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  • RefCode: TA1115899
  • Make: PORSCHE
  • Model: 959
  • Derivative: COMFORT
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,988
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: Silver
  • RHD/LHD: LHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual
  • Currency: GBP

1988 PORSCHE 959 COMFORT

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  • RefCode: TA1135570
  • Make: PORSCHE
  • Model: 959
  • Derivative: PROTOTYPE
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,985
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: USD
  • Auction: 27th Oct 2018 - RM Sotheby's - The Porsche 70th Anniversary Sale

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' The Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction event, 27 October 2018. Estimate:$1,300,000 - $1,600,000 The seventh of twelve prototype 959s, one of perhaps three or four survivorsUsed by Porsche for testing and developmentFormerly owned by Vasek PolakRecent major service by Porsche Centre Reading Please note that Internet bidding is not available for this lot. Interested parties that are unable to attend the sale may register to bid by telephone or place a commission bid online at rmsothebys.com. The story of the Porsche 959 is one that is well known and one that symbolizes the Porsche company ethos over the course of the last 70 years. Continually looking to push the envelope in terms of both technology and performance, the 959 was born of the companys relentless pursuit of perfection. This was a car that once again reaffirmed Porsche as the leader in the sports car industry, as a company that stayed true to its roots but one that was never afraid of innovation.F7Within the realm of 959 production, our subject car falls into the earliest group of development cars, as an F-series prototype. These came before the V-Series pre-production cars and N-Series pilot vehicles. Twelve F-Series prototypes were built, and all are easily discernable from one another. This example was the seventh built, one of two built in Ruby Red. The other Ruby Red F-Series prototype was F2, which (like prototype F1) bore no air intakes on its rear arches due to its earlier 1983-spec body shape, while F7 bore more conventional 959 bodywork.Prototype F7 was earmarked for testing of electrical systems and hot weather testing and was used for these purposes by Porsche on the U.S. West Coast and in Europe. A number of photographs of the car in testing exist and can be seen in Jürgen Lewandowskis book 959: The Art and Car, including one photo of it posed alongside a 911 with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background and some with the car covered in snow. Furthermore, otherphotographs show the car with several different interior configurations, including having different seats fitted and an interior completely stripped of leather. During this time, the 959 certainly saw extensive use by Porsche engineers to ensure that the systems it tested would be ready for full production in a few months time.Most prototype vehicles owned by Porsche are sadly destroyed at the end of their testing period rather than being placed into storage or sold off to private customers, and this proved to be the case with the vast majority of the F-Series 959s. However, F7 is one of the few that escaped. At the end of its testing regimen, the car returned to Stuttgart where it was retrimmed. It is believed that at this point, noted Porsche importer and dealer Vasek Polak was made to purchase F7 along with its sister cars F6 and F9, under the premise that it would be fully restored, rebuilt, and converted to production specification to be sold as a customer car. However, Polak refused this andpurchased the car outright, insisting that no work be done on the cars prior to him taking possession. As a result, Polak was required by Porsche to never sell, race, or register the car for road use unless it was fully refurbished by the factory. POST-FACTORY OWNERSHIPUnder this agreement, F7 was imported to the U.S. for display purposes only, where it was then put on display at Polaks headquarters in 1988. There it remained until roughly 1990 when it was shipped to Japan to be put on display at the Matsuda collection. Following Polaks passing in 1997, the car was sold from his estate the following year to Belgium. There it remained until 2000 when it was brought to the UK after being purchased by Minesh Ruparelia of Leicester and was registered for road use at that time. After passing through James Mackie of Ascot, the car was purchased by Phillip Taysom in 2002. Taysom subsequently spent roughly £50,000 on returning it to running condition through servicing at both Gantspeed Engineering inLincolnshire and Porsche Centre Reading. Purchased by its current custodian in 2007, the car remained mostly in static storage in his ownership, and retains many of its original prototype features, differentiating it from its production brethren. A detailed list of differences compiled by Mr. Taysom illustrates exactly what differs from F7 and the production cars. This includes the absence of power steering, a fuel filler cap, ride height control, rear seat backs, the passenger side wing mirror (as was the case with all prototypes), alarm, a windshield washer, and white magnesium wheels.Conversely, the presence of a chart showing ancillary test circuits to the glove box, an earlier style drive-control stalk, additional wiring underneath the passenger seat, and hard mounting points for electronic equipment next to the rear seats also help to differentiate F7. Putting the car on a lift shows that two plaques riveted to the undertray are present, both stamped F7, along with a piece of masking tapestuck to the undertray, with 959 F7 written on it in black magic marker. This clearly was done during the cars period of testing by Porsche to help differentiate it from its sister prototypes. In the summer of 2018, F7 was sent to Porsche Centre Reading for a major service. It is worth noting that Porsche Centre Reading is the headquarters for Porsche Cars Great Britain and the only factory-certified 959, GT1, Carrera GT, and 918 Spyder service center in the UK. With invoices totaling to over £25,000, all fluids were changed along with a front axle gear change, replacement of front suspension dampers, a new battery, and new engine bay hood struts. Furthermore, a correct jack, manual, and service book were purchased for the car at this time. Invoices for this work, as well as invoices for previous work carried out by Porsche Centre Reading and Gantspeed Engineering, are included in the cars history file.It is well known that prototypes built by Porsche are often destroyed at the end of their periodof testing and only a precious few prototypes have escaped this fate, F7 being amongst them. Of the 12 F-Series prototypes, only three or four are believed to have survived, and F7 is thought to be the only running and driving example, leaving it as perhaps the earliest running and driving 959 in existence. Its significance in the history of the 959 cannot be ignored and remains today as one of the most interesting 959s in existence. It would be an astute acquisition for any collector, and it would surely be welcomed at a variety of events worldwide, where it would undoubtably garner much attention.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/po18.

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  • RefCode: TA1135578
  • Make: PORSCHE
  • Model: 959
  • Derivative: PARIS-DAKAR
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,985
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: USD
  • Auction: 27th Oct 2018 - RM Sotheby's - The Porsche 70th Anniversary Sale

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' The Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction event, 27 October 2018. Estimate:$3,000,000 - $3,400,000 Campaigned at the 1985 Paris-Dakar by three-time winner René MetgeOne of three Works-supported entries in the 1985 Paris-Dakar RallyOne of seven developmental examples; five of which are retained by PorscheDriven at the Goodwood Festival of Speed by celebrated Porsche driver Jacky IckxClass winner at the Amelia Island Concours dElegance and Quail Motorsports GatheringDisplayed at the Royal Automobile Club in London, UKInvited to the Petersen Automotive Museums The Porsche Effect exhibitPresented in its original 1985 Rothmans liveryAn important and authentic cornerstone of a Group B legend Please note that Internet bidding is not available for this lot. Interested parties that are unable to attend the sale may register to bid by telephone or place a commission bid online at rmsothebys.com. GRUPPE BDespite the enormous success of its production-based race carsthroughout its history, Porsche rarely developed such models as official factory entries, preferring instead to support them in the hands of privateer customers. One of the notable exceptions occurred in the mid-1980s with the advent of one of Stuttgarts most celebrated and advanced models, the 959.The twin-turbocharged 959 production car, which competed with the likes of the Ferrari F40 in the first wave of modern supercars, was originally conceived in a 1981 meeting between Porsche chief engineer Helmuth Bott and the recently hired president of the company, Peter Schutz. Bott had long imagined the ultimate ends to which the 911 might be developed, and Schutz approved an idea to explore that end through the exciting Group B competition class, where Audi, Ford, and Peugeot were proving the racing capabilities of new production technologies like all-wheel-drive and small-displacement turbocharging.At the Frankfurt Motor Show in late 1983, Porsche unveiled a concept car called the Gruppe B thatindicated the manufacturers intention of joining the fray of the formula-free racing format. Finished in all white with dramatically overhauled 911 styling, the Gruppe B concept was envisioned with a twin-turbocharged flat-six engine lifted from the companys shelved Formula 1 effort of 1980, a motor itself derived from the 935/78 Moby Dick powerplant.While this engine would eventually see use in the production examples and later racing derivations of the 959, the Group Bs homologation rules required 200 examples to be produced, so the new model was initially built from a highly modified 911 SC powered by a naturally aspirated 3.2-liter Carrera motor. As the Group B class evolved to more comprehensively embrace rallying over the following year, Porsche brass realized the format might not be the testing ground for the 959 that was originally envisioned.FROM PARIS TO DAKARAround this time, however, the longtime Porsche driver Jacky Ickx clarified his interest in developing a 956-based entrant in theParis-Dakar Rally, which he had previously campaigned in a Mercedes-Benz 280 GE Gelandewagen. Ickx was already driving Porsche 956 examples to great success for the Rothmans team, and Porsche welcomed his ability to bring sponsorship and corresponding development funding, an attractive combination of factors for the 959s evolution.Under the Rothmans banner, Ickx fielded a Porsche team of three cars at the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally. Based on the 911 SC RS, but internally classified as the Type 953, these cars were fitted with manually controlled four-wheel drive, and the standard 911 bodywork was modified with the substitution of aluminum doors, deck lids, and plexiglass for optimum weight reduction. To the great surprise of the entire field, René Metge and Dominique Lemoyne drove their car to outright victory, while Ickx and Claude Brasseur claimed 6th, and the third car finished in 17th place. Incredibly, all three cars completed the grueling 7,500-mile race.For the 1985 running of the Dakar Rally,Porsche unveiled three of the first purpose-built 959 examples, employing a new chassis and coachwork in the style of the Gruppe B concept. The featured example, chassis 010015, was one of these three entries. These cars were again powered by the naturally aspirated Carrera engine, but now featured fully developed all-wheel-drive components, and numerous computer-governed systems. Unfortunately, all three cars retired with mechanical issues, including the feature cars failure of an oil line about halfway through the race. Its sister car, driven by Ickx and Brasseur, would even hold the overall lead before hitting a large rock and retiring. The third 959 of Mass and Kiefer did not finish after an early accident.After the 1985 event, Schutz and Bott doubled-down on their commitment to the Paris-Dakar the following year by finally introducing the originally conceived turbocharged engine to the 959 and smashing the competition at the 1986 race with a 1-2 finish (with the third support car finishing in6th). While the street version of the 959 soon received the adulation of supercar enthusiasts everywhere, the rare Paris-Dakar examples produced from 19841986 were the true cream-of-the-crop for most Porsche racing experts. The 959 Paris-Dakar model has commensurately evolved into one of Stuttgarts most desirable competition cars, as the purest distillation of Helmuth Botts original concept for the ultimate all-wheel-drive Porsche.CHASSIS NUMBER 010015Ultimately, seven such development 959 rally cars were produced. Three each for 1985 and 1986, respectively, as well as one Le Mans prototype, dubbed the Type 961. Of these examples, five have been retained by the Porsche motorsports department or museum, while one car was later destroyed and subsequently sold as a bare shell. This incredible piece of Porsche development history is otherwise the only complete 959 rally car in private hands. This historically significant developmental example of the 959 claims important competition provenance, andlong-term private ownership. Chassis no. 010015 is one of three cars prepared specifically for the 1985 Paris-Dakar Rally. To satisfy homologation requirements, these 959 test mules were developed from 911 SC chassis and then substantially modified to 959 specifications. Incorporating the naturally aspirated 3.2-liter Carrera engine, all three cars were fitted with a new heavy-duty suspension and electronically administered four-wheel drive.Entered as #186, this 959 was piloted by 1984 champions Dominique Lemoyne and René Metge, the latter of whom had also won the Dakar Rally in 1981 and would win a third time a year later in 1986. Unfortunately, 1985 was not to be the year for Porsche, with this car winning two stages before suffering a ruptured oil line, forcing its withdrawal from the rally.Following the 1985 Paris-Dakar campaign, chassis 010015 was shelved from further competition use, and eventually entered a short chain of private ownership. Acquired by the consignor, a respected collectorbased in Virginia who has owned an enviable collection of great sports-racing cars, the 959 joined his collection of other notable racing legends. The Porsche was enjoyed for three consecutive years at the Goodwood Festival of Speed from 20042006, where it was also driven by Mr. Ickx and his daughter Vanina. In 2008, the 959 won its class at the Quail Motorsports Gathering in Carmel Valley, California, and soon after it was displayed in the lobby of the Royal Automobile Club in London.Currently prepared for future use at vintage events, chassis no. 010015 is fitted with engine no. 6380621, a correct 3.2-liter Carrera motor. An authentic period 959 Dakar motor that was probably used in the actual 1985 rally, engine no. 09-01005, also accompanies the car. As an authentic Rothmans team 959 used in the 1985 Paris-Dakar Rally, this car is one of but a small handful that established Porsches supremacy in the field of all-wheel-drive supercars. The future caretaker can expect a warm welcome atinternational concours delegance and Porsche events, or enjoy the 959s blistering performance at vintage racing events and exclusive rallies.Chassis 010015 displays overwhelming authenticity in its original 1985 Rothmans Paris-Dakar livery and would handily crown most any collection of Porsche competition cars. Dedicated Weissach enthusiasts are invited to consider what will undoubtedly be an unparalleled acquisition.Following the sale, this car has been invited to participate in the Petersen Automotive Museums continued display of The Porsche Effect through April 2019 a monumental exhibition that documents Porsches impact on contemporary visual culture through a curated set of vehicles within the Mullin Family Grand Salon. For further information, please refer to an RM Sothebys representative.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/po18.

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