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Cool Cars: Porsche 959

Back in the 80s, when things were different, and usually a bit naff, a German sports car manufacturer quietly produced the blue-print for the modern supercar.

And as it was from The Fatherland they gave it a number instead of a name: 959

However, despite its familiar gait this wasn’t just a standard 911 in long trousers, but a technological tour-de-force that pushed the boundaries of what to expect in a road car…the Bugatti Veyron of the time as it were, though without the shear gaudiness. Subtle was the watchword here.

It incorporated four-wheel-drive (a first for a supercar), twin turbos and a host of electronic trickery for the chassis.

And it was quick - in fact it still cuts the mustard now, with a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 197mph.

You may not hear that much about the 959 in modern times, compared to say a Ferrari F40 – released around the same time – but in terms of development and vision it’s the German that made the greater impact. And that’s why it makes the list.

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