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Jerry Seinfeld offers up a trio of Porsches at Amelia Island

Published in blog.hemmings.com

Seinfeld Collection Porsches. Photos by Brian Henniker, courtesy Gooding & Company, unless otherwise noted. 

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has a thing for automobiles, most notably those from Porsche. His car collection is said to contain roughly 47 examples of Zuffenhausen’s finest, but after March 11, that count will likely drop by three. At Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island sale, Seinfeld’s 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, his 1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster and his 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR will all cross the block, and pre-sale estimates predict auction records will fall in the process.

1955 Porsche 550 Spyder

1955 Porsche 550 Spyder. Photo by Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy Gooding & Company.

Porsche 550 Spyders don’t come up for auction all that often, and when they do, prices reflect their rarity and desirability. Counting the later 550A models, roughly 95 examples were constructed between 1952 and 1956, and most led hard lives. Though road-legal, the Porsche 550 was a competition car, meaning that many examples were written off in racing accidents, or at the very least, crashed and rebuilt extensively.

1955 Porsche 550 Spyder

Photo by Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy Gooding & Company.

By those standards, Seinfeld’s 550, chassis 550-0060, appears to have led a rather sedate and pampered life. Constructed in August of 1955 and finished in the unusual blue with white livery it wears today, 550-0060 does not have a documented competition history. Its first owner of record was Maine collector Lou Hilton, who reportedly owned the car for four decades before it was acquired by Porsche 356 aficionado Joel Horvitz in 1999. Horvitz owned the car until his death in 2006, after which it was acquired by Seinfeld.

1955 Porsche 550 Spyder

Photo by Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy Gooding & Company.

Aside from a single repaint dating to the 1970s, the 550 is said to be original and unrestored, showing just 10,300 miles on the odometer. It is among the most pristine (and hence, desirable) Porsche 550s in existence. Gooding & Company is predicting a selling price between $5 million and $6 million, which would easily shatter the existing model auction record of $3.75 million, set by Mecum in Monterey in 2013.

1958 Porsche 356 A Carrera Speedster

1958 Porsche 356 A Carrera Speedster.

The comedian’s 1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster, chassis 84908, is one of 151 Carrera Speedsters constructed, and is reportedly the only one finished in the special-order color of Auratium Green. Built for competition, the car was equipped with aluminum body panels, a roll bar, larger drum brakes and an oversize fuel tank, and fitted with Porsche’s 1.5-liter Type 692/0 B4 engine, which produced 110 horsepower at 6,400 RPM. Despite this, there’s no evidence the car was raced in organized events in-period.

1958 Porsche 356 A Carrera Speedster 1958 Porsche 356 A Carrera Speedster 1958 Porsche 356 A Carrera Speedster

Said to be recently restored, Seinfeld’s Porsche Carrera Speedster captured Best in Class honors at The Quail, A Motorsport Gathering, in 2012. Gooding & Company predicts a selling price in the range of $2 million to $2.5 million, which would easily exceed the existing Porsche 356 auction record price of $1.76 million, set by Janice Joplin’s Porsche 356 C in New York last December. The current auction record for a Porsche 356 1500 GS Carrera Speedster is $1.485 million, set at Gooding & Company’s 2013 Pebble Beach sale.

1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR

1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR.

Seinfeld’s 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR has a definite and documented competition history, as it was one of 15 Porsche 911 Carrera models campaigned in the original International Race of Champions (IROC) series. The first such Porsche to be completed, chassis 911 460 0016 was raced by Peter Revson, Gordon Johncock and George Follmer in IROC competition, before being sold to Gray Eggerton in 1974. Eggerton, with drivers Elliott Forbes-Robinson, Dennis Aase, Cale Yarborough and Milt Minter, campaigned the car in IMSA Camel GT competition during the 1974 and 1975 seasons, where it amassed a victory at Laguna Seca and a trio of podium finishes.

1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR

Now restored to its original yellow Peter Revson IROC livery, chassis 911 460 0016 appeared at Porsche Rennsport Reunion II and has participated in numerous vintage racing events. Its pre-auction estimate is $1.2 million to $1.5 million, which could potentially top the existing Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR record price of $1,237,500, set at Gooding’s 2015 Amelia Island sale. Another 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR sold for $1,292,500 at the firm’s 2015 Pebble Beach sale, but the price also included a restored 1969 Chevrolet C30 ramp transporter, making it difficult to establish a precise selling price for the car alone.

The Seinfeld Collection Porsches will cross the stage at Racquet Park in the Omni Amelia Island Plantation on Friday, March 11. For additional information about the firm’s Amelia Island sale, visit GoodingCo.com.