A Porsche 959 Sport Sold At Auction For An Absurd Amount

Record Auction Sales

If you thought the Porsche 911 R was expensive, wait until you see how much this 959 sold for.

Seeing a Porsche sell for eight-figure sums is practically unheard of, which is why the $1 million valuation of the Porsche 911 R at some dealers is so ridiculous. There are some exceptions, however. Recently, a 1988 Porsche 959 Sport, widely regarded as one of the all-time greatest sports cars ever made by the manufacturer, went up for sale at an RM Sotheby's Paris auction. We expected it to command a high price, but we never expected it to set a new record. It was estimated that this rare 959 Sport would sell for at least $1.6 million.

It made much, much more that, however, selling for €1.96 million. Using current exchange rates that equates to around $2.08 million and a new world record for the model. It comfortably beats the last 959 sold at auction in Arizona for $935k, and another which sold at an RM auction for $1.21 million in 2015. Staggeringly, this wasn’t the most expensive vehicle sold at the Paris auction. That would be a rare Ferrari Dino prototype which sold for €4.4 million ($4.7 million), followed by a Ferrari Daytona Spider for €2.15 million ($2.3 million) and a 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3 for €3.9 million ($4.2 million). When it first launched in 1986 the Porsche 959 was untouchable and way ahead of its time, making it a sports car icon of the 1980s.

You Might Also Like
Tough SUVs That Have Become Soft Family Haulers
Tough SUVs That Have Become Soft Family Haulers
The Ultimate Dream Car Garages
The Ultimate Dream Car Garages

Powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.8-liter flat-six engine that produced 515 horsepower, the lighter 959 Sport variant, limited to only 29 models, could reach 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds. At the time such statistics seemed utterly bonkers for a production car and still hold up decently well today.