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Offline AshSimmonds

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Pummelled by the ugly stick but man what a car!


Vehicle Overview

The Porsche 959 was by far the most technologically advanced sportscar when it was introduced in 1985. Porsche built only 226 of these supercars between 1987 and 1988. Their timeless design, state-of-the-art systems, and superior driving characteristics make them still one of the greatest sports cars of all time. Only 29 cars were built with the Sport package which featured a full roll cage, Sport seats with racing seat belts, and a race tuned suspension.

These cars are highly sought after and don’t come on the market that often. A Canepa Design 959 is very rare, and the S version is unheard of.

An American enthusiast living in Germany purchased this car in Frankfurt Germany in 1990. The car was serviced at the Porsche Factory and kept at a Hamburg Porsche dealership’s collector car showroom. It was only driven on weekend trips for the next eight years, never driven in the winter or in bad weather. The car was regularly maintained with the custom AM/FM/CD with remote Pioneer GMX 802 Amp as the only update performed.

Recently the car was imported to the US and entrusted to Canepa Design for the Federal certification process. The car is now fully US certified with all Factory recomended services performed and ready for the road.

The car received the Canepa Phase I engine upgrade and a cosmetic restoration and a full detail. Fuel lines were upgraded to accommodate modern fuel. Wheels were refinished in matt titianium and fitted with new Michelin Pilot Sport tires. The Canepa suspension upgrade was also installed which includes new custom shocks with titanium springs. A special “WerksI” steering wheel was also installed. The car was then fully detailed and is now in concours condition.

Canepa Design was instrumental in the passing of the “show and display” legislation, which allows these sought after vehicles to be driven in the United States for the first time. In addition, Canepa Design has invested five years of research and development to bring this awesome supercar to a new level of performance including California and Federal emissions compliance.

Phase I Engine Upgrade
An extensive engineering and development process included a new engine management system and converting the factory sequential turbo system with a Garrett Air Research twin turbo system. Upgraded fuel system, EGR, modern engine management system, F1 technology engine wiring harnesses, high output ignition system, upgraded alternator charge system and battery module, air pumps and air regulator valves, spark plugs, idle control valve, sensors, connectors, harness shielding, switches, adapters, hardware, etc. (369 components in all.) A complete new stainless steel exhaust system with dual stainless Porsche factory catalytics are utilized.

Canepa Design has re-engineered the factory wheels and developed a new bead design and modification which allows the installation of today’s state-of-the-art high performance ‘Z’ rated radial tires. Additional benefits include greatly improved handling and grip and an overall improved appearance.

Additional Canepa Upgrades
• Upgraded suspension incorporating Canepa Design’s gas strut design and titanium coil-over springs.
• Modified clutch system to improve pedal feel and actuation. This includes an improved pressure plate, disc, and modified clutch pedal assembly.
• “Werks I” Steering Wheel.
• 220MPH VDO speedometer.
• HID headlamp conversion.
• Custom Canepa Design floor mats.
• Custom fit car cover.

Performance Data
3.2 seconds 0-60 MPH
575 Horsepower — 540 ft/lbs Torque

Contact Canepa Design on (831) 430-9940 or Automobile Sales on (408) 656-1491

Offline tdc911

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Been on the market for a very long time. When I visited their facility last year, they had at least six 959s on site. Unfortunately, didn't have the time to pay a visit this year although they were competing in many races at the Historics.

Offline 98octane

Been on the market for a very long time. When I visited their facility last year, they had at least six 959s on site. Unfortunately, didn't have the time to pay a visit this year although they were competing in many races at the Historics.

What is their current market value? 

Offline tdc911

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What is their current market value?
One was auctioned while I was over there (as in less than a fortnight), a 'Komfort' version which had been tweeked by Canepa. Sold for $US412,500.

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