Two ultra-rare 959s designed for an Arab sheikh in the 1980s are the ultimate show of excess.
The '80s was a great decade for cars and those who love them. Group B rally cars were sporting turbocharged engines producing well over 600 hp and manufacturers like Porsche and Ferrari were producing some of the wildest supercars which made previous generations of high-performance cars look like toys. The Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959 represented the latest in automotive technology, especially the venerable 959 which showcased the pinnacle in Porsche design and development.
Originally designed to compete as a rally car in the infamous Group B class, the 959 won the Paris-Dakar rally, and was the fastest car in the world for a full year, as well as the first car to break the 190 mph barrier before being outdone by the Ferrari F40 with a top speed of 202 mph. The cutting edge 959 made waves when it was first released, and Porsche was eager to please its high-end clientele by offering exclusive services that allowed customers to go a bit crazy with the options list.
The Porsche Museum will be showcasing two 959 cars out of a collection of seven previously owned by an Arab sheikh; one sporting a coat of red paint, the other adorned in gold. The red car is the most conservative of the two, which is saying something, and features real wood trim, a custom gear knob and a matching red interior that reminds one of the elevator scene in The Shining. The gold car, on the other hand, is a full-blown showcase of 1980s extravagance and opulence with matching gold interior, gold wheels, and even a pair of gold-trimmed exhaust tips.
The cars will be placed on show at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany where the gold car has lived since 2011 and will be used as examples of Porsche's Exclusive Manufaktur program.