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24 Comments on "1987 Porsche 959: A Supercar Years Ahead Of Its Time"
Great video, thanks.
The thing that gets me about 959s is that they’re ugly but no one seems to acknowledge that.
It’s a bit the same with E types. In standard form their track is too narrow and I think they look ungamely, although with wide wheels and track they are quite beautiful. But most people seem to regard E types as unqualified beauties. I don’t get it.
the only 911 that really matters (also the 993). aerodynamics, style, 4X4, engine make me forget…. the ugly…..& enormus steering wheel…
I met Mr. Canepa when he was on one of our charters from L.A. to Santa Rosa. He was quite surprised when I started talking cars, and that I knew who he was.
What an enjoyable video.
Down in front Teddy!
What a garage!
I believe Bruce was in his 917 a few years ago when he made an inside pass on the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca. Major cojones!
Well made little video about a pivotal car, with a complicated history, told by a man at the center of the California mid-coast Porsche community. I continue to be impressed by the level of access that Petrolicious continues to obtain to these cars and these people. Fun to see the car on what must be the roads around Santa Cruz, and perhaps Big Basin. On another note, does anyone recognize that little, right hand drive, Italian, roadster in the Jaeger-Lecoulter advertisement?
It’s a Pagazo Z 102
A Pegaso. Thanks for the reference. Spanish. Interesting and innovative little barcetta. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pegaso_Z-102
Hey Robert – Wondering the same thing about the little roadster in the opening ad. Nice to see the ad done as tastefully as the stories featured.
A walk through Canepa Motors is amazing. A Saturday morning at one of their Cars & Coffee is mind-blowing! There are the usual stunning displays of various cars that show up, but the freedom to explore the garage/restoration/storage spaces is staggering.
The road winding through the redwoods looks like Hwy 9 running from Felton to Santa Cruz. Quite a grin-worthy few miles.
Yes. It looks like it could be Route 9 or thereabouts. And 236 (Big Basin Way) drops down to one lane and has redwoods growing right up to the edge of the road. I love both of them.
Canepa’s Cars & Coffee looks very well attended.
That is a very cool piece of automotive history. I remember when the talk was that Porsche would probably quit making the 911 and what a depressing thought! I didn’t realize, however, that the 959 was the turning point in that decision. Thanks Petro!
What a car and what an ordeal (and what a great lunch I just had – not for the meal itself, but by having the pleasure of eating and resting a bit, while enjoying this short film) Thanks to the owner and thank you Petrolicious!
Btw, not that I know that much about cars, but I thought Bill Gates was the main responsible for the “Show and display” bill. I guess I was wrong.
I could be wrong. I was under the impression that Bill Gates approached Canepa and tasked them with getting them in to the US.
This would certainly absolve Bill Gates for having created Windows in my mind. 🙂
From what was told to me on a tour at Canepa was that, the first one to enter the country was by someone very wealthy that had a yacht and essentially sailed to Europe, purchased one, put it on his yacht then sailed back to the US and was driving it around essentially as a 911. Perhaps that someone was Bill Gates???
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