You Could Afford Half of a Porsche 959

Actually, probably not.

byBen Keeshin|
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When it was released in 1986, the Porsche 959 was the world’s fastest street-legal production car. Built to satisfy Group B Rallying homologation requirements and Porsche’s general phallus-measuring needs, the 959 was a legitimate 197 mph car with a twin-turbocharged 2.85-liter engine and an advanced all-wheel-drive system. The 959, along with the horse-of-a-different-color-and-that-color-is-red Ferrari F40, was the superlative Eighties supercar. New, one cost $225,000; Today, not one crosses an auction block for less than $1 million.

So, you probably can’t afford one. Maybe you can afford half of one, though? At the 1988 Toronto Motor Show, Porsche revealed this chopped 959, its bodywork peeled back like a corn husk to showcase the very technical systems that made it special. Look at that sexy plumbing, and those jet-black springs! It looks amazing. Maybe you can’t afford it.