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1988 Porsche 959 for sale in Australia

By Chris Thompson, 09 Jan 2018 News

1988 Porsche 959 side

Melbourne dealer has one of Stuttgart’s most desirable in the showroom

One of just 292 examples of Porsche’s legendary 959 is up for sale, right here in Australia.

More specifically, it’s in Melbourne, on the showroom floor of Lorbek Luxury Cars.

This 30-year-old porker is sitting patiently awaiting its new owner having been driven only 21,165km in its lifetime.

And it’ll need to be patient, too. It’s wearing a $2,495,000 price tag. Lorbek says it was imported to Australia in 2015 from Spain, where it was sold new.

1988 Porsche 959
Lorbek also says it has been “fastidiously kept like new, meticulously maintained with all original log books provided in the original Porsche leather wallet and documented Porsche Service manual, [with] new car delivery documentation by Porsche and both issued new car keys.”

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The 959 gained its legendary status almost immediately by being inspired by Group B racing, then going on to become a ‘record-breakingly’ fast car. Its top speed of 317km/h made it the fastest production sports cars at the time.

1988 Porsche 959 rear
It was able to knock over the 100km/h sprint in just 3.7 seconds, still incredibly quick today, thanks to its twin-turbo 2.8-litre engine (technically 2.85-litre, if you ask Porsche),  which puts out 331kW. It does help that the 959’s body was made of Kevlar, so the whole vehicle only weighs about 1450kg.

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In addition, its all-wheel drive system means it has the grip to put its power down ruthlessly, and it only came in six-speed manual – just for that extra purist appeal.

1988 Porsche 959 interior
But there are a few other oddities this car has going for it. The 959 had air-cooled cylinders, but water-cooled heads, and its turbos worked in tandem to sequentially cover the rev-range.

In addition, its electronically controlled trans-axle AWD came from the Porsche 953 which found success in the 1986 Paris-Dakar rally.

1988 Porsche 959 back seats
Essentially, it should go without saying that this is a very special car.

So if you do happen to find yourself the new custodian of this car, make sure you bring it by the MOTOR office. Please?