Stuttgart’s Finest: Swiss Collection Encompasses 25 Years of Modern Porsche

A special capsule sale from RM Sotheby’s offers unrepeatable examples of Stuttgart’s greatest hits.

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An unwritten rule about buying cars from Stuttgart is to search both ends of the timeline; chasing down either Ferdinand and Ferry Porsche’s earliest efforts or sourcing the most modern examples one can find. Unlike lesser companies, the team of engineers and designers who carried the torch of performance motoring after the elder Porsche’s untimely death in 1951 and his son Ferry’s retirement in 1989 proved that the performance-oriented spirit of the company’s namesake did not dissipate.

RM Sotheby’s is proud to celebrate this continued dedication with a Swiss-based, stand-alone single-owner collection of some of Stuttgart’s finest sports cars from the modern era as the exciting climax to our Online Only: Open Roads, February auction, with a staggered closure over 19-28 February:

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1995 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

Starting off with an air-cooled, turbocharged bang, this open-top 911 existed so far above other 993-generation Porsches as to be essentially nonexistent: Merely 14 were constructed by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur at the request of Fitz Haberl, one of Porsche’s most influential dealers in Munich. With widened rear wheel arches and a factory-optional spoiler fitted, the black-on-black theme of this ultra-rare 911 is broken only by its Maroon-colored cloth top. Originally priced with an 89,500 DM premium over the non-turbocharged variant (the approximate equivalent of a $110,139 surcharge today), this example sets the tone for the rest of our list: Unapologetically extraordinary.

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2004 Porsche Carrera GT

Unveiled in spectacular fashion on the eve of the 2000 Paris Motor Show, the concept Carrera GT was a statement that Porsche was not beholden to the rear-engine, six-cylinder formula that built the brand’s reputation. Instead, when the production version of the Carrera GT supercar was released in 2004, it marked many milestones not simply in the history of Porsche, but in the automotive world writ large: The Carrera GT was the first production vehicle built around a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, a foundation that makes up nearly every serious supercar today. Unlike the offerings of today, however, this U.S.-spec Fayence Yellow-over-Dark Grey Carrera GT is shifted by its driver.

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2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic

Sometimes, a look back can provide an opportunity for reinvention. The “Classic” in this Sport Classic can easily be observed in this example’s timeless silhouette, echoing some of the dramatic highlights from the brand’s history, right down to the headline-grabbing “ducktail” spoiler. And yet, factory-equipped with a ‘Power Kit,’ the Sport Classic’s 3.8-litre, horizontally opposed, six-cylinder engine comfortably produced 408 horsepower—nearly double the 210 horsepower produced from the 2.7-litre, air-cooled engine under the original “ducktail”: The 1973 Carrera 911 RS 2.7. This example was only the twelfth ever built out of a limited run of 250 ever made. As such, the desirability among Porschephiles for the few Sport Classics released has been strong from the time it was announced. A modern icon.

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2014 Porsche 918 Spyder

As truly old-school Porsche followers will no doubt recognize, hybrid power has flowed in the brand’s blood since the Lohner-Porsche of 1900. Though Ferdinand Porsche’s first effort was driven by electric motors mounted in wheel hubs (a true innovation, spawningseveralmodernimitators), the elder Porsche could scarcely have conceived of the levels of power and refinement achieved by the 918 Spyder. Showing under 5,500 km from new, this tasteful, hybrid hypercar has been optioned with Porsche’s Liquid Chrome Blue Metallic over Mocha Brown leather with Silver accents—one of only three ordered in this exact specification. The perfect counterpoint to the raw emotion from the Carrera GT supercar, this 918 is proof of Porsche’s evolution into a world-class OEM that can offer both exhilarating performance and unparalleled refinement in the same forward-thinking package.

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2010 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Not the first model overseen by this individual, but the first on our list, this 2010 Porsche 911 GT2 RS marks for us the introduction of a name that will no doubt one day be added to the list of greatest-ever automotive engineers: Dr. Andreas Preuninger. Reputed among the motoring press as the person who nearly single-handedly re-established Porsche performance, Dr. Preuninger has overseen every GT-branded model but one (if you have yet to see it, this recent Top Gear segment is illuminating). For this 2010 example, Dr. Preuninger achieved outright domination of the leaderboards, not only on paper, with the GT2 RS earning the title of “fastest and most powerful 997-generation 991” upon its release, but on the track as well, with the model setting a 2010 record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife that remained unbroken internally until the 991.2 Turbo S in 2017. Deeply impressive.

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2017 Porsche 911 R

In almost a year of compiling this semi-regular blog for RM Sotheby’s, your humble writer has tried to keep his personal preferences private, but with this example, he must confess an undeniable bias. Since serving as an editor on the English-language translation of the definitive book on the making of the modern 911 R, this writer was struck by the sincerity of the true believers within Porsche who balance respect for the brand’s history while understanding the necessity to reinvent it. Practically covered with grace notes and “Easter Eggs” instantly recognizable to Porschephiles everywhere down to the “pepita”-patterned inserts on the brown leather seats, this model was a nod to the original motorsport-inspired 911 R from 1967. For many other brands, the hint at history would be merely aesthetic, but underneath the skin existed the same GT3 RS-spec suspension and 4.0-litre powerplant that made all of Dr. Preuninger’s other output so exemplary. The most critical addition was a six-speed manual gearbox; no spoiler necessary. This example, the 401st constructed out of 991 total, is made even more extraordinary by its Paint-to-Sample Gulf Blue exterior.

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2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Proving exactly the ethos of individualism that has from the beginning been integral to the Porsche brand, this RennSport-spec, Paint-to-Sample Porsche 911 GT2 RS was ordered new in this striking shade of Azzurro California Metallic with contrasting gold-colored center-lock wheels. The outspoken exterior of the GT2 is balanced by its straightforward, motorsport-inspired interior, with adaptive sport seats trimmed in two-tone, light blue-over-black leather. Underneath the skin, Dr. Preuninger’s lightening regime truly shines, with the roof of this 911 GT2 RS fashioned from the ultimate natural material for lightweight strength: Magnesium. With carbon-fiber components used throughout this example, it is clear this colorful car makes a modern statement that the future of Porsche performance is bright.

 

Blog Author:Forest Casey
Casey is the Editorial and Marketing Content Developer at RM Sotheby’s.

Significant Sales – Volume I, Issue XII

Sotheby’s International Realty has released the new Significant Sales issue.

This issue features top sales from throughout our network of worldwide affiliates, starting with an exquisite ranch property in Clark, Colorado. Also featured are exclusive properties from a diverse range of locations including Czech Republic, Malta, South Africa, and Australia. 

Check it out here: Significant Sales – Volume I, Issue XII.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands into Nicaragua!

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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the brand’s expansion into Nicaragua with the opening of Nicaragua Sotheby’s International Realty.

Nicaragua Sotheby’s International Realty is owned by Emerald Coast Realty. Led by Managing Partner Trevor Barran, Nicaragua Sotheby’s International Realty will serve the luxury real estate market throughout the country.

“With its uniquely beautiful landscape, Nicaragua is emerging as a robust destination for luxury real estate,” said Philip White, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “The Nicaragua Sotheby’s International Realty team has successfully developed and sold luxury properties in New York, Miami and around Latin America and are passionate and knowledgeable about the Nicaraguan real estate market.  We are proud to welcome them to our global network.”

“We are excited to represent the Sotheby’s International Realty brand in Nicaragua and are committed to providing an unrivaled level of service to our clients,” said Barran.  “This affiliation strategically positions us for continued growth in this emerging market.  We believe in the long-term potential of Nicaragua and are invested in its success.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 18,800 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 835 offices in 63 countries and territories worldwide.  Nicaragua Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Enters Alabama

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Kaiser Real Estate Sales in Alabama is the newest member of its real estate network and will now operate as Kaiser Sotheby’s International Realty.

The firm, owned and operated by Leonard Kaiser, will service Baldwin County and the greater Coastal Alabama area with two offices inOrange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama.  This is the first Sotheby’s International Realty® affiliate company in the state of Alabama.

“Coastal Alabama is an ideal area for lifestyle activities such as boating and fishing making it an increasingly popular second-home market,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Located on the Gulf of Mexico, the region is also in close proximity to the vibrant city of New Orleans. We are thrilled to expand the Sotheby’s International Realty network presence to Coastal Alabama and are proud to welcome Kaiser Sotheby’s International Realty to the brand.”

Kaiser and his team have been serving the local real estate community for over 35 years. “Our firm is dedicated to providing five-star service to buyers and sellers of real estate along the Alabama Gulf Coast,” said Kaiser.  “Affiliating with Sotheby’s International Realty provides us with a global audience and we are proud to showcase our coastal community to the world.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 18,800 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 835 offices in 63 countries and territories worldwide.  Kaiser Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.

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Agent Feature | Mary Diehl – Her Life Magazine

Our agent, Mary Diehl, was featured in this month’s issue of Her Life Magazine in their ‘Ask the Expert’ section. Take a peek for her take on the Capital Region Real Estate market and top tips for buyers.

 

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Extraordinary Properties | Mountain View Edition

“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!” – Dr Seuss

Given Select Sotheby’s International Realty’s vast coverage of New York State, it’s no surprise that our listing portfolio is a cornucopia of magnificent mountain properties. There is something euphoric about the views, enthralling about the elevation and enchanting about the sense of peace and serenity. From the Catskills to the High Peaks of the Adirondacks, here are four properties that present unique and distinctive mountain lifestyles.

 

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675 Ploutz Road, Roxbury NY | $5,999,000

This spectacular Catskill Mountain Estate offers almost 450 acres of prime and pristine mountain and valley land. Numerous trails, streams and a pond help to make this property a truly private retreat. The magnificent home features views in every direction, and the large rooms create bright and open spaces for entertaining or simply relaxing by the fire. A truly one-of-a-kind location with unrivalled panoramas.

 

80WhalenDrive
80 Whalen Drive, Warrensburg NY | $895,000

Sitting like an exquisite gem high above the town of Warrensburg, this 46-acre mountaintop property provides unrivaled panoramic views all the way to the High Peaks. Picture yourself floating serenely in an infinity pool on the edge of the property with the wilderness of the Adirondacks beneath you. Give a little TLC to the existing uniquely designed Adirondack/Japanese style home, or we can recommend an architect/builder to help you build your own custom home. The property has gated private drive and a cell tower which provides monthly income.

 

329SkyHiRoad
329 Sky Hi Road, Thurnam NY | $539,000

This year-round home is settled on the original site of the historic Sky Hi Ranch. The just-over 2,000 square foot house has a spacious open floor plan on the first floor, a wide deck overlooking Crane Mountain and a large screened-in porch with a stove, perfect for 3 season enjoyment. With 156 acres of uninterrupted wild Adirondack acreage, there is no limit to the outdoor recreational activities and potential use for this property. There is an established network of trails throughout the property, perfect for hiking, biking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling or exploring by ATV. This is an ideal year-round getaway for the outdoor enthusiast.

 

48RacoonRidge
48 Racoon Ridge, Keene Valley NY | $250,000

Nestled atop a foothill of New York’s High Peak Mountains, this property has views like no other. The 2.7-acre camp boasts trees and wildlife galore, and inside the home there is plenty of room for both family and friends – all just minutes away from what has been noted as the best hiking and fishing in the state. The town of Keene Valley is quaint and friendly with restaurants and shops, farm stands and gourmet food stores. Close to Lake Placid and Lake Champlain, this area is beloved by people worldwide.

PS – Check out the latest edition of our Portfolio Magazine, featuring the best of Mountain Lifestyles.

Sotheby’s International Realty Expands Luxury Brand Presence into Ireland

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC announced it has signed an agreement to expand its global real estate network into Ireland with the formation of Ireland Sotheby’s International Realty.

Ireland Sotheby’s International Realty will be led by seasoned local real estate professionals David Ashmore and Bill Montgomery.  The firm, whose main office will be located in Dublin, will service the luxury residential real estate market throughout Ireland.

Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to providing our network’s exclusive real estate services in luxury property destinations around the world,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Dublin is a vibrant and important city with its rising luxury real estate market and unique culture.  We are proud to expand the brand’s presence into Ireland and welcome Ireland Sotheby’s International Realty to our network.”

Ireland is truly becoming a destination for international buyers of luxury residential real estate,” said Ashmore.  “As a member of the Sotheby’s International Realty network, we are able to take advantage of the brand’s global platform and access an audience far beyond our local reach.  We are delighted to be joining this esteemed network.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 18,800 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 835 offices in 63 countries and territories worldwide.  Ireland Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.

Sotheby’s International Realty | Significant Sales Vol 10/2015

Sotheby’s International Realty has released their latest volume of the brand’s Significant Sales.

This issue features top sales from throughout our network of worldwide affiliates, starting with a contemporary mountain home in Colorado.Also featured are properties from a diverse range of locations including California, Florida, Wyoming, New York, Connecticut, Taiwan, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Spain. The strength of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand is on display in this issue, featuring some of the world’s most significant sales.

Check it out here | Significant Sales Vol 10

Sotheby’s International Realty Reports $80 Billion In Sales For 2015

MADISON, N.J. (Feb. 25, 2016) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today reported that in 2015 its affiliated brokers and sales professionals achieved approximately $80 billion in U.S. home sales volume (transaction sides multiplied by average sale price). Driven largely by a brand record of over 100,000 total transaction sides, this is the highest annual sales volume performance in the history of the brand and marks a 13% increase from the prior year.

Global Growth

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand also reported growth in its global network, which now encompasses 63 countries and territories worldwide. At year-end, the network totaled 835 offices, a gain of nearly 10%, and more than 18,800 sales associates, up 14%.

“2015 was a record year for domestic franchise sales for the Sotheby’s International Realty brand,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “This year alone, we have also added 12 international, independently owned and operated affiliate brokerage locations to our global network, which will drive accessibility to the increasing level of international buyers in key luxury markets.”

Outside the United States, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand continued to expand into key markets in 2015. The entire Gulf Region is poised for significant growth as the brand’s affiliate brokerage in the region, Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty, acquired the rights to deliver real estate services in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The brand saw continued growth entering the countries of Chile, Finland, Ireland, The Netherlands, and Nicaragua, while expanding its presence in Italy, Queensland, Australia and in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand also added five independently owned and operated residential real estate firms and 73 new offices to its network across the United States. This past year witnessed continued growth by existing affiliate companies through mergers, acquisitions and recruiting. Notable transactions included the coming together of three companies in Vermont and New Hampshire that resulted in one of the largest operators in those states under the Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty banner, and the acquisition of South Bay Brokers in Manhattan Beach by Vista Sotheby’s International Realty. Several key open markets were also filled, namely: Baltimore, Md.; Block Island, R.I.; Charlottesville, Va. and Portland, Ore.

Last year The Wall Street Journal/REAL Trends “Top Thousand” ranked agents based on average sales price, recognizing the success of agents that specialize in the luxury real estate segment. The Sotheby’s International Realty brand had 75 of the top 250 (30%) individuals by average sales price. This achievement is reflective of the success of our efforts to further establish the brand as the voice of luxury.

In 2016 and for the ninth year in a row, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand won Franchise Business Review’s Best in Category for Real Estate Franchisee Satisfaction award. In addition to its real estate ranking, the brand also came in fourth in the overall top 50, and second among the Top 50 “Systems with 250 or more units,” which is a ranking of all franchise systems across all categories with more than 250 locations.

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand hosted several international networking events throughout the year exemplifying its truly global reach. An event in Rome brought together 27 affiliated companies from 19 countries within the European, Middle Eastern and African region while another event in Rancho Palos Verdes, California had representation from over 113 affiliated companies worldwide. “Our international footprint is the cornerstone of our global esteem and our events around the world serve as a platform for our network to work together while developing relationships to increase referrals and share best practices on the exclusive line of Sotheby’s International Realty products to better serve their clients’ needs and meet their business goals,” said White.

Marketing

From a marketing perspective, the brand’s 2015 campaign delivered more than 1.2 billion impressions. At the core of the Sotheby’s International Realty 2015 strategy was its relationships with preeminent media powerhouses in both print and online arenas to showcase unique properties from the brand’s worldwide network including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Bloomberg, Financial Times and as the exclusive real estate partner for Dwell.com.

To mark the 40th year of Sotheby’s International Realty in the luxury residential real estate brokerage business, Philip White and Wendy Purvey, chief marketing officer, were joined by honorary guests of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand to ring the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on December 29, 2015. Additionally, the brand was featured with prime placement on the New York Stock Exchange video banner in Times Square. Running the entire month of December, the video was shown 15 times per day, reaching over 1.6 million daily visitors to Times Square and highlighted the brand’s lifestyle focus and drove viewers to sothebysrealty.com for more information.

Finally, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s website, sothebysrealty.com, was re-launched in 2015 to provide a fully immersive, responsive, video-based experience with unique content. With a focus on creating the best possible user experience, the new sothebysrealty.com continues the brand’s tradition of revolutionizing luxury real estate in the digital space. Last year the site saw the most traffic in its history with 14 million visits, a 30% increase year over year. The new Sotheby’s International Realty, website was recognized by the Web Marketing Association with the “2015 Outstanding Website WebAward” and by W3 with the “2015 W3 Gold Award.”

Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, each brokerage firm and its clients benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs. Each office is independently owned and operated.