Secret and fascinating history of the six Porsche 959 built after production ceases
There are moments in the history of motorsports in which a milestone marked. The Porsche 959 is a blatant case of a mark as sometimes hits a qualitative leap that will mark a before and after in its history, and incidentally that of those around him. A while Madrid-registered 959 went to auction in California and is not the only one who has gone through an auction and has surpassed one million euros. Not for less car created by Porsche for Group B rally. And such was the impact of this car did not die once finished production.
The 959 was considered the most powerful road car and technology of the moment. While it is true had the six-cylinder engine 911, but that surrounded the heart was unheard. AWD system variable torque selector to send more power to a shaft or other, magnesium wheels, pressure monitored tires and a six-speed gearbox. While the engine was refrigerated air, using water-cooled cylinders and the two turbos worked at a time. All this in the 80s, in an almost identical engine to which the mark had mounted the Porsche 936 and 956 that dominated Le Mans, only more domesticated for street use.
The technological challenge involved building each unit was huge for Porsche, which at that time it was a small, independent, far from the current strength and protection under the VAG Group company. This meant that in early 1988 it was finalized production 959 Komfort more because of how expensive it turned out. However, it seems that Porsche will overran enough pieces to complete up to six puzzle that ended up being extra six units built in 1992.
Porsche confirms that those cars were manufactured, but his story is far less fascinating. The greatest expert on Porsche 959 is called Bruce Canepa. This gentleman has imported, it had sold more than 959 modified and no one in the world (even said to have one with 750 hp). He confirms that existed and that tOdos were commissioned by the same person, a collector of Macau who bought them for him and a friend from Hong Kong. Who is this whimsical entrepreneur? It seems we'll never know.
according to Porsche They were manufactured in total 294 Komfort and 29 more not included in that list as Sport models. The last car to leave the production line's technological 80s the number 288 was engraved on the chassis. So, Where were those six that completed the 294 units?
It is said to be six, but as they were built in order maybe less, maybe more. The only certainty is that it is impossible to identify with the naked eye, Porsche built with the pieces left over from production and did exactly as in 80. As the brand never made known their existence, these units are valued as the first ones did.
The question is how the brand may have many parts and spare parts and decided to make six more units with the cost would imply. Tap out the calculator. In 1984 Porsche was a company economically buoyant and 959 project was approved. Two years later the reality was quite different. Porsche had accepted 250 orders with a deposit of more than $ 22,000 per car.
But unfortunately the cost of each car was higher than had been calculated. That's right, a German brand had made a miscalculation. The expert says Canepa each car at the time was about $ 300,000, but the actual cost was 720,000, more than double. Porsche more money Did you ask your customers? No, they assumed the error and costs of each unit. To make matters worse, 959 had not been approved in the United States, so they canceled all orders and returned the money to customers. Something that can even come them well since the costs of such approval Of course they would bankrupt for the brand.
With this situation the mark was enough leftover parts and chassis to make a few more units. They never would have done if the wealthy businessman from Macau had not ordered and had paid twice per car. He simply was a unique opportunity to recover lost money.
An opportunity that fell from heaven and took advantage, because if Porsche were bad results in the death throes of the 80s, 90 start was catastrophic. To put this in perspective, Porsche sold 14,000 cars worldwide in 1993, far from the 200,000 sold last year. So 1992 was commissioned a small patch their battered accounts.
What has become of those 959 1992? All in the hands of private collectors, none would not even by an auction, but would be sold by word of mouth. The original owner of Macau remains a mystery since He has never wanted to reveal his identity. 959 expert Bruce Canepa said that this mysterious man will surely keep some units and have in the US, but has never led, or even seen, so if one day we see at auction with a Porsche 959 ridiculous mileage for a car with almost 30 years It may be one of those 959 noventeros.
Source: Road & Track