Jerry Seinfeld to auction three of his prized Porsches

Jerry Seinfeld is about to part with his 1955 Porsche Spyder.
Jerry Seinfeld is about to part with his 1955 Porsche Spyder. Photo: Axel Koester

The sitcom he conceived may famously have been about nothing, but for Jerry Seinfeld it certainly added up to a fat wad of something, if the New York comedian's impressive collection of Porsches is anything to go by.

His collection is rumoured to comprise 47 vehicles, including an ultra-rare 959; one of only 337 ever built. The cars are stored in a $US1.4 million ($1.96 million) temperature-controlled garage in Manhattan and maintained by a private mechanic.

And now those with deep enough pockets will have the chance to take one home, when three superb examples go under the hammer at an upcoming auction at the Amelia Island 2016 Concours D'Elegance on March 11 in Florida.

From left: 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder; 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR; 1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster.
From left: 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder; 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR; 1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster. Photo: Gooding & Company

Spyder standout

Via auction firm Gooding & Company, Seinfeld is putting up for sale a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder; a 1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster; and a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR.

The standout is the 550 Spyder, which is in completely original condition with matching engine, body and transaxle. It is the same model and pearl-grey colour as the Porsche in which Hollywood heart-throb James Dean was killed in 1955. It is estimated it will fetch up to $US6 million. The Carrera Speedster may reach $US2.5 million.

It's time to send some of them back into the world, for someone else to enjoy, as I have.

Jerry Seinfeld

Seinfeld has said he isn't selling the cars to make money (not that he'd need to; his fortune is estimated at more than $US800 million and last year alone he made $US36 million).

Seinfeld's 1958 Porsche 356 A Carrera Speedster GS GT.
Seinfeld's 1958 Porsche 356 A Carrera Speedster GS GT. Photo: Gooding & Company

"I've never bought a car as an investment," Seinfeld said in a Gooding & Company press release. "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."

Making room in the garage

It has been suggested Seinfeld's real motivation may be to make room in his garage for new additions. He once rented an aircraft hangar at the Santa Monica Airport in California to store some of the vehicles in his sprawling collection.

Seinfeld is not the only celebrity with a hankering for Porsches. Maria Sharapova, Miley Cyrus, Ellen Degeneres and well known car fanatic Jay Leno are all professed owners of the German marque.

The 1955 Porsche 550 Spider is expected to fetch over US$5 million.
The 1955 Porsche 550 Spider is expected to fetch over US$5 million. Photo: Gooding & Company

And although Janis Joplin sang about buying a Mercedes Benz, it was a 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 Cabriolet that caught her eye. She purchased the car in the late '60s and blinged it up with a custom psychedelic paint job.

The wildly painted machine was auctioned last December by Sotheby's in New York, where a bidding war saw it fetch almost $US2.5 million – a world record price for that particular model.

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