The Founder Of WhatsApp Has So Many Porsches He’s Selling Ten He Doesn’t Use
What do you buy if you’re the co-founder of WhatsApp? Porsches! The co-founder in question is Jan Koum, and he has an incredible collection of Porsches, so incredible that he’s able to cull ten cars from the collection simply because he hasn’t had time to use them. The ten include these three perfect yellow examples, which Jan is offering for sale through Gooding & Company’s annual Amelia Island auctio, Florida, on 8 March 2019. “Many of these Porsches offered for sale are the best examples in the world and they are all an important part of my collection,” he says. “If I had unlimited time and unlimited garage space, I would never sell any of them, but nevertheless I’ll be very happy to see the next owner enjoy driving these special cars on the road or on the racetrack–just as Porsche intended for them to be used.”
The trio of yellow Carrera RS models goes like this: 1992 Porsche 964 Carrera RS, one of only 1910 lightweight models produced, delivered new in Italy and ordered in paint-to-sample Blossom Yellow. Next to that is the 1993 Porsche 964 Carrera RS 3.8, which is one of only 55 built and one of only 12 finished in Speed Yellow. It was sold new in Japan, is extremely low mileage, and is featured in a new book, “Porsche 964 Carrera RS 3.8”. The 1995 Porsche 993 Carrera RS 3.8 was the final air-cooled Carrera RS model, and it’s finished in Speed Yellow with rare Porsche Exclusive department features.
There are more though. Seven more. Let’s start with the 997s, which go from a 2008 Porsche 997 GT3 RS 3.6, one of just 53 North American specification examples in RS Green, with 12,000 miles since new. Then there’s a 2010 Porsche 997 GT3 RS 3.8 with carbon ceramic disc brakes, and finished in the Grey Black and Red color combination that Porsche used at the model’s launch. Next up, a 2011 Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0, one of 600 examples built. Of the 158 built North American market, this is the only one with carbon ceramic brakes, red and black two-tone interior and adaptive sport seats. It’s covered fewer than 150 miles since new, which seems criminal. Finally a 2011 Porsche 997 GT2 RS, which is one of 500 built and one of 142 supplied for North America. it’s got the rare optional carbon fiber fenders and it’s covered less than 500 miles from new.
Had enough yet? Because there’s still three to go: a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach that’s covered just 20 miles (now we want to cry), and one only seven painted in Liquid Metal Chrome Blue. A 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 in special-order Signal Yellow, with carbon ceramic brakes, carbon fiber bucket seats, radio delete option, and a lightweight battery (and less than 500 miles from new). And the last one, a 2016 Porsche 911 R, one of only 991 examples built, still with its original window sticker and delivery packaging from the factory, with radio delete option, lightweight bucket seats, and single-mass flywheel. And that’s it! Are you beginning to wish you’d thought of WhatAapp?
Images courtesy of Gooding & Company