Dare to Be Different:

Porsche 959 Speedster
Tribute Car!

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When introduced in 1986, the Porsche 959 was the world's fastest street legal production car. Since Porsche didn't agree to supply four of these rare supercars to the EPA so that they could crush them and confirm that the car was safe enough for Americans, not a single one of these cars was steet legal in the United States.



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It took Bill Gates -- back then the richest man in the world -- five years and millions of dollars in "donations" to politicians to get the "Show and Display" law passed, finally allowing him to drive his 959 on public roads up to 2,500 miles per year.

Most people have never seen a Porsche 959, as they are now in firm 7-figure territory and thus live in automotive vaults. So driving a Porsche 959 tribute car through traffic is quite an event.

Starting in 1988, CMC in Miami, Florida offered a Porsche 959 Speedster body kit to the public. It was to be mounted on a shortened Volkswagen floorpan, welded to a tubular steel frame structure. Customers could fit a multitude of engines and transaxles, budget being the limit.

The Porsche 959 Speedster tribute car featured here was built throughout 2009. Since the Boxer engine dates back to 1973, the car is Smog Exempt in the Golden State. The California BAR certified it as a Special Construction vehicle, persuant to the California SB-100 law. This Speedster comes with a clear California title and current registration and license plates.

The sparkling clean trunk houses a fuel tank, the brake master cylinder reservoir, and a battery, nothing else.

The body is constructed of reinforced fiberglass. The Speedster tonnau cover is easily removable and hides a small rear bench seat, should you desire to take man's best friend with you. Most striking, however, is how utterly stiff and solid this car is. There's no body flex and the doors and hoods shut with the typical "ping" sound of a Porsche.

The Indian Red paint is all original and in -- dare I say it? -- "perfect" condition. There are no dings, dents, scatches, rock chips, or other imperfections to note. None.

BBS-style mesh alloys with chromed outer rim are shod with B.F. Goodrich Advantage T/A radials all around. Purchased last year, they have less than 1,000 miles on them.

The aerodynamic chrome mirrors feature LED running lights.

Dash with upholstered top frames no less than 6 round Vintage instruments.

All of the gauges and lights work, but the speedometer is too optimistic and would benefit from calibration. Mileage shown on the odometer is now 11,499, believed to be the original and total mileage since the car was built 11 years ago.

Pro Car sport seats, covered in black leatherette, are brand new. They are mounted as low as possible. Leg room is plenty, even for a long legged pilot and his or her passenger.

Utterly impressive, wide rear end, with aero wing, genuine Porsche lights, and four exhaust pipes.

Motorvation comes from a 1.6-liter dual port Boxer, bone stock as far as we can tell. It's powerful enough to cruise at 75mph, but you can also install a turbocharged Corvair 6 or a Porsche 3.0 SC engine if your budget allows it.

The engine is clean as a whistle and runs like a scalded cat. There are no leaks or any other issues to report.


Undercarriage is 100% rust free, as you'd expect it from a California car that has never seen a drop of rain in its lifetime.
Note the tube frame, front and back.

The front axle is fully adjustable and there are adjustable coil overs on all 4 corners. All suspension parts and brake parts are new, and the car comes with a service file showing frequent maintenance. In plain English, the car needs absolutely nothing.

On December 1st we took the car out for a combined test drive and photo session.

The Speedster handles beautifully. Ride is firm, steering is tight. Brakes anchor the car with authority.

Wherever we showed up with the 959, we became the center of attention. We encountered more than one cell phone camera pointed at us while driving through downtown Ventura.

We have never seen another one of these 959 Speedsters with our own eyes. They are rarer than hens' teeth. If you dare to be different and don't mind being the center of attention, this car may be for you.
Opportunity calls, are you ready to answer?

Here's a 3-minute video of the car.


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You are most welcome to inspect this fine automobile at our location in Ventura, by appointment, or have someone inspect it for you.
Please, direct all inquiries to info@californiaclassix.com or call us at 805-792-9797.