Jerry Seinfield Sells Porsche Collection for $22 Million+
Since 1989, comedian Jerry Seinfield has been on America’s TV’s as his ...
Since 1989, comedian Jerry Seinfield has been on America’s TV’s as his semifictional self in the show Seinfield. It is one of the few shows that can play over and over and still get views. Seinfield is an actor and coffee-lover, as well as a huge Porsche enthusiast. Over the years, he has built his collection of Porsche’s and VW’s to over 40 cars. This weekend at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island auction, Jerry released 18 of his gems to the public.
These 17 beautiful cars sold for a total of $22,224,500, with his 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder coming in on top at $5,335,000. Only one car didn’t sell; his 2000 Carrera GT prototype. This collection had a variety cars, but my favorite was his 1997 Porsche 993 Cup 3.8 RSR, known as the Clubsport RS here in the states. This package turns a normal RS into a track-ready racecar with a full rollcage and most of the creature comforts, like air conditioning and carpet, stripped from the car. This is a no nonsense racecar and brought nearly a million dollars at this weekend sale.
One of the most historically-important cars in the collection would have to be the 1973 Porsche 917/30. This car dominated the Can-Am Series in such a way that it was named the “Can-Am Killer.” It was developed in part by Penske racing and the legendary driver, Mark Donohue. The Porsche 917/30 was Donohue’s pride and joy. He planned to end his racing career driving this car. At the 1973 Indy 600, Donohue witnessed his friend Swede Savage’s death and he decided it was time for him to retire from racing. After dominating Can-Am in 1973, he decided to keep racing, and died in 1975 after a testing accident caused by tire failure in the March 751 Formula One car. This is the most powerful SCCA racer ever built and raced. The 5.4-liter 12-cylinder twin-turbocharged powerplant could produce 1,580 hp in qualifying tune with the turbos at full boost; 39 psi. For racing, they tuned it down to around 1,100 hp at 7,800 rpm to preserve the engine. This beast only weight 1,800 pounds, which gives it a power-to-weight ratio of 0.88 horsepower per pound. The 917 was also the only championship-winning car in Can-Am not to be powered by Chevrolet at the time. This car was so extreme that the SCCA complained about the car’s ridiculous power. They said it was simply too much, but Donohue thought otherwise.
We’re far from having too much horsepower…my definition of too much horsepower is when all four wheels are spinning in every gear.
Seinfield’s collection was a large contribution to Gooding & Co.’s sale this weekend. We’d love to see what Jerry still has hidden away. Rumor has it that the first and last of the air-cooled Porsche’s are hidden in his garage. I’d love to get a chance to check out the rest of his collection someday. Here is the full list of the cars he sold and the selling prices.
- 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder — $5,335,000
- 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster — $682,000
- 1958 Porsche 356A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster — $1,540,000
- 1958 Porsche 597 Jagdwagen — $330,000
- 1959 Porsche 718RSK — $2,860,000
- 1963 Porsche 356B 2000 GS Carrera 2 Coupe — $825,000
- 1966 Porsche 911 — $275,000*
- 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder — $3,000,000
- 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR — $2,310,000
- 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster — $363,000*
- 1990 Porsche 962C — $1,650,00
- 1994 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6 Turbo S Flachbau — $1,017,500*
- 1997 Porsche 993 3.8 Cup RSR — $935,000
- 2011 Porsche 997 Speedster — $440,000
- 2012 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 4.0 “Brumos Commemorative Edition” — $462,000
- 1960 Volkswagen Beetle — $121,000*
- 1964 Volkswagen Camper — $99,000