Komfort models 29 Komfort models partially converted to Sport models for the USA market 1992 8 Komfort model poduction recommenced using spare parts From the above tables, in all variations and forms it would appear that a total of 336 examples were built. Porsche however further confused the situation by stating repeatedly that a total of 339 examples were built. It is likely that some of the preproduction prototypes and preproduction models were rebuilt as production examples. Further confusing the situation, Porsches states that 242 Komfort models were completed, for the official production model years 1987 and 1988, it appears however that a total of 255 standard Komfort models were actually completed if the above figures are to be believed. Initial orders were processed with a purchase price of just over $300,000. The actual selling price was meaningless to Porsche as it was rumored at the time that actual build cost was probably double that figure with sales sales being exclusively geared towards highly favored and loyal clients as well as a variety of notable celebrities and motor industry and motor sport key figures. More recently after Porsche Client Services began a new program of service, restoration and upgrades for 959 owners, they stated privately, that actual build cost divided by the number of completed examples translates to an individual build cost of each 959 at more than $750,000. Those fortunate enough to buy one new at the original invoiced price likely had no idea of what a bargain they were actually getting.

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