With all that NBC and Sony money coming in, we wonder: Does Jerry Seinfeld need space the for something even more special in his garage? Either way, if you’re in the market for a Porsche 550 Spyder, a 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster or a 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR, prepare your bank account for a diet.
Apparently, Seinfeld said the following about letting go three of his beloved Porsches at the Amelia Island Auction on March, 11:
I’ve never bought a car as an investment. I don’t really even think of myself as a collector. I just love cars. And I still love these cars. But it’s time to send some of them back into the world, for someone else to enjoy, as I have.
As you would expect from the guy who’s first car was a 1973 Fiat 128 Sport L, each of Jerry’s Porsches has an immaculate history.
1955 Porsche 550 Spyder
Coachwork by Wendler
This is surely one of the finest examples of the iconic 550 Spyder - Porsche’s original four-cam sports racing car. This 550 Spyder was completed in August 1955 and finished in the distinctive livery of blue with white rear spears and beige upholstery. This car was owned by Lou Hilton, a classic car collector living in Greenville, Maine for approximately four decades, who maintained the car in exceptionally original, unrestored condition. Mr. Hilton sold the car in 1999 to Porsche collector Joel Horvitz of Massachusetts, who retained the car until his death in 2006.
Mr. Seinfeld has owned this 550 Spyder for the past decade. During his ownership, the 550 Spyder was displayed by Porsche at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show. Today, the car retains its original chassis, body, engine, and transaxle, and with the exception of one repaint in the 1970s is an unrestored car with just 10,300 miles from new.
1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster
Coachwork by Reutter
One of only 151 Carrera Speedsters built, this late-production GS/GT was factory-prepared as a competition car, with lightweight aluminum panels, large GT drum brakes, extended range fuel tank, roll bar, and Porsche’s advanced Type 692/0 four-cam, roller-bearing engine.
One of only 13 Speedsters (and the only Carrera Speedster) originally finished in Auratium Green - a splendid period color available for only one year - this car represents the ultimate development of this iconic Porsche sports car. Recently restored by a marque specialist to its original, as-delivered specification, this 1500 GS/GT Speedster earned a streak of concours wins, including Best in Class honors at the Quail Motorsports Gathering in Carmel Valley, California and the Annual 356 Club Dana Point Conocurs d’Elegance.
1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR
Chassis 911 460 0016
In 1973, Roger Penske took delivery of 15 brightly colored 911 Carreras purpose built for a special racing series - the International Race of Champions (IROC). Powered by a three-liter engine and combining features from the 1973 and 1974 Carrera RSRs, the IROC RSRs competed in a series of four races held at Riverside Raceway and Daytona Speedway in 1973 and 1974. This car, chassis 911 460 0016, was the first of the IROC RSRs built and was originally finished in Bright yellow.
Driven in the IROC series by motorsport legends Peter Revson, Gordon Johncock and George Follmer. Following its service in the IROC series, the RSR was sold to Gray Eggerton, who campaigned it in the IMSA Camel GT series where it was driven by Elliot Forbes-Robinson and Milt Minter. Beautifully restored to its original IROC livery, this RSR has participated in several significant vintage races and was displayed at Rennsport Reunion II, held at Daytona Speedway.
Still unconvinced? Well, I’m pretty sure you’ll something equally wonderful you can’t afford at Gooding & Company’s ‘upcoming’ lot list.
As for Mr. Seinfeld, we recommend this to consider as something that’s anything but an investment.
Photo credit for all: Copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Photos by Brian Henniker and Mathieu Heurtault.
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