Billionaire Alert: Bill Gates Tried To Smuggle A Porsche 959 Into America
It went horribly wrong.
Founder of Microsoft and former richest person in the world Bill Gates once tried to smuggle a Porsche 959 into the U.S, a country of which it was never supposed to end up. Gates has always had a love for Porsches, and he has owned many. Gates' first Porsche was a blue 911 Turbo, purchased in 1979 this beauty got him pulled over many a time. Since then his beloved 911 has been sold, going for a staggering $80,000. However, this isn't about his 911, it's about the legendary 959, a car that reached and still reaches ludicrous speeds. As he may have known, this car would need fighting for.
With an air-cooled 2.8 L twin-turbocharged flat-6, a top speed of 197 mph, all wheel drive, and a manual transmission, the Porsche 959 is quite possibly the best car to come out of the 80's.
Naturally, Gates had to get his hands on one of these. After all, he loved Porsche and was looking for a new ride. Unfortunately, Gates lives in the U.S, meaning the 959 wasn't available. The majority of Porsches can be easily imported from Europe to America, the 959 was different. Complications arose because Porsche wouldn't provide the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) with 4 models for crash testing. Who would? Because of this, the 959 was not certified as street legal.
Regardless, Gates ordered one and his 959 was impounded at customs. This wouldn't be a short term issue, his 959 was sitting around for over a decade. During this gargantuan amount of time, Gates worked tirelessly to get his hands on the 959 he had ordered. His work passed the "Show and Display Law", which would allow privately imported vehicles to be exempt from passing crash tests and EPA emissions tests, providing the vehicle was of historical or technological significance or had less than 500 units produced. That last piece was the key for Gates, as only 337 959's have been produced.
Today, Gates can be seen cruising around in his beautiful 959 sports car. Thanks to the Show and Display law, he may experience the 959's tremendous power for 2,500 road miles a year.