Tony’s Take: The 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort began life as a Group B rally car. To qualify for FIA homologation, Porsche had to manufacture at least 200 road-legal production cars. From 1986 to 1988, the Germans manufactured 292 959’s, divided between Sport (roll cage, greater horsepower, 29 made) and Komfort. (In 1992/1993, Porsche built eight more cars assembled from “spare parts.”)
This 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort boasts an advanced chassis (aluminium composite) and a sequential twin-turbocharged engine (based on the Porsche 956 and 962 race cars, good for 444 hp). When it debuted, the 959 was the world’s fastest street-legal production car, accelerating from zero to sixty in 3.6 seconds, on to 197 mph.
Much of the 959’s street cred (and performance) was down to its Porsche-Steuer Kupplung (PSK) all-wheel-drive system, sending power to the front or rear wheels as traction demanded.
The new owner’s going to need some seriously deep pockets to garage this classic. Let’s go to the tape.
|Aug 18, 2022||Red/Black||31,664 km (19,675 mi)||$1,875,000|
|May 13, 2022||Red/Tan||25,935 kilometers (16,115 mi)||€1,437,500 |
|Feb 14, 2022||Red/Black||1,300 km (808 mi)||$2,120,000|
|Nov 6, 2021||White/Black|
(same car listed)
| 14,914 mi||$1,563,237|
Last year, RM sold this exact car for $1.5m. Given the strong market for collector Porsches, I say a stock 959 is worth at least 25 percent more today. I predict $1,875,000. The 959 has been overshadowed by the F40 for too long, but it will soon start to catch up.
Considering the recent surge in Ferrari F40 prices, this 959 could see an even a bigger bump, landing just shy of $2m. Even at that price, the 959 is a solid investment. By 2025-2027, pre-loved Porsche 959’s will be worth between $3m to $5m.
|Total Produced||300 (292 + 8 later models)|
|Number of Owners||NA|
|Condition||★ ★ ★ ★|
|Price When New||na|
|Highest Previous Price||$2,120,000 (Feb 14, 2022)|
|Auction House||RM Sotherby’s|
|My Prediction||$1,875,000 to $1.95m|