For over 70 years, Porsche has introduced numerous race cars which would become icons of the brand. One of those race cars was the Paris-Dakar Porsche 959. For those who know their 959 history, the Porsche 959 rally cars actually pre-date the production cars.
Originally intended for Group B rallying, it was due to homologation rules that the 959 actually became a road-going supercar in 1985. Unfortunately, it didn’t get to compete in Group B as the series was closed down. Instead, Porsche sent it to Africa to compete in the Paris-Dakar rally.
Today, one of the Porsche 959’s that ran the Paris-Dakar rally will be going up for auction. RM Sotheby’s has announced that the very first 1985 Paris-Dakar Porsche 959 – chassis number 010015 – will be going under the hammer at an auction this coming October at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta.
This particular 959 with the #186 Rothman’s livery entered the Paris-Dakar rally in 1985. It was piloted by Dominique Lemoyne and René Metge, who won the Paris-Dakar in 1981, 1984, and later on in 1986 with a 959. Chassis no. 010015 was not able to complete the rally in 1985 due to an oil failure, which forced its retirement.
Despite not being able to complete the rally, it did serve as a test bed for the 959. The following year, Porsche would dominate the event by entering three 959s and finishing in 1st, 2nd and 6th overall.
So far, no other Paris-Dakar 959s have ever gone up for auction. This marks the first time Porsche’s iconic rally car will ever go under the hammer. RM Sotheby’s expects this 959 to fetch around $ 3 million to $ 3.4 million. Should that be too expensive, another 959 is also up for at the same time albeit a road-going 1985 prototype.