1987 Porsche 959


Canepa is offering this Porsche 959 for sale. One Northern California owner for 21 years. Factory special order black leather interior. 1,989 miles since Canepa “Stage One” 959 conversion. 600hp, 540 ft/lbs torque. Extensive Canepa 959 upgrades. CA Emissions Legal. 

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1987 Porsche 959

The revolutionary all-wheel-drive Porsche 959 was by far the most technologically advanced sports car of its day. Porsche built only 292 of these supercars and their timeless design, state-of-the-art systems, and superior driving characteristics make them one of the greatest cars of all time.

In the ‘90s Canepa was instrumental in the passing of the Show and Display legislation that allowed these vehicles to be imported and driven in the United States. Optimistic that these amazing cars would soon be US road legal, Canepa began the extensive engineering and development required to modify the 959 to meet EPA and California emissions standards.

It is well known that meeting emissions standards takes a toll on performance, so Canepa’s team, along with support from Porsche, undertook a program to increase output to 600hp. Modifications incorporated numerous upgrades including new engine management system, Garrett AiResearch twin turbos, ignition system, upgraded wastegates, upgraded fuel system, upgraded alternator charge system and battery module, titanium heat shielding, redesigned stainless exhaust, etc. (369 new components in all).

Canepa purchased this Porsche from its original owner in 2001. Along with the engine upgrade, this 959 has received numerous mechanical/service upgrades and modifications. The suspension has been upgraded to Canepa 959S specification, including the installation of titanium coil-over springs and Bilstein 959S gas struts updated with the latest valving technology. To finish off the package, the factory alloy wheels have been modified to accommodate current-technology Michelin Pilot Sport 245/45/ZR17 front and 275/40 ZR17 rear low profile, speed-rated tires, and refinished in Canepa’s Magnesium Graphite coating.

This is a rare opportunity to own one of the world’s great supercars. Combining the world-class comfort of a touring GT with the jaw-dropping performance of a modern supercar the 959 is ideally suited to the kind of collector that enjoys driving. 00055 has been fully mechanically and cosmetically serviced to Canepa Difference concours standards, and is ready for show or high-speed enjoyment.

Horsepower: 600
Torque: 540 ft/lbs
0 to 60 mph: 3.2 seconds
Quarter Mile: 11.4 seconds
Top speed: 215+ mph

Technical Specifications
Curb weight: 3040 lbs
Engine: 2847cc water-cooled flat 6 with dual overhead cam (DOHC), 4 valves per cylinder and twin, intercooled turbochargers,
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Driveline: All Wheel Drive and differential locking
Suspension: Independent front and rear
Steering: Power-assisted rack and pinion
Body: Steel unitized body, Kevlar body panels, aluminum doors and front deck lid
Brakes: 4-piston Brembo calipers with cross-drilled ventilated rotors and ABS
Additional: Power windows and door locks, full leather reclining sports seats, air conditioning, anti-theft, 220 mph 959S speedometer

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