1987 Porsche 959 Komfort
The 125th of 292 examples built, this stunning 959 Komfort was completed December 18, 1987, and sold to well-known Japanese enthusiast Yoshiho Matsuda, joining his impressive Porsche Museum in Hakone. In 1999, this example was purchased by collector and vintage racer Jamie Mazzotta of Newport Coast, California with only 890km (553 miles.)
00125 was imported to the United States for Mazzotta by Canepa Design on September 30th 1999, and was stored in the Foreign Trade Zone until the car's Show or Display exemption was granted on March 2, 2001.
Once arriving at the Canepa facility the work began to federalize and update the 959.
The engine system was spec'd to meet Federal and California emissions requirements. This included eliminating the stock sequential turbo system and installing an all-new twin turbo system, including Garrett ball-bearing turbos, re-designed wastegate, upgraded fuel system, complete new stainless steel exhaust system with dual catalytics, EGR, sequential engine management system with ADL, F1 technology engine wiring harness, high output ignition system, upgraded alternator charge system and battery module, air pumps and air regulator valves, spark plugs, titanium heat shielding, idler control valve, and sensors.
Work was completed in 2003, and on September 17 2003 the 959 received its coveted EPA and California emission certification. Now smog legal the 959 put out 576hp, and 501 ft/lbs of torque. A significant increase over the stock 450hp, and the 0-60mph time was reduced to just 3.2 seconds.
While the engine conversion was underway the 959 also received other Canepa 959 upgrades. These included the Canepa wheel/tire upgrade, the 959S suspension conversion, the Canepa headlamp upgrade, Pagid brake pad upgrade, and installation of a Porsche 'Werks' steering wheel. To finish things off, $10,000 worth of stereo equipment was installed for the ultimate in-car sound system.
The 959 was purchased by Tony Hart on June 25, 2010. It would return to Canepa in 2013 for a full service that included new tires, all fluids, new clutch, engine reseal, conversion of air conditioning from R12 to R134, and an all-wheel drive system service.