All across Florida residents hunkered down in preparation for one of the most powerful hurricanes in history, Hurricane Irma. Some people evacuated while others are made plans to stay safe as close to home as possible. For residents near Sunny Isles, that means taking your exotic car to a shelter, the 60-story Porsche Design building located at 18555 Collins Avenue that was built to withstand Category 5 winds. As of right now, there are only 10 people living in the building.
Wish you were a fly on the wall to know what model cars will be parked? We hear there’s up to 10 of Lamborghini Miami’s $5 million-and-up cars, including a $5 million Ferrari and a $15 million Pagani Zonda. That’s according to developer Gil Dezer who told The Real Deal.
Prestige Imports, a luxury car dealership in North Miami Beach, will be also keeping its unsold penthouse located on the 56th floor with the ability to store up to 11 vehicles. There are two penthouses, and both feature a garage designed to be used as a car gallery that can accommodate up to seven vehicles. As if that’s not enough, also included are two separate car sky garages in each of the penthouse units.
If you are like us, you’re probably thinking, “How do they get the cars up there?” Silly question! The building has a unique ability to lift cars from ground level. To be precise there are three such lifts. A first-of-its-kind auto elevator lift system, dubbed the “Dezervator” and named after Dezer himself, is a high-tech hydraulic elevator that smoothly transports owner’s cars to private sky garages adjacent to their condo units. The system has received worldwide publicity, having been prominently featured on financial news networks and TV programs touting the lifestyles of the wealthy.
Porsche Design brought in additional pumps to ensure that everything stays absolutely dry. There’s even a team working 24-hours a day dedicated to keeping everything going.
Just how valuable does a car have to be to make it into the Porsche Design building? Talks are still underway to decide if a Lamborghini Huracán, which start at just under $200,000, will be brought into the shelter.
For the rest of us, insurance companies suggest parking vehicles close to buildings for protection against high winds, and to avoid parking under trees.