As far as rare Porsches go, the 959, which was produced from 1987 to 1988, ranks up there with only 292 ever made. As if that’s not rare enough, its 959 Sport interaction is even more scarce with just 29 examples in the world. So it’s kind of natural for owners to really keep a close eye on their prized steeds, even to the point of using it only once in a blue moon.
Yet this shouldn’t be the case, notes former Formula 1 driver Nick Heidfeld, who learned this lesson the hard (and probably expensive way) when he recently took his 959 S to Porsche Classic for a full restoration job.
According to Porsche Classic, the car’s Engine Management System, which had been modified, had to be restored to OEM specification to sort out issues that were causing glitches. What was more telling were the oily bits in the engine and mechanicals that weren’t running properly. While they too were corrected, Porsche Classic folks give Heidfeld and other supercar owners an important piece of advice: drive your car regularly.
You see, the Porsche 959 is one of the most innovative supercars ever built. It uses complex technologies that may be commonplace today yet were ahead of its time back in the 1980s. Unfortunately, time and lack of use took its toll on these parts. To avoid such an occurrence in the future, Porsche Classic recommends that the car be driven at least 100kms a month. At present, it has only racked up 4,183kms over 30-plus years.
So yes, it’s perfectly fine to drive that sportscar or supercar to give it some much-needed exercise. After all, it’s meant to be enjoyed, right?