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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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Selling your Porsche 911 part one

Buyers’ guide features have been staples of car magazines such as Total 911 for as long as automotive publications have existed. However, for every person buying a Porsche 911, there needs to be someone willing to part with their pride and joy.

When it comes to selling your 911, privately listing on the classifieds is often the go-to option. While unable to command the prices listed by recognised specialists and the Porsche’s approved used scheme, private sales ensure that you receive 100 per cent of the agreed sale price, with no third parties involved. It’s just you and the buyer.

At face value, it can seem like a simple and hassle-free way of offloading your used 911 to the next enthusiastic owner. However, with no outside assistance, you are responsible for preparing the car for sale, taking photos, advertising the car, dealing with phone and email enquiries, facilitating viewings and overseeing the eventual sale of the car.

While the process can feel extremely rewarding (especially once the car is sold), for anyone who has experienced the dreaded ‘tyre kicker’, it can become a frustrating and time-consuming procedure.

While a private sale can provide you with an increased return over a quick sale to a trader, getting hold of that money can sometimes prove difficult too. The internet is full of horror stories about people not getting paid the agreed amount and, while common sense can often prevent the majority of problems, selling privately brings with it its own unique set of risks.

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Trading in at a main dealer or specialist is many people’s next choice if a private sale is becoming protracted (or if the money is needed in a hurry). Choosing this path will almost guarantee that your 911 is sold quickly, with the whole process taking less than a couple of hours.

You simply turn up at your local dealer or specialist, they will quote you a price and, once the paperwork is signed, the money is transferred into your account immediately.

It can be an inviting prospect. However, while the majority of traders will be happy to take your 911 off of your hands, this ease of sale will come at a severely discounted rate compared to the price you could achieve by selling privately.

Those in the trade have various overhead costs that need to be factored in, meaning that the price you are offered is often quite a way below what your old car is actually worth.

Choosing to part-exchange your car at a dealer or specialist may see you achieve a slightly better deal than a straight trade-in, as will choosing a specialist over a main dealer franchise but, ultimately, both will be about maximising the respective company’s profit when it comes to reselling the car.

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If, at this point, you are thinking, ‘What other options do I have?’ then our third possibility might just be the sale process for you. Sale or return combines many of the attributes of both private sale and trading in, and is a service offered by specialists such as Hertfordshire-based RPM Technik.

In short, your 911 is sold via a recognised specialist, but at a price agreed between you and the trader. As the car remains in your ownership until the ultimate sale, you are able to pull the car from sale if you wish, or if the sale is taking too long.

“The main benefit of sale or return compared to selling privately is that we’re a dedicated specialist with all the facilities and all the assurances in place,” explains RPM Technik salesman Greig Daily. “We have the technical know-how, the advertising, the footfall through our website and showroom, allowing us to get a good market price for it [your car].”

Financially, sale or return doesn’t hit your wallet quite so hard as trading in at a dealer either. “We don’t have quite the same overheads as a main dealer does,” Daily says “and because we’re not having to financially stock the car with our own funds, there is another cost taken out of the sale of the car.”

This isn’t to say that sale return is a free service. RPM charge a commission fee based on the agreed value of your car, although it still leaves you better off than a straight sell to an OPC, for example.

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Sale or return also provides an ease of sale that can’t be found when selling privately. “You’re not going to have to take time off work to see someone who potentially lets you down and doesn’t show up,” explains Daily.

While it may appear that sale or return is the saviour for all 911 owners wishing to sell their current car, there is one significant hurdle that your car needs to overcome before a specialist such as RPM Technik takes your case onboard: the pre-purchase inspection.

When buying a luxury or sports car (the 911 probably falls into both camps) Daily explains that, “with something like a Gen2 997 GT3, you can bet that they [the buyer] is going to want it inspected. So if it’s in with us, that’s already been done, speeding up the sale.”

It also ensures that the cars RPM take onboard under the sale or return scheme are of the highest quality, maintaining their reputation as purveyors of some of the finest 911s in the country, as well as facilitating the unseen sale of cars to oversees customers.

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