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Inside the world’s best Porsche collection

It’s just after midday and we find ourselves waiting outside a plain, nondescript building, its featureless, external monotony a brilliant contrast to the magic of what resides inside. That’s because within these walls you’ll find what is very likely the most astonishing, most unbelievable Porsche collection on the planet which, until very recently, has been kept a complete secret to everybody. You should prepare to be amazed.

It’s a complicated process to get inside the building but, after sharing introductions with the rather secretive owner, we’re lead inside. Greeted by a maze of stairways and corridors at first, our eyes take a little time to adjust to the bleached-out haze of white floors, walls and ceilings, illuminated by brilliantly white lights. The connotations here are almost surgical – for a minute you’d forgive us for thinking we’re about to take a look around a top-secret new hospital that’s soon to open.

Eventually we reach a wide set of windowless double doors, bright light from the other side visible through a minute gap where they meet. Pulling on each handle, the owner swings the doors open and steps back, imploring the three of us in our party to venture inside.

Staggering into the room, three sets of jaws hit the floor as our brains attempt to compute the information we think our eyes are relaying. There are no less than 54 Porsche sports cars impeccably laid out in this huge room which, like the corridors leading to it, is a complete whitewash from floor to ceiling. The cars within this hall, rather predictably, are all finished in varying shades of factory ‘weiß’. Welcome to The White Collection.

What started with a single Matchbox 911 Turbo has grown into what is the most awe-inspiring stockpiling of Porsche on the planet. It’s not just because of the unique colour either. The cars in this room are, almost exclusively, extremely rare and collectible models, and all boast low mileages. Don’t let the colourless hues fool you: each Porsche is extensively, bountifully specced, with most of the modern cars simply dripping in bespoke CXX options – but we’ll come to that later.

The collection is vast and immaculately presented. Walking towards the middle of the room, a row of 911 GT2s from 993 right up to 997 RS sit to our left – the 991 is in transit – all organised in chronological order. To our right there’s a row of air-cooled Porsche Rennsports ordered from first to last, including both M471 Lightweight and M472 Touring versions of the original 2.7 Carrera RS. The water-cooled Rennsports line up opposite, with the holy trinity of Porsche supercars in the 959, Carrera GT and 918 presented, in white, in the middle.

Flanking each end of the Rennsport displays you’ll find an extensive Turbo and Turbo S line-up, plus a long line of rare flatbacks which culminates in a 991 R. There’s a row of Cabriolets in the distance, plus every Porsche Speedster, and some choice Targas. All are meticulously placed in stringently straight lines.

Back to that white Matchbox Turbo. “I was given the car when I was a child and was mesmerised by its flowing lines, and so I cherished it. More than a car, I found art in its design. It continued to inspire me as I grew up,” says the Collection’s bashful owner, who wishes to remain anonymous. His first Porsche was a 993, though not in white. They came later, amassed over a period of years, though there’s an admission that “the collecting only became quite aggressive in the last six years or so. The aim, as you can see, was to have one of everything, in white, in the lowest mileage possible.”

Boasting what is likely the best independent Porsche collection in the world, the owner of The White Collection might also be one of the Exclusive Department’s best contemporary customers. The 918 has north of $100,000 in CXX options, and the R, GT3 RS and GTS Targa aren’t far behind. The total amount of CXX options in the room could be near to $1 million. Even cars such as the 991 Turbo S Exclusive Edition, which came with bespoke Gold metallic paint, was optioned in Carrera White Metallic and, popping the front bonnet, the entire boot is lined in luxury leather with contrast gold stitching, courtesy of the Exclusive Department.

Most 991 interiors are resplendent in CXX Yachting blue leather with white contrast stitching and seat piping, this specification a clear favourite of the meticulous owner. The inspiration for this lies on the far side of the room, among the flank of flatbacks, where a 3.2 Carrera resides with a factory Yachting Blue interior. “I just fell in love with the colour combination when I bought that particular car,” the owner says. “It works so well and complements the white exterior, so from that moment on I decided all the new cars should be finished this way.” That 3.2 Carrera’s legacy now includes a 991 R, 991 GT3 RS and 918, all with Yachting Blue interiors.

For the full exposé on The White Collection, pick up your copy of Total 911 issue 175 in shops now, or get it delivered to your door. Can can also enjoy a special bonus gallery of the Collection via our digital editions for both Apple and Android

 

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The 2016 Total 911 Photo of the Year Long List

As we begin the final month of 2016, it’s time to launch the annual Total 911 Photo of the Year competition, and this year the long list of 20 potential contenders looks better than ever.

From iconic cars in even more iconic locations (such as our 3.2 Speedster in Shanghai) to epic road trips in stunning machinery (like a stunning Alpine jaunt in a 997 GT3 RS 4.0), our team of world class snappers have outdone themselves in 2016, submitting some of the best photography Total 911 has ever seen.

Selecting just 20 shots from the thousands of submissions was a tough ask but we’ve done it and now, with the Long List locked in, the power is entirely in the hands of you, the Total 911 readers.

Sticking with our regular format for the POTY competition, over the next week, you’ll have the chance to vote for the photo that you feel is most deserving of a place on the Short List (we’ll be sharing the contenders daily on our Facebook and Twitter pages).

Then, next Thursday, we will announce the super six shortlisted shots, opening a new round of voting (with the poll again open for a week) where you will decide the winner. On Thursday 15 December, with as much fanfare as we can muster, we will announce the 2016 Total 911 Photo of the Year.

So what are you waiting for? Get voting now:


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Total 911’s favourite Porsche 911 Rennsports ever

The waiting is nearly over. The Porsche 991 GT3 RS release is nearly upon us. However, until then, we will have to be satisfied looking over the Rennsport history books and the delectable collection of metal they contain.

As part of our #RennsportWeek celebrations, the Total 911 team have voted for their six favourite Porsche 911 RSs, with Lee, Josh and Steve scoring their choices with the Porsche Supercup points system (fitting for Porsche’s most motorsporting car).

With the totals totted up and checked, we can now bring you Total 911’s favourite Rennsport 911s. How would your top six look?

6) Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RS
Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RS

Often referred to as ‘the forgotten RS’, the 3.0-litre Rennsport was the successor to the famed 2.7 RS of 1973. Launched a year later, it was only available in ‘Lightweight’ trim and RHD examples are so rare, they’re referred to by their colour.

5) Porsche 996 GT3 RS
Porsche 996 GT3 RS

The first water-cooled Rennsport 911, the Porsche 996 GT3 RS was also the inaugural offering based on Porsche’s racing-derived GT3 platform. With 2.7 RS-inspired decals, the 996 GT3 RS was an undervalued beast until a surge in prices over the last 18 months.

4) Porsche 997 GT2 RS
Porsche 997 GT2 RS

Launched as part of the Porsche 997’s swan song, the GT2 RS is the only official Rennsport ever to have been turbocharged, turning out a mighty 620bhp. This propelled it onto 205mph and a Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time of 7m18s, making it the fastest production 911 ever.

3) Porsche 993 Carrera RS
Porsche 993 Carrera RS

Whether in Riviera Blue and Clubsport spec, or a more subdued Midnight Blue ‘Comfort’ affair, the 993 Carrera RS is a huge office favourite, thanks in part to its place at the end of the air-cooled Rennsport lineage. The fact it also handles like a dream helps its cause too.

2) Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS
Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS

The original Rennsport icon. Born in the latter half of 1972 and officially released in 1973, the 2.7-litre RS proved immensely popular, requiring Porsche to build a second run after the first 500 sold out almost immediately. With its ‘Carrera’ decals and ducktail spoiler, this 911 will always be remembered.

1) Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0
Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0

The car that the upcoming 991 GT3 RS will have to live up to. The Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 is potentially the ultimate embodiment of the Rennsport philosophy. With more aerodynamic grip than its 3.8-litre counterpart, the RS 4.0 never fails to stand out. The last Mezger-engined 911 has earned its rightful place in the history books.

What would your top six Rennsport 911s look like? Add your selection in the comments section below, or join the debate on our Facebook and Twitter pages now.

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