1989 Porsche 959 Sport
Any Porsche 959 is special, as you’d expect of what remained for years after its launch the most daring high tech supercar in the world, but the rarest and most radical 959 of them all was the Sport version. Think back to a generation earlier and Porsche’s previous great ‘homologation special’, the Carrera RS, which was available in Touring or Lightweight versions, and you understand why the factory offered 959 clients versions prioritizing either comfort or speed: not that either was lacking in the first place...
Exact 959 production totals vary depending on who you ask, but between 284 and 292 cars were built between 1986 and 1988, making it far rarer than most rivals from Maranello. Of these, just 29 were Sport versions and this is car no. 29.
The Sport weighed some 100kg less than the Komfort version thanks to weight saving which included fixed, stiffer suspension, deletion of the stereo system, air conditioning and rear seats, a roll cage and cloth upholstery with safety harnesses. The 959 Sport is believed to have the same power as the Komfort model, but official documents show this example was fitted by Porsche AG in Germany with a special Bosch Motronic engine management system and upgraded turbochargers to liberate over 500bhp (570.5bhp according to dyno test sheets with the car) in July 1990, believed to be one of three 959 Sports thus equipped.
Porsche documentation records that chassis ‘029’ was built to USA specification but originally delivered to the UK where it was first registered ‘F100 YRU’ on 4th July 1989. Its Guards Red livery makes an attractive change from the usual silver or white, and suits the slate grey cloth upholstery unique to the 959 Sport. Other options included a kph/mph speedometer, electric windows and roll cage and the paperwork notes the car was a direct delivery from Porsche AG in Germany. Careful inspection of the history file shows the following ownership sequence:
1989- Peter Lovett, Malmesbury (principal of Porsche dealership Dick Lovett Sporting Ltd)
1990- Chester Wedgewood, London (Porsche collector), now registered F959 CDW
1993- Goran Strok, Weybridge (Ferrari collector), purchased via AFN Porsche at 1,630 miles
1995- Paul Howlett, Stroud, purchased via Talacrest at 1,727 miles
1997- Bilmo Corporation, London, purchased via Talacrest at c.2,000 miles
1999- David Barber, Bridgend (aviation entrepreneur), now registered 35 FLY and with 3,610 miles
2003- G. Williams, London (banker and supercar collector), now with 9,425 miles
2011- Current German owner, now with 10,529 miles
In the present ownership the car has been serviced by Porsche AG’s Classic department, the last invoice (for circa €22,000) being available. German registered and with original tools, owners manual and sundry other books in their original wallet, this is a superb Porsche 959 Sport which is ready to impress a new generation of collectors.