Is This Porsche 959 Replica Really Worth $336K?
21 October 2017 - motor1
It's up for sale on JamesEdition.
The 959 remains an icon within the Porsche community. Just 337 examples were produced – including 37 prototypes and pre-production examples – between 1986 and 1993, each at a cost of around $225,000 when new. Today, getting your hands on a relatively clean example will set you back more than $1 million – but one seller is asking significantly less for his handsome example, though there's is a catch.
Available for purchase through JamesEdition, this Porsche 959 asks a mere $336,000. It comes finished in a lovely red exterior, has driven just over 36,000 original miles (57,936 kilometers)... and it's a replica. To be fair, it's not just some garage-built, half-hearted attempt at making a quick buck.
This 959 replica was built on the body of a 1995 993 Turbo, so you know it has good bones. It's driven 36,412 miles (58,600) in total, but just 8,600 of those miles (13,840 kilometers) came after the car was converted in 1998. Under the hood is a 359-horsepower (268-kilowatt) six-cylinder engine, meaning it's down a bit on powered compared to the 444 hp (331 kW) that came on the 959 when new, and it comes paired to a 993 manual gearbox.
In the cabin, red and black leather with red accent stitching and carbon fiber accents coat nearly ever inch. The seller says the car is in perfect condition, and comes with working A/C, electric windows, radio, semi-electric seats, a central lock, and an alarm. The car was serviced less than five months ago, and is registered on Spanish plates. It's available for sale in Marbella, Spain.
But the question remains: is this 959 replica really worth the six-figure asking price? Given that a new or nearly new 959 is out of the question for most, this seems like the next best option. A similarly reimagined Porsche 911 done by Singer will set you back no less than $350,000, so this particular example seems like a supercar bargain.