Jerry Seinfeld Porsches Sell For Over £15.5 Million
The Gooding & Company auction house saw its records smashed at this weekend’s Amelia Island event, where Porsches from The Jerry Seinfeld Collection went under the hammer, achieving more than $22.2 million.
Word of Seinfeld’s Porsche auction was heavily publicised in the run up to the event, and the man himself introduced the sale of his rare machines in person in front of an enthusiastic crowd. Seinfeld’s 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder proved the most popular lot, which achieved $5,335,000 (£3.7 million). The 1959 Porsche 718 RSK sold for $2,860,000 (£1.9 million), the ex-Revson 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR (below) went for $2,310,000 ($1.6 milion).
Seinfeld’s 1990 Porsche 962C made $1,650,000 (£1.1 million), the 1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster sold for $1,540,000 (£1.07 million) and the 1994 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6 S Flachbau hit $1,017,500 (£707k) before the hammer fell. Of those Porsche cars which sold for less than one million Dollars, Seinfeld’s 1998 Porsche 993 3.8 Cup RSR achieved $935,000 (£650k), and the 1963 Porsche 356 B 2000 GS/GT Carrera 2 Coupe sold for $825,000 (£573k). Seinfeld’s original 1960 Volkswagen Beetle reached $121,000 (£84k) – according to Gooding & Company that’s a new world auction record for VW Beetle.
There’s no doubt that the unrestored 550 Spyder is a stunning car, and an exceptionally original example. It boasts just three owners over the past fifty years and retains its original colour scheme and upholstery. A matching numbers car, it is powered by the venerable 1498cc DOHC Type 547 Flat 4-Cylinder engine on twin Solex carburetors, which has covered just 10,500-miles from new.
Five of the Seinfeld Porsches made the top ten sales from the event, but the 550 Spyder Roadster’s $5,335,000 price was not enough for it to clinch the crown as the most expensive car at the sale, that honour went to a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Short Wheelbase Spider (closed headlight) that sold for $17,160,000 (£12 milion).
A full list of auction results can be viewed online at www.goodingco.com/results