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Posted: 26 Feb 2014
1986 Porsche 959 - 195mph
Jostling with the Ferrari F40 for bedroom-wall real estate, the 959 boasted many features the car world hadn't seen before.
Magnesium wheels. Air pressure sensors. Automatic ride height adjustment. Nomex floorboards. Which could explain why Bill Gates bought one. Though he was one of few people that could actually pay the £150,000 asking price. Which was actually quite reasonable: the 959 cost Porsche £300,000 to make.
As you'd expect, it was also bum engined, using a 440bhp flat six turbocharged powerplant, which got the 959 to 62mph in 3.7 seconds, with that 197mph top end. Tennis lothario Boris Becker claims he actually hit said v-max on the Italian Autostrada when he bought his. Which must have been... bracing.