RE: Porsche 959: Time for Tea

RE: Porsche 959: Time for Tea

Tuesday 30th January

Porsche 959: Time for Tea?

The barrier to most people buying the all-wheel-drive wundercar was price. Unless you were an American in 1988



It goes without saying that the Porsche 959 deserves the Petrolicious treatment in any circumstance - Zuffenhausen's idea of a Group B rally car being among its most evocative engineering triumphs - but that goes double when you're reminded of the travails that the model's American buyers had to go through to finally experience their purchase on the road.

We won't spoil the story, except to say that it revolves around Bruce Canepa, the former racing driver and current Californian dealership owner, who went above and beyond to ensure that imported 959s wouldn't see out their lives as museum pieces (or, in the case of Bill Gates' car, as a talking point for the Customs Service, after it famously languished at the Port of San Francisco for 13 years).

As an aside, it's worth noting that the Show and Display law which eventually resulted - allowing low volume cars of historical or technological significance to be approved by the NHTSA without destructive testing - meant that models as diverse as the Aston Martin One-77, Ford RS200, Jaguar XJ220, Lamborghini Diablo GT and Mercedes CLK-GTR could be imported, and driven on the public highway.

So we can add 'making America better' to the long list of 959 virtues.

 

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cybersimon

Original Poster:

174 posts

98 months

Tuesday 30th January
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First line of the article

"It goes without saying that the Porsche 595 deserves the Petrolicious treatment in"

How do you spell Nine Five Nine Pistonheads?

numtumfutunch

2,510 posts

67 months

Tuesday 30th January
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If only the "show or display" rule was a UK/EU directive that meant it was mandatory to put 5000 miles a year on anything deemed by the PH collective to be a potential "flipper"

Loyly

16,104 posts

88 months

Tuesday 30th January
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The 959 is one of my favourite sports cars of all time. It's easily my favourite Porsche, and is truly the stuff that dreams are made of. Magnificent.

dibblecorse

4,030 posts

121 months

Tuesday 30th January
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cybersimon said:
First line of the article

"It goes without saying that the Porsche 595 deserves the Petrolicious treatment in"

How do you spell Nine Five Nine Pistonheads?
Maybe the article was meant to be about the cheeky little Abarth but the PH Porsche fanboys got all confuddled and realised we hadn't had a Porsche centric article in all of 15 minutes ?????

Gameface

2,452 posts

6 months

Tuesday 30th January
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The standard of articles and proofreading on here is atrocious.
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TinRobot

4,069 posts

17 months

Tuesday 30th January
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I used to have a poster of a 959 on my wall. (or was it the 595?) Glorious oddity and a bit overlooked. One is tucked in a corner at the Porsche Museum. It still looks terrific (ignore the panel alignment and the crap photo please).




Edited by TinRobot on Tuesday 30th January 19:56

Dinoboy

1,194 posts

146 months

Tuesday 30th January
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Always loved the 959!

knight

4,987 posts

208 months

Tuesday 30th January
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I recently found a 959 poster that I had on my bedroom wall when I was at school, I'm 46 now! smile

TinRobot

4,069 posts

17 months

Tuesday 30th January
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knight said:
I recently found a 959 poster that I had on my bedroom wall when I was at school, I'm 46 now! smile
Same age so we likely had the same poster - car was silver if I remember.

The Green Triangle

65 posts

15 months

Tuesday 30th January
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Good car the 959...I always remember fighting over this or the F40 in top trumps....

Anyone own both?

BIRMA

2,292 posts

123 months

Tuesday 30th January
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There is some fantastic footage of them at the Paris Dakar what a car.

GranCab

1,106 posts

75 months

Tuesday 30th January
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Nic Cockupp strikes again ...

FocusRS3

1,696 posts

20 months

Tuesday 30th January
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Love these cars . Especially the fact that the now bankrupt Boris Becker collected his from the factory and immediately maxed it on the autobahn. Top lad

fatboy69

7,375 posts

116 months

Tuesday 30th January
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Beautiful & effortless to drive.

Complex car for its time. The last of the ‘Grouppe B’ cars.

I loved my time behind the wheel of The Patrick Collections silver car.

HTP99

11,951 posts

69 months

Tuesday 30th January
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The 959 is right at the top of my Euro millions win list, closely followed by the McLaren F1.

I've always loved the 959, from the moment I saw on at an Earls Court motor show, I've only ever seen one on the road and that was in my home town outside KFC, back in the early 90's.

I've an Autocar in my work desk drawer, with a 959 roadtest, I must dig it out; haven't a clue from what year it is though.

Richard A

169 posts

105 months

Tuesday 30th January
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cybersimon said:
First line of the article

"It goes without saying that the Porsche 595 deserves the Petrolicious treatment in"

How do you spell Nine Five Nine Pistonheads?
Slightly appropriate, I suppose, as it's only 2 away from the Porsche 597 Jagdwagen which was the first Porsche badged car with 4WD (so not counting the Porsche-Cisitalia 360).

b11ocx

223 posts

193 months

Tuesday 30th January
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I remember one overtaking me on the M1 in the late eighties.... it was almost shockingly fast !

bungle

1,283 posts

169 months

Tuesday 30th January
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TinRobot said:
knight said:
I recently found a 959 poster that I had on my bedroom wall when I was at school, I'm 46 now! smile
Same age so we likely had the same poster - car was silver if I remember.
And me. Definitely silver. Big poster. Got it from the motor show.

Big GT

399 posts

21 months

Tuesday 30th January
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As a kid loved these. Remember the Tamiya RC 959 rally car with 4wd?

Time passed and I had long forgotten the 959 until one summers day I around 15 years ago I disembarked off a roundabout to head up a long quiet straight Nottinghamshire A road in Robin Hood land.
Flooring my 300zx I thus overtook 2 chavy hatchbacks feeling good. Whilst my foot was still bedded into the carpet a superbike of some sorts was up my backside hence after shuffling to the left (still floored) screamed passed me. Tailing this bike was a white 959 in all the livery, the bikealist had to pull left and Porsche just left us all.

Not only did it look and sound wonderful, never have I seen a car shift so quick on public roads.



Tin Hat

708 posts

138 months

Tuesday 30th January
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There was an interesting article about the 959 in Octane a while ago, the tech in the magnesium wheels caught my attention, apparently they are cast hollow and they become a pressurised void with the tyre- They also have a TPMS system that was possibly a first on a production car.

Amazing piece of engineering.