The White Collection is set to be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s in Houston, TX from December 1-2. It consists of 63 motor vehicles, 56 of which are Porsche sports cars of various ages, most of which are finished in some variant of white paint. There are also two Porsche tractors in the sale along with other exotic pieces of automotive history.
White Collection Porsche Memorabilia
More than 500 lots of Porsche memorabilia will be offered for sale in addition to the cars. An original poster advertising the Carrera RS will be sold – it’s being offered without reserve – on December 2 and carries a pre-auction estimate of $16,000 – $18,000. A limited edition Porsche Design Chronograph 911 Targa 4S watch will be offered as well, estimated at $10,000 – $12,000. One of the most interesting pieces of memorabilia set to be offered is a Porsche dealer handbook and sample kit from the 1950s. It’s one of a few similar lots spanning different time frames and is estimated at $6,400 – $8,000.
The presence of renowned Porsche restorer Tim Goodrich will be plenty apparent to bidders, especially when viewing a few of the non-Porsche automobiles set to be sold. A 1955 Volkswagen Beetle Custom called “Frog Guts” is one of his earliest creations and was modified for his use in drag racing from 1972 to 1976. The VW is believed to be capable of a 11.34 second quarter-mile and an undated time slip from Fresno Dragways shows a run at 11.96 seconds and 105.73 mph.
The White Collection Porsche Offering
The Porsches included in the White Collection are the culmination of more than a decade spent by one collector amassing one of the most impressive assortments of Porsches and Porsche-related vehicles in the world. The collection is housed in a beautifully crafted, carefully maintained, bright and vast facility that conveys the care and detail with which the cars have been kept.
It’s been said that the owner of the collection required visitors to wear booties over their shoes to protect the polished and clean look of the facility that houses it. It’s unclear whether that will be required of bidders.
One of the stars of the collection is a 2015 Porsche 918 ‘Weissach’ Spyder that was ordered in a paint-to-sample color, making an already rare car even more unique. It features color-matched magnesium wheels with a Yachting Blue interior. It showed just 12 miles when it was catalogued for the auction – it’s essentially a brand new 918 Spyder. Its pre-auction estimate is $2,500,000 – $3,000,000.
Not far behind the 918 Spyder in value is a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0 that is one of just 55 built to homologate the Carrera 3.0 RSR. It retains its matching-numbers engine and gearbox and is still finished in the factory-correct Grand Prix White with a Midnight leatherette interior. It may be the best preserved Carrera RS 3.0 in existence, having never been raced or crashed. Its complete history is documented, showing just five owners since new. It has a pre-auction estimate of $2,250,000 – $2,750,000.
A 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 that was ordered by a Porsche VIP and began its life in the UK, prior to being rediscovered in 2015 continues the impressive lineup at the White Collection. It’s believed to be the last of 51 examples built and the second of only two “Strassenversion” RSRs built by Porsche Motorsport with a completely appointed leather interior. It presents in factory-original Grand Prix White paint with a Can Can Red and Grand Prix White leather interior and is estimated by RM Sotheby’s at $2,000,000 – $2,500,000.
The holy grail of the 993 generation 911 is represented by a 1997 Porsche 911 GT2 that was delivered new to Japan. It’s one of the last air-cooled, turbocharged 911s and was hand-built to showcase the best and fastest that Porsche could create at the time. It retains its matching-numbers 3.6L M64/60R engine that produces 430 horsepower and is equipped with numerous highly desirable options that include air conditioning, power steering, Speedline RS wheels, a locking differential, and a front strut tie bar. Its pre-auction estimate is $2,000,000 – $2,200,000.