Tempting Porsches #27 – 959 Edition

Alright, this is California dreamin for sure, but I couldn’t help but put these into a Tempting Porsches post. I happened on not one, but TWO Porsche 959s on Craigslist of all places. The Porsche 959 has always been one of the ultimate Porsches for me. Still is today. Both are for sale by the same company, Canepa Design, a US based tuner of sorts also possessing a nice collection of rare race and road cars.

Tempting Porsche #1

The first is a “plain old” Porsche 959. It’s a 1988 silver model with only 7,650 miles on it. Here are some details from the ad:

In addition the factory magnesium wheels have been modified to accommodate current technology Michelin Pilot Sport 245/45/ZR17 front and 275/40 ZR17 rear low profile speed-rated radial tires. The wheels also include Canepa Design exclusive coating finishes.

Additional Canepa Upgrades
• HID headlamp conversion
•  959 sport steering wheel
• 340KPH speedometer
• Custom Canepa floor mats
• 959S specification suspension incorporating Canepa Design’s gas strut design and titanium coil-over springs.

Technical Specification
Engine: Flat 6, dual overhead cam (DOHC), 4 valves per cylinder (water cooled), twin intercooled turbo chargers, 2850cc
Transmission: 6 speed manual active all wheel drive
Chassis: Independent front and rear suspension, electronic all wheel drive and differential locking
Steering: Rack and pinion, power assist
Brakes: Brembo 4 piston calipers, cross-drilled ventilated rotors, ABS
Cub Weight: 2976 Pounds
Miscellaneous: Power windows and door locks, full leather with reclining sports seats, air conditioning, anti-theft, etc

Performance Data
0-60 MPH (est) 3.2 seconds

Quarter Mile 11.4 seconds

Top Speed 215+MPH

600 Horsepower — 540 ft/lbs Torque

Asking Price: $495,000

Here’s a link to more pictures on the Canepa Design site: Canepa Design Silver Porsche 959.

Tempting Porsche #2

The second Tempting Porsche is an even rarer car. It’s a 1988 Porsche 959S. One of only 29 built. The S stands for the Sport package which included a full roll cage, sport seats with racing seat belts, and a race tuned suspension. This one is in red and only has 5,970 miles on it. It also has a few nice upgrades. Here are some details from the ad:

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.

Performance Data
3.2 seconds 0-60 MPH
575 Horsepower — 540 ft/lbs Torque

Asking Price: $525,000

Here’s a link to more pictures on the Canepa Design site: Canepa Design Red Porsche 959S.


  1. Steep! I’d rather own a GT2 for the track and a GT3 for the street. And I’d still have money left over.

  2. ha! plain old 959. funny. I’d take it although I like the red.

  3. What a deal. I would buy a new 911 Turbo and have plenty of power to spare and plenty of money in my pocket.


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