This weekend RM Sotheby’s auction house will offer a very rare Porsche for true fans of the brand. This is the 959 Prototype model from 1985. Mentioned prototype F7 was designed to test electrical systems and operate in high temperature conditions.
Although most of the 12 manufactured prototypes are destroyed after the test, F7 was “lucky” and avoided such a fate, making it one of only 3 that survived.
After testing, the car was returned to Stuttgart where it was purchased by Porsche’s representative and collector Vasek Polak. Although Porsche had first planned to make conversion and to transform F7 to a serial car, Polak refused to do so, and insisted on buying the model in a state as it was, therefore as a prototype. It has been approved, but provided that the car never race, never registers it for road use or sale before the factory performs the necessary repairs and restoration.
Under that agreement, F7 was imported to the United States to be exhibited at the Polak’s Salon where it emained until 1990, after which it went to Japan where it was also exhibited as a museum copy. After Polak’s death in 1997, the car is back to Europe where it changes several owners, and also receives a registration for road use.
The rich history and the fact that one of only three pieces has significantly raised its price, so it is estimated that all those who want this model in the collection will have to splash between 1.1 and 1.4 million euros!