Stars love cars and Jerry Seinfeld is no exception. In fact, he may be the Gold Standard of car collectors; at one time the comedian owned a record 46 Porsche models. Recently, he auctioned off a few of those classics as well as several Volkswagen models. That still leaves lots of cars for the $1.4 million dollar garage and Seinfeld’s fleet management team to accommodate.
The East Coast automotive auction of Seinfeld’s cars was managed by Gooding and Company and held in Amelia Island, Florida. Total purchases were over $22 million. The only car that did not sell was a 2000 Porsche Carrera GT prototype, estimated value $1.5 million – $2 million plus. The car may not have sold because certain regulations and requirements were not in place.
Seinfeld’s car collection is considered to be one of the most valuable in the country. His penchant for Porsche is easy to understand. These are sleek, edgy cars with hand detailed plush leather interiors, Perlon or Velour custom automotive grade carpet, and rubber or Coco mat floor mats. Coco mats are used in a variety of luxury cars including Mercedes Benz, blank and blank. The company actually studied original Porsche mats for weave and color in its products. Luxury on wheels, for sure, with tires designed with Porsche N-specifications during the vehicle development phase.
Listed below are some of the expensive cars the star maintains. Because Seinfeld is notoriously private, exactly what he paid for each vehicle is not entirely known:
1955 Porsche 550 RS (value $60,000-$3 million)
This is one of 70 manufactured that year, one of which was driven by actor James Dean when he was fatally injured. Seinfeld allowed this racing car to be exhibited at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. The top speed for this beauty is approximately 140 miles per hour and prior to its release it was raced in the 1954 Mille Miglia race from Brescia to Rome, Italy.
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS (value $500,000-$1.4 million)
The car is considered legendary and one of the best car investment of all time. Only 49 models were produced. Has a 210bhp air-cooled, horizontally opposed, six-cylinder engine and a five speed manual gearbox. “A race car for the street” is how some enthusiast describe the vehicle. This one of Seinfeld’s own cars used in an episode of his show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The car was also involved in a 2014 fender bender in the Hamptons. The car that backed into it was a BMW sedan.
1949 Porsche 356/2 (value over $700,000)
One of the first production cars designed and thought to be the 22nd Porsche produced. Seinfeld’s car is number 40 of the 52 built between 1949 and 1950, only 30 still exist. It features a distinctive split windshield, mechanical brakes, and is powered by a 40 horse power air-cooled engine with two carburetors. The car was hand built, is all aluminum, and was manufactured at Porsche’s first location in Gmund, Austria. Seinfeld’s car was first used as a development car to perfect aerodynamics and mechanical components for the 356 L racecars at LeMans sports car race.
1986 Porsche 959
Seinfeld is rumored to have paid $700,000 for this very rare sports car, just 337 were built. When introduced it was the world’s fastest street-legal production car, in fact only 200 models were street legal. It has twin-turbo six-cylinder boxer engine and is capable of top speeds of 195 miles per hour. The 959 is considered the first super cars.
1964 Porsche 911
Seinfeld paid $400,000 for this car in 1996, one of the earliest produced by the company. This model was owned by Ferry Porsche, designer, engineer, and son of the founder. After the purchase Seinfeld sent it to Porsche works in Germany for an estimated $250,000 worth of restorations by Cavaglieri Restorations. The restoring process took five years and afterwards the car was on exhibit at the 2013 New York Auto Show. Only 232 were manufactured, experts calculate 48 are available in the 21st Century. The car has a rear flat engine with six cylinders and a 130 miles per hour top speed.
1966 Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet (value $80,000-$160,000)
Porsche’s first production car went through several revisions. In March 1966 the last 10 were re-designed for the German police force. Seinfeld’s car has the “Polizei” logo on the grill. With four-speed manual transmission and a permanent metal roof, the car is lightweight and easy to handle.
1957 Fiat 500 (value $13,000 and $40,000)
This is considered to be one of the first city cars and was designed by Dante Giacosa, the series was produced from 1957 to 1975. This car has blank doors and its successor was the Fiat 126. This is the car that Seinfeld was driving in a minor accident soon after he bought it in 2008. Tina Turner also owns one of these cars. The interior of the car has the same design details as the 1957 model.
1963 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia (value &10,000-$45,000)
this 2 door convertible or coupe has a four-cylinder Porsche 912 engine that makes Seinfeld’s ride more valuable than most other 1963 models. The Beetle’s chassis and mechanics were combined with the style designs of Luigi Segre of Italy’s carrozzeria Ghia. German coach-builder Karmann contributed hand-built body work. The car was extremely popular in the United States and South America. Over 445,000 were produced in Germany between 1955 and 1974.
1953 Porsche 550-03 (value $60,000 to over $100,000)
This 550 is race car, Seinfeld’s prototype was featured at the Porsche Rennsport Reunion vintage race. The event celebrates Porsche’s engineers and drivers. This car has been extensively restored by Seinfeld and was displayed in 2011 at the Quail Lodge in Carmel-by-the-sea, California. The car also raced in Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
1970 Porsche 911S “Henri” (value $37,000-$58,000)
Impressive and eclectic in color, this green 911 stands out in Seinfeld’s collection. The “Henri” in its name may prefer to Porsche specialist, Henri Joffroy. The car has a rear-mounted six cylinder boxer engine and all around independent suspension. This racy sports car performed well at Monte Carlo rallies.