Introduced in 1983 as a prototype for Group B, the 959 raced briefly but successfully (winning the Paris Dakar rally and a class win at Le Mans).
The 220 left hand drive road cars came in Comfort or Sport model (the latter with no rear seats or air con), both were technological masterpieces that set incredible new standards for performance. A twin-turbo flat 6 engine (based on the 962 racer) coupled with a 6 speed box and 4 wheel drive gave shattering acceleration - the first road car to break 4 seconds to 60mph.
Computers controlled everything from ride height to breaking and even torque split between front and rear wheels. Many of the 959's pioneering features have now found their way onto Porsche's more 'mainstream' models.