One of the 6 pre-production prototypes of the Porsche 959 is preserved with great care and dedication by the Brumos Collection museum. This one-of-a-kind piece was a gift from Dr. Wolfgang Porsche to Helmuth Bott, the chief engineer of project 959 and is still in great condition.
The Brumos Porsche museum was inaugurated at the beginning of last year and houses one of the most important private collections of the German brand in the world. A huge collection amassed for decades by the family that owns the Brumos Porsche dealership and their legendary racing team. One of the most important private Porsche teams in the world for its impressive sporting record. As evidenced by his 4 victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona, a feat that is not available to anyone.
To promote the new facilities of its museum in Jacksonville, Florida, and to publicize its important collection, especially those pieces that are more interesting or valuable, the museum has decided to create a series of promotional videos. As is the case with this example of the Porsche 959 that stars in these images and the video below.
Oddly enough, many Porsche in the 80s used upholstery like this.
This gray specimen of the Porsche 959 is one of the 6 ‘Vorserienwagen’ or pre-production prototypes used during the development of the model and according to the description of those responsible for the museum this was the last unit manufactured in this small series of the German sports car.
The belonging of this specimen to this short series of prototypes already makes it a very outstanding piece of the model, but it also has a rather curious history, as it was a gift from Dr. Wolfgang Porsche himself to Helmuth Bott, the chief engineer of project 959, as a thank you for his work at the German brand after his retirement. As we can see, the supercar is intact and seems practically new, which is not surprising given the care with which those responsible for the museum care and preserve this specimen, which even do not allow the use of water during cleaning, having to use cryogenic cleaning systems, such as CO2 from dry ice.
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This is just one of the many collector’s items that we can find in this museum, where such rare units as the Porsche 917K chassis # 917-024 also inhabit, employed by Steve McQueen during the movie ‘Le Mans’, in addition to many other classic competition pieces from very different periods and categories.
Porsche 959 ‘Vorserienwagen’.