Saturday, February 22, 2020

1988 Porsche 959 Komfort

The Porsche 959 is an all-wheel-drive, twin-turbocharged, homologation car that represented the pinnacle of Porsche’s technological know-how. The car remains impressive 33 years after its debut. Porsche started developing the 959 in the early 1980s with a view to Group B rally racing. It’s engine used water-cooled cylinder heads atop air-cooled cylinders. Twin turbochargers worked sequentially, all but eliminating lag from idle to the 7,300 rpm redline. The engine produced 444 hp through a six-speed manual gearbox. The all-wheel-drive system used sophisticated electronics and an array of sensors.
The car could hit 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and do the quarter in 12 seconds flat at 116 mph. By the time Porsche built the 200 cars needed to homologate the car for racing in 1986, Group B racing was on the way out.
The record for highest sale price of a 959 Komfort is $1.7m at the Gooding & Co. Pebble Beach auction 2015. The market for 959s reached its peak around January 2016.

Currently a #1 condition 1988 959 Komfort is valued around $1.2m.