Car-loving comedian puts Porsches from his collection into Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island auction
Jerry Seinfeld is a Porsche nut. He is said to own 47 of them, from an aluminium-bodied 1949 356 to a 959 and a Carrera GT, distributed between New York and Santa Monica. Maybe that’s too many, for the star of sitcom Seinfeld and the web series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee has entered three of them into Gooding’s Amelia Island sale on 11 March.
Oldest is a 1955 Wendler-bodied Porsche 550 Spyder, chassis number 60 and painted, unusually, in blue with white ‘spears’ on the tops of the rear wings. Apart from a 1970s repaint it’s said to be in original, unrestored condition with only 12,500 miles under its wheels. A collector from Maine, Lou Hilton, owned this little sports car with its four-camshaft engine for most of its first four decades. The pre-sale estimate is $5,000,000-6,000,000.
Next up is a 1958 Porsche 356A. What’s special about it is the fact that it’s both a Carrera, with that four-cam, roller-bearing engine, and a Speedster. Even better, this multiple concours-winning GS/GT version was competition-prepared by the factory with aluminium panels, big brakes and more. Now restored, it’s estimated at over $2,000,000.
Completing the trio is a 1974 911 RSR 3.0 IROC, the first of 15 such cars commissioned by Roger Penske for the International Race Of Champions series. Drivers included Peter Revson, Gordon Johncock and George Follmer before it had a second career in the IMSA Camel GT series. It’s now restored back to IROC spec, and expected to make as much as $1,500,000. Words: John Simister