Porsche’s desert-racing 959 heads to auction for the first time ever


Of all rear-engine Porsches that were spawned from the 911, the 959 is perhaps the most coveted. It also served a pivotal role in the evolution of the 911, as the AWD system developed for the 959 was the genesis for the 911 Turbo models that would follow. But before the production 959 would hit the street and set the bar for supercars, it would first try its luck in one of the most grueling off-road races on Earth, the Paris-Dakar Rally.

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