The development of any new model requires a lot of time and huge investment, especially if it is a new flagship car from Porsche. When the 959 supercar was in development, the automaker built 12 test prototypes, known as the F-series prototypes, ahead of pre-production cars and production pilot vehicles. These cars are easily distinguishable from each other, and one of the existing examples is now on sale.
The seventh car finished in ruby red (one of the prototypes of this color) has a body that almost looks like a production 959. This test car was designed for testing electrical systems and hot weather testing and has been tested on the West Coast of the United States and in Europe. During this process, several different interior fittings were installed, including one with different seats.
This prototype is one of the very few survivors of the F-series, as Porsche destroyed most of the 12 test cars it made after the 969 hit production lines. The car was imported to the United States in the second half of the 1980s and was on display at the headquarters of Porsche importer and dealer Vasek Polak. It was then shipped for demonstration activities in Japan before being sold to Belgium and the UK a few years later.
If you’re trying to figure out the differences between a standard 959 and this prototype, let us help you. Test car lacks power steering, fuel filler cap, ride height regulator, rear seat backrests, passenger side mirror, alarm, washer – ice and others. Additional wiring under the passenger seat and hard mounting points for electronic test equipment next to the rear seats also indicate that this is indeed not a production car.
The car is now in Germany and is being sold by Mechatronics with the odometer showing approximately 26,520 kilometers (16,478 miles). The price? You will need to contact the company and ask them if you are seriously interested.