A Porsche 959 convene automobile that competed in a 1985 Paris-Dakar off-road continuation competition is channel a auction retard late Oct with an estimated $4.34 million cost tab trustworthy to it.
The 959 was engineered in a early ’80s to competition in a famed Group B convene series, that had unfortunately been shuttered by a time growth was complete.
Porsche motionless to make a best of a investments it’d already sunk in a 959 homologation highway automobile and enter a race-car in a 9,600-km Paris-Dakar in 1985, one of a many exhausting rallies of a period.
The association entered 3 959s in a continuation race, partly to use as prototypes to serve a growth of a 959 highway car, after worshiped as one of a many implausible supercars of a decade.
The 3.2-litre-powered 959 channel a auction retard during Ontario-based RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th Anniversary Sale in Atlanta, Georgia is one of those 3 1985 Paris-Dakar cars.
While it didn’t finish a convene due to a unsuccessful oil line – a other dual also DNF’d due to in-race accidents – it gave Porsche a leg adult on a subsequent 3 959s they entered in a Paris-Dakar a following year. Those 3 took a 1st, 2nd and 6th spots out of hundreds of entries.
The sale takes place Oct 27, and best guesses put a car’s auction cost during north of $4 million.