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Porsche 959Last post of the year of the Porsche

January 19, 2018 · in Automotive · · 25 Comments

This the kit of the 959, my last post from last year's Porsche collection. I don't normally model road cars and decided to try to do something a little different with this kit. The interior is a typical 1980s colour mixture, the seats have three different colours, but, none of this was visible on the completed model. To try and throw some light on this I decided to open the passenger side door. Major surgery was needed to achieve this, not just the outer door had to be cut, but also the glazing, part of th floor and interior trim. However, the inside was still pitch dark so I additionally gave the car the benefit of a metal sliding sunroof, but it didn't make much difference. Other than those modifications the car was built OOB and finished with Tamiya aerosol can paint. Tamiya do include some engine detail but I forgot to photograph it before closing the engine cover, sorry about that.

On to the real thing, according to Wikipedia the Porsche 959 was manufactured from 1986 to 1993, first as a Group B rally car and later as a road legal production car designed to satisfy FIA homoglation regulations.

When it was introduced the twin turbo 959 was the world's fastest street legal production car, boasting a top speed of 195 mph (314 kph). During production it was hailed as the most technically advanced road going sports car ever built and was probably the forerunner of all future supercars. It was one of the first high performance vehicles with all wheel drive. In total 337 cars were built including 37 prototypes and pre-production models.

The "Gates 959" is an infamous 959 owned by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who bought his example before the model had US Government approval. The car was stored for 13 years by the Customs Service at the port of San Francisco until regulations were changed to allow "Autos of Interest" to be imported with limitations on their use. Gates helped pass the "Show or Display" law.

As usual, thanks for looking. George

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25 responses

  1. Nicely done George, I always enjoy looking at you racing car posts. This good looking road car is no exception as well. Nice touch opening the door and adding the sun roof.

  2. Very nice, this one is definitely for display!

  3. I figured that was you when I saw the headline photo, George...nice job. 🙂

  4. Anyone who does that kind of surgery has my respect!

  5. Beautiful, George!

  6. Great build, and some nice history on the vehicle.

  7. Nice touch opening the door George. Very effective.

  8. Very nice! the seats look great!

  9. Nice job on that George.

  10. 13 years in Customs! And some of us complain about Customs holding model kits for a week or two! Nice Car, George.

  11. I guess US Customs had a very early version of Windows!

  12. Nice build George...I have the same kit, was rattle-can-sprayed black and went straight back to the box for almost 20 years...somehow I lost the mojo to finish it off way back. I think I should take it out and re-do the paint as I do love 959.

    Question: how do you do the silver body paint? What paint did you use?

    • Hi, thanks for looking, I agree the 959 is a great car. I used a Tamiya spray can, can’t remember if it was silver or aluminum, probably silver, hope this helps and I’m looking forward to seeing your black version

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