All but one of Jerry Seinfeld’s Porsches sold at Gooding and Company’s Amelia Island auction
Gooding and Company offered a selection of 18 cars from the personal collection of Jerry Seinfeld at its Amelia Island auction, on 11 March. All but one of the cars managed to sell, including 15 Porsches and two Volkswagens, making a total of $22,244,500.
Seinfeld, a well known US comedian, decided to sell off a significant number of cars from his Porsche collection earlier in the year. This included a including a 1955 Wendler-bodied Porsche 550 Spyder, 1958 Porsche 356A, and a 1974 911 RSR 3.0 IROC.
That ‘74 911 IROC RSR was among the big sellers at the auction, ending at $2.3m, above the $1.2m-$1.5m estimate. Another big surprise of the auction was Seinfeld’s Beetle, which sold for $121,000.
Quite a few of the cars offered sold for solid prices (see full list below), although a couple were surprisingly cheap, going for significantly below estimate. Perhaps the most surprising was the 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder, which only managed to sell for $3,000,000, compared to its estimate of $5m-$7m.
There was also one Porsche that failed to sell – a prototype Carrera GT. This car was offered in ‘non drivable’ condition, due to the car’s ECU being removed, and Porsche only ever allowed the car to be sold on the condition it would never be driven. With an estimate of $1.5m-$2.2m, the car failed to meet its reserve.
Ahead of the sale, Seinfeld commented: ‘Each one of these cars is a pinnacle of mechanical culture to me. Many are the best examples that exist in the world, I've loved being entrusted with their care, and I'm proud of the level to which we have brought each and every one of these wonderful machines. Honestly, if I had unlimited time, space and attention span I would never sell one of them.
‘And the reason I wanted to bid these cars farewell in this way is really just to see the look of excitement on the faces of the next owners who I know will be out of their minds with joy that they are going to get to experience them. My enthusiasm for this pursuit remains quite insane and I am very fortunate to have many other cars I get to look after.’
Here’s the full list of Seinfeld’s cars and prices:
1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder - $3,000,000
1955 Porsche 550 Spyder - $363,000
1959 Porsche 718 RSK - $2,860,000
1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster - $1,540,000
2000 Porsche Carrera GT Prototype – Not Sold
1990 Porsche 962C - $1,650,000
1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR - $2,310,000
1998 Porsche 993 3.8 Cup RSR - $935,000
1963 Porsche 356 B 2000 GS Carrera 2 Coupe - $825,000
1994 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6 S Flachbau - $1,017,500
1957 Porsche 356 A Speedster - $682,000
2012 Porsche 997 GT3 4.0 Cup "Brumos Commemorative Edition" - $462,000
1958 Porsche 597 Jagdwagen - $330,000
2011 Porsche 997 Speedster - $440,000
1989 Porsche 911 Speedster - $363,000
1966 Porsche 911 - $275,000
1964 Volkswagen Camper - $99,000
1960 Volkswagen Beetle - $121,000