In the 1970s and ‘80s, many cars lost power and performance due to the oil crisis and emissions controls. However, during that time, Porsche and Ferrari made two legendary machines that laid the groundwork for their most popular nameplates—the 959 and the 365 GT4 BB.
We live in an age of unprecedented automotive performance. That doesn’t mean that a car from decades past can’t show up and embarrass new ones.
You can keep your Porsche 918 Spyder. The Carrera GT is just okay. You can even have the "widowmaker" original Porsche 911 Turbo. As far as badass Porsches go, in my book nothing beats the 959.
[Beaming toward you from the future, with AWD and twin turbos, the Porsche 959. I have no idea why it's sitting on coffee beans. Photo Credit: Porsche]
Here's a true story, proof that if you hang around long enough something bad is going to happen and you'll probably be the cause of it. Such is life. It also remembers a one-in-a-million car guy we lost recently. Read on.
The Porsche 959 is one of the most legendary cars to ever hit the street or the track. It changed the supercar game forever and redefined what a Porsche could do. Now, you can go inside one of the first ones ever built.
The Porsche 959 needs no introduction. It's arguably the greatest Porsche ever made, the granddaddy of most modern supercars, and a legend in auto racing.
Porsche doesn't need a flux capacitor to turn back time. It's got a shop where the most haggard, wrung-out and beaten-down members of the vast Stuttgart diaspora can be rebuilt and rejuvenated. Welcome to Porsche Classic. Don't step on any 959s, please.
Maybe it's the sweet smell of forbidden fruit, but there's something about the Porsche 959 that's kept it near the top of many American enthusiast lists for nearly a quarter-century. Why someone let this one sit for 23 years without starting leaves me gobsmacked.
Given that Stuttgart only built twenty-five, the answer is "never." Canepa Design has this one sitting on its showroom floor in Scotts Valley, California, just outside of San Francisco. Shouldn't every afternoon have a little German ubercar in it?
928 headlights, slant nose front, 959 bodykit, Speedster convertible top; this custom 911 combines the design cues from some of the most iconic Porsches ever, yet manages to combine them in the worst way possible.
First production Porsche to top 300 kilometers per hour. On its own, a rather impressive standard to bear, but coupled to the tectonic shift in technology necessary to reach that milestone, the Porsche 959 stands as a true engineering masterpiece. The mythic beast that dominated many a boyhood bedroom poster wall came…