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This Porsche 959 might be the ultimate restomod

One of the most faithful restomods to grace the planet

A restomod so faithful it's like you're looking at the original thing. PHOTO FROM CANEPA

Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be any more outrageous Porsche restomods, American racing driver and entrepreneur Bruce Canepa comes along and presents an updated version of the original supercar from Zuffenhausen, the 959.

Some will call this car blasphemy; others will say it’s progress. But only 50 lucky (and insanely rich) individuals will ever be able to own one.

You're looking at one of the most faithful restomods of the 959 yet. PHOTOS FROM CANEPA

The story behind this über-restomod goes as follows: Bruce Canepa first drove the original 959 back in 1987. He then helped to pass the law that allowed rare machines like this to (at least temporarily) come to the USA, and when he got to drive it again there, he apparently started thinking about ways to improve it. That was back in 1999, and it took him until now to research and develop said improvements and to create the Porsche 959 reimagined by Canepa.

Canepa thought the original 959 wasn't fast enough and added more power. PHOTOS FROM CANEPA

It takes 4,000 hours to create each Canepa 959, and all cars will, of course, be finished to the exact wishes of the wealthy speed-seeker paying for it. Next to a concours-level restoration that sees all mechanical components restored, replaced or upgraded, the firm is also adding a lot more power to the mix.

The original 959 produced 444hp, which was a lot back then. By adding bigger BorgWarner turbos and tons of other bits (including titanium connecting rods, new camshafts, an upgraded valvetrain assembly, and a new engine management system), the company has managed to squeeze a mighty 800hp and 884Nm out of the block.

It has modern handling and transmission bits to deal with all that added power. PHOTOS FROM CANEPA

Unleashing that much petrol-powered violence onto the stock transmission would likely result in undesirable outcomes, so the firm is also rebuilding the box and reinforcing it, as well as adding an upgraded clutch. To make sure it stays shiny side up when the turbos say hello, Canepa is also reworking the suspension setup.

Custom-valved Penske shocks with titanium coilover springs are fitted, and the existing hydraulic system is eliminated completely. New brake rotors and upgraded pads are added to make the thing stop again, and newly designed 18-inch wheels with modern rubber round off the suspension and handling package.

Yes, you can have that Sternrubin 959 that you always wanted. PHOTOS FROM CANEPA

New headlights are also fitted so the driver can see where he’s going, and to be seen the lucky owner can choose his or her own paint-to-sample paint job that takes 500 hours to apply.

Another 400 hours can be added to the build by fitting a custom interior that, as far as the press images are showing, keeps its original style and only modernizes it slightly.

You either have the option of having a faithful recreation, or an eye-melting interior if your wallet can afford it. PHOTOS FROM CANEPA

The sound system is new, as are the lights used throughout the cabin, and the original car also didn’t have a switch for the active exhaust. But other than that, it looks like the company kept it as an 80s Porsche on the inside as it should be.

If you now want one, then the price will only be revealed upon request. Reports about past sales indicate that you’ll need at least $2,000,000 (P111.6 million) to be in with a chance of owning one. That makes the original car almost look like a bargain.

Frank Schuengel

Frank is a German e-commerce executive who loves his wife, a Filipina, so much he decided to base himself in Manila. He has interesting thoughts on Philippine motoring. He writes the aptly named ‘Frankly’ column.