This is a 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort, sure. It’s noteworthy both because it’s a balls-out supercar produced at eye-watering expense by a company keen on decimating the competition in the brutally aggressive Group B rally category. And then things went sideways. Group B evaporated, the United States declared the 959 an outlaw unregisterable for road use due to Zuffenhausen’s refusal to wreck any in crash testing. Until 2001, there was no way to even modify them to meet U.S. DOT standards. It was a mess.
Of course, now you can siphon a bit off of an offshore account, hand it to Bruce Canepa’s shop in Scotts Valley, California, and wind up with a road-legal 959. In this particular car’s case, the updates went beyond mere federalization—why not? Five years and $180,000 later, it’s claimed, this red Komfort model has been mostly converted to “Sport” specification, with a modified engine management system to meet California emissions, a couple of 993-spec turbos, and some upgraded adjustable lightweight suspension components.
The result is a car that’s a couple hundred pounds lighter, it’s claimed, and makes 576 horsepower. That’s well north of the 450 hp these cars made from the factory (at least without optional, period factory upgrades). Some more esoteric choices were also made: black-powdercoated original wheels, and an incongruous aftermarket amplifier prominently on display in the trunk. The last touch is more hooptie than $1M classic supercar, but it’s probably easy to remove (or better integrate).
Minor issues aside, it looks stunning in red. Bonhams expects it to bring around $1.25 million at the Quail Lodge Auction in August.