And yet its second owner re-painted it black.
Only 337 examples were built beginning in 1986, and every single surviving one remains special and, not to mention, highly valuable to this day. The Porsche 959 started off as the German automaker's attempt to develop an all-wheel drive system for its famed 911, but it's become much more than that. When it launched, the 959 was the world's fastest street-legal production car, with a top speed of 197 mph. It was also the most technologically advanced road car of its time. As for its AWD system? It served as the basis for the 911 Carrera 4.
The Porsche 959 has steadily increased in value over the years and continues to be highly sought-after. That's why this one caught our attention. It's being offered by RM Auctions late next month at its Villa Erba event at Lake Como, Italy. This 1988 959 is the Komfort trim, the second one being Sport, and it's a two-owner car with less than 7,800 miles on the odo. Its first owner was from France who kept it until 1999, when it was sold to its current Italian owner. However, that second owner decided to repaint the Silver 959 to black because he wanted it to match his other cars. Apparently, this guy later decided he wanted to sell it, so he had an Italy-based Porsche specialist give it a full, bare metal re-spray back to its original silver.
This would make sense if the guy wanted to get top dollar. According to RM Auctions, the Silver exterior and Dark Grey leather with contrasting silver inserts is the most iconic 959 color combination, which this one has. It's said to be in outstanding overall condition and it's being offered for sale publicly for the first time in 18 years. It also comes with a file of service invoices dating back to '88, as well as a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. As for the estimated final price, the auction house doesn't have anything listed, but based on 959 sales in the recent past, a pretty good figure will be between $1.1 million to $1.8 million. Photos courtesy of RM Auctions.