The Property of Nick Faldo, only 6,246 miles from new
1989 PORSCHE 959
Chassis No. WPO ZZZ 95 Z JS 900180
Red with grey leather interior.
Engine: flat-six cylinder, double overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder, twin KKK turbochargers, 2,849cc, 450bhp at 6,500 rpm: Gearbox: six speed manual, permanent four-wheel drive; Suspension: unequal length upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar with electronically controlled height adjustment. Brakes: power-assisted self-ventilated discs with ABS. Left hand drive.
The 959 is already regarded as one of the ultimate 'Supercars' ever produced and made available to the public. With only 250 having been built they are assured of their place in motoring history.
First created in 1983 for the now abandoned Group B racing series, then entered in the Paris-Dakar off-road rally, which it won, the 959 was based upon the 911 Carrera, with a similar steel tub and same wheelbase, similar cockpit, but little else in common. The muscular bodywork was an all-new design intended to make maximum use of surface aerodynamics, with a rear wing incorporated into the external ducts and a number of shapes to allow controlled air through the body. Porsche managed to achieve a 0.31 drag coefficient with zero lift. Materials used include doors and lid of magnesium alloy, a nose cap of polyurethane and the remainder a combination of a fibreglass/Kevlar composite.
The power comes from a highly developed version of the 911 flat-six engine with twin KKK turbochargers, twin intercoolers, four valves per cylinder and titanium con rods. The turbo operation is two stage, one permanently adding boost while the other phases in power as the revs rise above 4,000rpm. The air/water cooling system is as derived from the Le Mans-winning Group C cars having air-cooled cylinders and water-cooled heads. The four-wheel drive system is a unique and highly sophisticated arrangement providing the ultimate combination of speed and driver safety. The rear wheels are driven conventionally through a six-speed gearbox and the rear differential while the front wheels operate through a Porsche multi-plate control clutch in an oil filled chamber situated between the gearbox and the front transverse differential and the rear differential is locking. With aid of computers and wheel-mounted speed sensors the 959 can be programmed to four different driving conditions, which will alter the torque between front and rear wheels. At all times the system is able to adjust to the conditions even during cornering. Hazards such as ice during rear wheel slip will be compensated by front wheel drive.
Other high-tech features include computer-controlled shock absorber suspension control; one set stiffens as speed rises whilst another lowers the car over 95mph to improve the aerodynamics. A manual over-ride is also provided. There is hydraulically assisted rack and pinion steering, ABS braking, special safety tyres with run flat capability and pressure loss sensors. With a manufacturer's quoted top speed of about 190mph and the brilliance of the Porsche technology providing supreme road-holding and safety together with comfort and style, the 959 brings the qualities of a racing car to a road driver.
It is not surprising that the client list of these remarkable cars reads like a who's who of 1989, with buyers ranging from institutions, to car museums to celebrities, nor perhaps is it surprising that a number of the buyers were sportsmen.
1989 was also a phenomenally successful year for world renowned Professional Golfer Nick Faldo, for it was the year in which he won his first Masters title. Arguably the most successful British golfer of all time Nick Faldo went on to record two further Masters wins, the following year in 1990 and then staging a remarkable comeback from 6 strokes behind Greg Norman, to win again in 1996. To date he has won 27 European Tour titles, including 3 British Open Championships. Mr Faldo's car is a second generation 959 of which just 20 examples were constructed.
Mr Faldo's interest in motor cars is perhaps not widely known, but became particularly public in 1998 when a former girlfriend took a nine