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RM Sotheby’s to Auction Paris-Dakar Porsche 959 Rally Car

RM Sotheby’s to Auction Paris-Dakar Porsche 959 Rally Car
1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar, Robin Adams © 2018
(Courtesy: RM Sotheby’s)

RM Sotheby’s announced the latest highlights for its upcoming Porsche 70th Anniversary auction, set for October 27 at the Porsche Experience Center Atlanta (PEC). From the early years of Porsche represented by the Super Speedster announced last month, RM Sotheby’s shifts its focus to the 1980s and the marque’s iconic Group B supercar — the 959.

“One of just three examples built for the 1985 Paris-Dakar Rally — thanks to the encouragement of six-time Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx who finished the Paris-Dakar race in sixth place in a Porsche Type 953 911 in 1984 — the model would serve as a 959-development prototype, representing Porsche in the most grueling rally of all. These three cars were equipped with the naturally aspirated 3.2-liter Carrera engine, however were fitted with the suspension, modified four-wheel drive system, and body panels developed for the new 959,” the auction house reported.

Chassis no. 010015, the example set for RM Sotheby’s auction stage at the PEC Atlanta, was driven in the 1985 Paris-Dakar as #186 by Rene Metge (winner of the Paris-Dakar in 1981, 1984 in a Porsche Type 953 911, and 1986 in a Porsche 959) and Dominique Lemoyne. Of the 552 entries in the rally, just 146 completed the 14,000km race. Unfortunately, 010015 retired due to oil line failure, while the other two 959s were involved in accidents. Though the car on offer did not finish the race, it certainly served as a testbed for the three 959s entered by Porsche in the 1986 Paris-Dakar, which dominated the event, finishing 1st, 2nd, and 6th overall, proving the incredible potential of the model.

Alexander Weaver, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s said: “It is fantastic to be able to offer one of the very few 959 Paris-Dakar rally cars at auction, especially at our Porsche 70th Anniversary sale.” “Just six of these impressive machines were ever built, with five examples surviving and perhaps a mere two or three, including this car, in private hands. The Paris-Dakar presents in as-raced, highly original condition, and is being commissioned to complete running order prior to the sale in October.”

The RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction is an exclusive, single-marque auction to be held at the home of Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) in Atlanta. Set for the weekend of October 27, the sale shortly follows official U.S. 70th anniversary celebrations taking place in 2018 and will feature approximately 70 of the world’s most important and most sought-after, privately-owned collectible Porsche models, spanning the marque’s illustrious 70-year history as a sports car manufacturer.

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