When it comes to his line of work, Jerry Seinfeld sells no one short of his quick wit and ambition, which has made him one of the most famed Jewish comedians of our era. Outside of work, Seinfeld is noted as a car guru who has takes pride in his elaborate and exquisite collection of fine vehicles.
Seinfeld, noted as the “ultimate Porsche connoisseur,” set out on a new endeavor to auction some of his hot wheels in hopes that they’d be driven away by car enthusiasts like him. Seinfeld included 17 classic cars from his massive car collection, at the Amelia Island Auction in Florida.
The ‘show stopper’ at the auction was his 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder Roadster. The Porsche is the same model that actor James Dean had been driving when he tragically, crashed. It held the largest price tag of them all…..$5.3 million!
Among the many who attended the auction, was of course, Jerry Seinfeld who was eager to meet the new owners of some of his most prized babies. However, many of the winners were those who called in their bids by phone.
“He was really just excited to bring the cars back out into the world and have them have good homes,” said David Gooding, the founder of Gooding & Co., which sold Seinfeld’s much, loved, collection.
Gooding said Seinfeld was “thrilled” with the blockbuster sale, which included a 1959 Porsche 718 RSK that went for $2.86 million, a ’74 Porsche 011 Carrera 3.0 that sold for $2.3 million, and a 1990 Porsche 962C for $1.65 million.
Along with the many of Porsches he cleared out of his garage, Seinfeld also bid goodbye to his original 1960 Volkswagen Beetle, which had a price tag of $121,000.
Out of his 17 cars, only one was left unsold; a 2000 Porsche Carrera GT, which Gooding & Co. spokesman Tyler Gagnon called a “tough sell” because it was a prototype and couldn’t actually be driven.
Proving that Seinfeld isn’t the only car enthusiast out there, the sales of his classic car collection estimated a $22.24 million on auctioning day.
Paula Pinto Swiderski