A mysterious collection of white Porsche sports cars is going up for auction in Houston, but the cars themselves might not be nearly as interesting as the memorabilia accompanying them. Fifty-six cars, all in varying shades of white, are going under RM Sotheby’s hammer, and expected pricing falls within the upper echelons of the collector car market. But again, don’t be dissuaded just yet, it’s the weird stuff up for auction that’s most exciting.
Let’s kick things off with a modern legend, the Porsche 918 Spyder. This particular example sports an incredible options list including a full Leather to Sample Yachting Blue interior, color-matched magnesium wheels, the Weissach performance package, an absence of Acid Green accents, and a special 25-foot charging cable delivered through the Sonderwunsch program. With just 12 miles on the clock, it’s basically a brand new one-off. Oh, and here’s a weird bit of perspective: Because the 918 Spyder is so valuable, it’s one of the few near-decade-old plug-in vehicles worth popping for a high-voltage battery pack replacement on.
However, what if a custom-ordered 918 Spyder is just a bit too common? What if you want something with a total production run of two, an air-cooled flat six, and purple wheels? Say hello to the 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 Strassenversion. Yep, Porsche only made a pair of leather-lined roadgoing 964 RSR race cars, and this is one of them. On top of all the astounding trimming, this example features the twin-spark Le Mans-spec engine, a full set of air jacks, and a 31.7-gallon fuel tank. Not a bad way of spending a few million, huh?
Oh great, a late-model limited-run Porsche expected to trade for far beyond its new MSRP. Sure, but my inner nerd noticed something weird about this 991.2 GT2 RS — its bumper air vents and skirts are painted to match the body. I can’t say I’ve ever seen one like that, which begs the question: Is this a special Exclusive Manufaktur thing, or is it aftermarket? I have a feeling that all will be revealed as listing details come online.
The most recent car up for auction is a 2021 911 Targa 4S, a bit of an anomaly because although it’s a Heritage Edition car, it’s definitely not of the same ultra-performance pedigree as, say, all the GT cars and the 918 Spyder. It’s also valued at between $500,000 and $600,000, a wild figure even factoring all the special touches on this car. It has stripes that aren’t off-the-rack, an interior that was never a package option, and uniquely-finished wheels to match the stripes. For the right buyer, it will be worth a premium over a standard Targa 4S Heritage Edition, but the estimated hammer price seems awfully steep.
Expected to be the cheapest car in the collection, this 1990 944 S2 Cabriolet is expected to fetch between $40,000 and $60,000, which might be a record for this model, yet is surprisingly realistic. The recent Bring A Trailer high water mark for that particular sort of Porsche is a one-owner, 22,000-mile example that hammered for $42,750 as pandemic craziness ramped up, and that thing wasn’t even rolling on a pristine set of D90s.
However, the secretive cars are far from the weirdest part of this auction. There are hundreds of pieces of Porsche paraphernalia up for grabs, and damn near all of it seems to have no reserve. How much do you reckon a Porsche hard hat will go for?
Hey, do you reckon Motor Trend might want this back? It’s not every day that you see an actual magazine Car of the Year award trophy up for auction, and the presence of this piece only fuels speculation as to who the anonymous collector behind this horde of vehicles could be.
Less mysterious but still incredibly cool is this period-correct mid-1990s brochure rack, complete with 993 brochures. Er, brochures of the Porsche 993, not nearly 1,000 brochures. That would be too damn heavy. Still, imagine having this in your living room. Most of your dates won’t be impressed, but that’s showbiz.
Aw man, they’re gonna make me bid on this, aren’t they? As with many enthusiasts, I’m a sucker for literature on my cars, and this massive kit of 986 Boxster literature is right up my alley. This will probably go for far too much money, so it’s just cool to see for now. Look at all those pages!
Interestingly enough, the Porsche Club of America’s Panorama publication was given a look inside the White Collection back in 2018, and at the time, the collection also featured a wild Carrera GT and a particularly rare 959. I wonder what happened to those cars? In any case, all of this unexpected Porsche stuff goes up for auction starting Dec. 1 in Houston. Have a gander through the catalog, because I’d love to know what weird piece of kit you want to pick up.
(Photo credits: RM Sotheby’s)
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