It’s a car that made automotive history and changed laws, and it’s possible for you to own one. On Nov. 30 in London, British auction house Bonhams will have a 1988 Porsche 959 Komfort crossing the block, and as their website describes, “even today its specification remains unparalleled.”
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Classified as being a Condition 2 car, this particular 959 was used by its only owner to commute between Stockholm, Sweden, where he lived, and his business in Bologna, Italy. At approximately 1,300 miles one way, it’s understandable that the odometer has approximately 16,900 miles on it. That being said, these cars weren’t created by Porsche so that they could simply collect dust.
When it was first introduced as a concept at the 1983 Frankfurt Auto Show, the Porsche 959 was heralded as not only the most advanced sports car created, but as one of the very first supercars. With 456 hp created by the twin-turbocharged, 2,849 cc 6-cylinder boxer engine, the 959 is capable of reaching 195 mph. At the time of its release, it was the fastest street-legal production car in the world, and only 337 were ever produced.
These were just a few of the reasons why Bill Gates not only purchased one of the original 959s, but fought to pass new regulations regarding vehicle import laws in the United States. As we detail in our article about Gates’ 959, it was impounded at customs as soon as it arrived, which inspired the creation of “Show and Display” laws to allow historically significant cars that are under 25 years old to be approved for import, despite an inability to meet either NHTSA or EPA regulations.
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Though over 20 years old, this 959 Komfort is in incredible condition and ready for a new chapter in its life. “ In preparation for sale, the car recently underwent a full no-expense-spared service at Porsche Sweden and is described as in generally excellent condition,” states Bonham’s description.
Including the original tool kit, owner’s handbook and Swedish registration papers, this lot is expected to have a final sale somewhere between $630,000 and $780,000.
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