Housed in a custom-built underground garage in Manhattan, comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s car collection is the stuff of legend. He reportedly owns more than 40 Porsches, as part of what many believe is the most complete collection of rare Porsches in the world. Yet Seinfeld is notoriously private about his legendary fleet. Speculation about his collection has been swirling for years, and he continues to confuse curious audiences, driving around and looking mighty comfortable in the front seat of some truly stunning classic cars in his hit series "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee."
We know so little about his cars, but recently, Seinfeld put 18 of them on auction through Gooding & Company, and sold 17 for a combined $22,244,500, reports Jalopnik. For all those who've been wondering what is parked in Seinfeld's underground lair, here is our pick of the coolest and rarest cars that we can confirm he has ever owned.
- Porsche 959
Estimated Value: $700,000
One of only 337 built, this sports car is the crowning jewel of Seinfeld’s treasured car collection. When he bought it, the car was not street legal, so the actor imported it for exhibition purposes only. The 1987 version has a top speed of 197 mph (317 km/h), and goes from 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds.
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- 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder
Sold For: $5,335,000
Seinfeld’s unrestored, original blue and white 550 Spyder is a gorgeous example of Porsche’s lighter than light, four-cam sports car. Only 90 prototype and customer 550 Spyders were produced in total, and this design remains one of the most frequently reproduced classic cars today. With its 140 mph (225 km/h) top speed, this car won respect for its racing ability, and was still responsible enough to take you home. James Dean’s last drive was in his legendary 550 Spyder “Little Bastard,” which allegedly disappeared after 1960, lifting this speedster to infamy.
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- 1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster
Sold For: $1,540,000
The funny man’s Carrera Speedster convertible is believed to be the only one of its kind finished in Auratium Green, a brilliant limited edition color only available for one year. With light aluminum panels, a fuel tank with extended range, and Porsche’s Type 692/0 four-cam engine, this iconic sports car was built for competition, reports Jalopnik.
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- 1963 Porsche 356 B 2000
Sold For: $825,000
This little coupe is rarely found on the market today, and is just a beautiful example of Porsche’s classic design. Visibly, the 356 B hardtop differs from the 356 A with its sportier styling, an external fuel filler in the right front wing/fender, and larger windows all around. This little beauty’s naturally aspirated engine produces a top speed of 124 mph (199.5 km/h) and goes from 0 to 60 in 9.2 seconds, according to Supercars.net.
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- 1990 Porsche 962C
Sold For: $1,650,000
Jerry also owned a snazzy white Porsche 962C. This is a true race car, which was driven by former Porsche works racer Reinhold Joest’s racing team, and which campaigned in the 1990 RIA World Sports-Prototype and the 1991 Interserie Championships, according to Jalopnik. The original 962 followed other Porsches like the 917K, 935, and 956 to becoming one of the most dominant race cars in motorsport, gaining numerous first place wins in races around the world until 1993.
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- 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder
Sold For: $3,000,000
The comedian’s most insane race car is one of only six ever produced, and is probably the most powerful race car the world will ever see. Porsche fitted the 1973 version of the madcap racer with a 5.4-liter engine capable of shredding the track with 1,580 horsepower. This car drove the McLarens out of the ring entirely and absolutely dominated the 1973 races, winning all but two. Apparently, Seinfeld never drove it as fast as it could go, telling Jalopnik, “The car’s crazy. I’m not.”
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- 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR
Sold For: $2,300,000
Another true race car, Seinfeld’s 911 Carrera RSR was the first IROC ever made. This model has a 3.0-liter engine capable of 226.6 mechanical horsepower, a whale tail, and a lighter build than the ’73 version. Speaking to Jalopnik, Seinfeld describes this car as an indestructible machine that you can still drive anywhere, with a sound that will “make your life.”
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- 2000 Porsche Carrera GT Prototype
Estimated Value: $1,500,000 - $2,250,000
This prototype is only one of two ever produced, and was bought directly from Porsche in 2007. The 2000 model has a 5.5-liter V10 engine that produces 604 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque, according to Car and Driver. What we wouldn’t give to see this beautiful and unique Porsche on the roads! But sadly, it can’t be driven in the US today.
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- 1959 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder
Sold For: $2,860,000
We love this ‘50s race car with its open air, no crash protection, wind-in-your-hair design. Porsche's 718 RSK wears its racing heart on its sleeve with a rigid and low weight space frame chassis, mid-engine layout, and 1.5-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine that produces a fast and furiously fun 142 horsepower and top speed of 161.4 mph (260 km/h). According to Gooding & Company’s auction site, Seinfeld's 718 had a decade-long racing career and was put through its paces on North American tracks by motorsport legends Roger Penske and Lake Underwood.
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- 1960 Volkswagen Beetle
Estimated Value: $35,000 - $55,000
Sold For: $121,000
From its roomy interior to its fun driving capability, this little bug is full of surprises. Seinfeld’s VW Beetle is one of the comedian’s all-time favorite cars, and he reportedly regrets selling it, says Jalopnik. Seinfeld’s car was an unrestored model, retaining much of its factory-original materials and finishes, and had barely any mileage on it. Perhaps that’s why it sold for more than twice its estimated value!
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- 1964 Volkswagen Camper
Sold For: $99,000
Another of Seinfeld’s more fun than serious collectibles, the VW Camper van comes full of goodies like a kitchenette, clever storage and shelving built into the doors, and space enough to cart along everything you might need to enjoy the great outdoors. This van is renowned for its functionality, ghost-fighting capabilities, and is an absolute cult classic.
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