The 1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar was meant to compete in a Group B rally. While it was banned from the race before it ever had a chance, the car did compete in the Paris to Dakar rally in both 1985 and 986. The annual raid, organized by the Amaury Sport Organisation, traditionally covered the area between Paris, France, and Daka Senegal. Because the terrain is so difficult, competitors use true off-road vehicles rather than converted on-roaders. The course covers dunes, mud, camel grass, rocks, and erg, plus other obstacles and difficulties. Racers cover between 500 to 560 miles a day in the race.
It was that battleground that won the 1985 Porsche 959 its fame. The 959 was actually built as a test vehicle before Porsche started producing the street car version. The car was equipped with a four-wheel drive system. The 3.2 liter flat-six was naturally aspirated and originally came from a 911 Carrera. According to RM Sotheby’s, this is one of only five surviving Dakar 959s in the world. Expected to bring in $3 to $3.4 million, it will join the ranks of only two or three of its siblings that are in private collections.