Despite the advent of exclusive luxury sale sites like Jameslist, the near-omnipresence of Craigslist now attracts the highest end in addition the lowest, which explains the smattering of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and occasional Bugatti. Today’s find (thanks to Jalopnik) exceeds even the Veyron in terms of rarity. A mere 226 Porsche 959s were made, and only 29 had the Sport package present on this car (roll cage, race seats and suspension). I won’t recount here the myriad ways in which the 959 is awesome, but if you don’t know, you have some very exciting research to catch up on.
Canepa Design deserves thanks from all Porsche lovers for helping get 959s street legal in the US after many years of sketchy gray-market status. They’ve also apparently upgraded this already-nuts 959S:
Phase I Engine Upgrade
An extensive engineering and development process included a new engine management system and converting the factory sequential turbo system with a Garrett Air Research twin turbo system. Upgraded fuel system, EGR, modern engine management system, F1 technology engine wiring harnesses, high output ignition system, upgraded alternator charge system and battery module, air pumps and air regulator valves, spark plugs, idle control valve, sensors, connectors, harness shielding, switches, adapters, hardware, etc. (369 components in all.) A complete new stainless steel exhaust system with dual stainless Porsche factory catalytics are utilized.
Canepa Design has re-engineered the factory wheels and developed a new bead design and modification which allows the installation of today’s state-of-the-art high performance ‘Z’ rated radial tires. Additional benefits include greatly improved handling and grip and an overall improved appearance.
Additional Canepa Upgrades
• Upgraded suspension incorporating Canepa Design’s gas strut design and titanium coil-over springs.
• Modified clutch system to improve pedal feel and actuation. This includes an improved pressure plate, disc, and modified clutch pedal assembly.
• “Werks I” Steering Wheel.
• 220MPH VDO speedometer.
• HID headlamp conversion.
• Custom Canepa Design floor mats.
• Custom fit car cover.
3.2 seconds 0-60 MPH
575 Horsepower — 540 ft/lbs Torque
Not too shabby. I truly believe the 959 is one of the most pants-crappingly awesome cars ever built, and this example is epic. If you’re looking for the ultimate Porsche, go ahead and skip right past the GT2, Carrera GT, or hell, even the GT1. This is the one to have.