Rare Collection Of 56 White Porsches Is Heading To Auction
A unique collection of 56 rare Porsche models is set to go under the hammer in December at Sotheby's. The auction is scheduled for December 1st and 2nd.
Dubbed “The White Collection”, this rare gathering of automotive gems is a “Holy Grail” for Porsche enthusiasts for no individual or institution on the planet, except for Porsche itself and perhaps the Sultan of Brunei, has managed to accumulate so many of the most exclusive, rarest sports cars.
The White Collection - An Opportunity One Can Not Miss
Dubbed “The White Collection” – all the sports and racing cars are painted Porsche’s Grand Prix White – the group includes a 2015 Porsche 918 “Weissach” Spyder; a 1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight; and a 2016 911R.
Some of these top lots are expected to sell for up to US$1 million to US$2 million.
“While many Porsche collections exist, some with distinct themes, this all-white collection truly stands out”, says Ethan Gibson, North American spokesman at RM Sotheby’s.
“These vehicles, which show high originality and remarkably low mileage, are among the most sought-after Porsche sports cars in the current market”, says Gord Duff, global head of auctions at RM Sotheby’s.
The auction is expected to occur at the collector's "Porsche sanctuary" in Houston, Texas, as reported by Barron's.
Who's The Owner Of The Collection?
The auction house has not disclosed the owner's identity.
It is only known that the owner of this multi-million dollar collection is a man from Houston, Texas (United States), who managed to accumulate these cars in a decade and has no intention of associating his face or name with the collection.
A decade is not a long time, given that very few of these cars were produced, and he had to wait for a white one to be available for sale anywhere in the world and then buy it at any cost.
It All Begun With A Toy
It seems that it all started one day when he was a child and he received a white Porsche 911 Turbo as a gift from Matchbox.
Without revealing his name, the owner of White Collection confessed: “I was fascinated by its fluid lines. More than just a car, I found art in its design. It continued to inspire me as I grew up”.
The collection includes models that would make any sports car enthusiast's heart beat faster.
For example, a 2015 918 Spyder (only 918 were made) with a blue leather interior. The options alone cost over 95,000 dollars, and the car has only 12 miles on the odometer. The auction house expects someone to acquire it for an amount ranging from 2.6 to 3 million dollars.
The collection includes a 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 and a GT2. The first is the last of the 51 units built, reportedly ordered by the Bin Laden family, and it has only accumulated 44 miles since its construction in 1993.
The second is a Japanese model from 1997 with 9900 miles on the clock, which is quite high for a car in this collection. However, this does not diminish the fact that the final auction price for the latter is expected to be between 2 and 2.5 million dollars, while for the former, it is estimated to reach between 2 and 2.4 million dollars.
From the famous “Ducktail” (Carrera RS 2.7) from 1973, there are both versions that Porsche called Lightweight (lighter and rarer: only 200 units) and Touring.
The former is expected to fetch an amount between 1.76 and 2 million dollars, as the 50-year-old car has only covered 19,000 miles. The latter version is cheaper, if you can call a car that is expected to fetch between 1.5 and 2 million USD “cheaper”.
More Affordable Prices
The anonymous millionaire collector managed to get his hands on one of only two 911 Turbo S X85 Flat Nose (1994) in white from the short series of 39 units (expected to sell for prices ranging from 1.4 to 1.9 million dollars).
But don't think that all the cars are for multimillionaires.
In fact, those with a more limited budget can opt for a 1990 944 S2, which is expected to sell for a price ranging from 40,000 to 60,000 dollars.
And even if you're looking for a Porsche souvenir, hundreds of Porsche products (headphones, overalls, books, boots, posters, bicycles, watches, etc.) will be up for sale at even more affordable prices at the same auction.
In addition to the 56 white Porsche models, two non-white vehicles are also up for sale, but the owner prefers to keep two white ones.
The first two are red-painted Porsche tractors that came out of the factory in the 1950s. He wants to keep the iconic Porsche 959 and Carrera GT.