This ultra-rare 1985 Porsche 959 S prototype has just gone up for sale in the UK

One of the rarest examples of Porsche’s super sports car from the 1980s was just available.

Girardo & Co, a UK exotic vehicle dealership, has listed a prototype 1985 959 S for sale on its website. The sports car is one of three examples the German automaker built while trying to figure out how to bring the high-tech coupe to the US.

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It might not be as iconic as the 911, but the 959 is easily one of the best cars to ever roll off the Porsche production line. Born out of the development of a Class B rally car, it was essentially a street-legal race car that rivaled a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. It was certainly one of the most technologically advanced production vehicles of its time and, thanks to a 2.8-litre boxer engine, also the fastest when it was launched.

Inside the 1985 Porsche 959 S prototype - Photo credit: Girardo & Co.

Inside the 1985 Porsche 959 S prototype – Photo credit: Girardo & Co.

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The 959 was produced from 1986 to 1993. Only 345 examples were produced during that time – not for lack of interest, but because of the $225,000 sticker price – making it one of the rarest production Porsches. Only 29 of these were 959 S variants, destined for the US market as an upgraded ‘Sport’ version – basically a stripped down customer race car. The run also included 9 pre-production F series prototypes of the ‘standard’ 959 and three of the 959 S of which this is one.

Dubbed the F9, this particular prototype is painted black and was given to Vasek Polak by Porsche as a thank you for his role in developing the car, according to the sales listing. The only stipulation of the brand was that it must never be driven. Porsche was so careful that they did not include any keys with the vehicle. Luckily the car has since been put back into service – with the engine, fuel system, master cylinder, clutch and brakes all fully overhauled. It doesn’t have all the comforts of the production version, but it does have an ‘S’ steering wheel and matching black leather interior.

A 3/4 rear view of the 1985 Porsche 959 S prototype

A 3/4 rear view of the 1985 Porsche 959 S prototype

If you’re looking for a special 959, it’s hard to think of a better option than this example. Girardo & Co. doesn’t list a price for the vehicle on its website, so you’ll need to get in touch if you’re interested. However, we expect it to be steep as the 959 has been known to fetch up to $2 million in recent years.

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