WhatsApp’s ex-CEO and co-founder, Jan Koum, is selling a part of his incredible Porsche collection since he has too many of them lying around. As much as it sounds absurd and exaggerated, the WhatsApp boss will be selling 10 Porsche models just because he doesn’t have the time to drive them — talk about first world problems!
“These meticulously curated Motorsport Department models illustrates the remarkable evolution of Porsche performance over the past 25 years – from the air-cooled Carrera RS of the 1990s to the latest groundbreaking supercars,” states David Brynan, Senior Specialist at Gooding & Company.
“We are thrilled to be presenting these examples of Porsche greatness from a dedicated collector who has painstakingly assembled an unrivaled collection.”
Jan Koum, former CEO and co-founder of the mobile messaging application WhatsApp, has a profound love for rare Porsches and built an extraordinary collection containing only the finest, most unique examples of important models.
“I am very excited to partner with Gooding to help find the next custodian for these wonderful machines.” says Jan Koum. “Many of these Porsches offered for sale are the best examples in the world and they are all an important part of my collection. 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.
Jan Koum has surely raised the benchmark of garage goals for each and every car enthusiast out there. Normal people would probably see this as an ostentatious act and only those like us would understand this. Cars are some of the best machines man has ever made. With time, they’ve become even more than just a machine for many. Are you one of them?