The duPont REGISTRY has been a proud sponsor of the Greenwich Concours since its inception. Over the years, we have met thousands of fans from around New England. Many participants have interesting histories, but there are a couple ingrained in my mind for their commitment to the Concours, along with a passion for the automotive experience and lifestyle. Douglas Brown and his wife, Susan Sciotto-Brown, have participated in the Greenwich Concours for over twenty years with a particular focus on Lotus and Porsche automobiles.
Their interest in these two marques is based upon the storied competition success, along with the groundbreaking engineering design. Both Colin Chapman and Ferry Porsche were revolutionary with respect to their approach to Formula 1 and sports car racing. The Lotus ethos has always been, “For speed add lightness” and this is reflected in a Lotus collection that spans Formula Juniors through Lotus Exiges. From the Porsche side, the collection emphasizes the lightweight 911 Renn Sport cars; highlighting the Mezger engine evolution from the original air-cooled 1973 911RS through the water-cooled 997 GT3 RS 4.0 liter. The Mezger flat six engine design evolved from 2.7 liters through 3.0, 3.6, 3.8 and finally 4.0 liters – a flat six engine design that has produced more sports car victories than any other engine in history.
The collection has been built over three decades with all the cars in Concours condition and many having a significant competitive history. As an example, there is a 1984 Rothmans Prodrive Porsche 911 SC/RS that was one of five originals that have previously been shown at the Greenwich Concours and was also the recipient of a Gmund Award at the 2015 Porsche Club of America Parade (The Gmund Award recognizes the highest level of restoration at the annual Parade).
Housing this historical collection is an 1890s carriage house in the Village of Tuxedo Park that is ideally suited to a car collector’s requirements. Originally constructed as a residence that also incorporated horse stables and carriage storage, the house has been faithfully reconstructed to the original design but offers state-of-the-art amenities. Within the confines of the historic Village of Tuxedo Park, the property offers a discerning car collector a truly unique property in the New York metro area.
The reconstructed residence was built from 2006-2008, incorporating modern amenities while retaining the exact architectural design from the original 1890s structure. The property offers a main residence along with an ancillary garage that also reflects a similar design. Both structures incorporate such details as radiant heated inlaid herringbone brick floors and cedar beadboard walls. The residence offers a full culinary kitchen, state-of-the-art mechanicals systems (16 heating zones), a central vacuum system and offers ceilings in the first-floor residence that are 13.5 feet high and ten feet high on the second and third floors.
The carriage house retains many original period components that were preserved from the original house, including large interior double carriage doors, horse stall doors and a wet bar that incorporates the watering trough from the stables. On all three floors of the two structures brick and heart-pine flooring, period lighting and custom woodwork bring this 19th century estate back to life. The exterior blends into the natural surroundings with Sikkens-stained cedar clapboard siding and stoned walkways preserved from the original Wagstaff estate.
At ground level, both structures can accommodate 15 automobiles and offer a centrally plumbed compressor system with extensive workshop space. The finished upper level of the ancillary garage offers numerous possibilities to accommodate new owners. If required, the new ancillary garage can be modified to accommodate another six to eight vehicles.The property is listed with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty for $1,795,000. The Village of Tuxedo Park is a guard-gated community offering unparalleled natural beauty and a quick commute to New York City with the tranquility of 19th-century seclusion. Click the link below for more information and stay with us for more unbelievable automotive estates.