The Ultimate Car Collection - Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld is known for many things - creator of one television's most successful television shows, credited with introducing 'yada-yada' into common vernacular and... umm...having a Superman reference (spoken or visual) in every episode of the show...

More recently Seinfeld has been celebrated as one of the globe's greatest porschephiles . Given the popularity of the marque this is no mean feat. Still, with over 45 vehicles in his collection he has every right to claim leadership status within Porsche circles.

To house this impressive portfolio, Seinfeld spent 5 years and over $1.4 million on converting an underground New York City Plumbing and Heating warhouse on 83rd Street into a custom-built temperature controlled garage. With Italian floor tiles and an elevator to transport the cars between floors this is the ultmate 'man cave' complete with pool table and big-screen TV.

Let's take a ride down and look at some of the highlights in the Ultimate Car Collection - Jerry Seinfeld: 

 

1955 Porsche 550 Spyder

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Ok - so the Porsche 550 Spyder is making its second appearance in this series (see Ralph Lauren) but when both the King of Style and the King of Comedy see fit to include in their ultimate car collections,  who are we to argue? Not withstanding its unfortunate association with the untimely death of James Dean this is a fantastic piece of German engineering. Built with racing in mind the 550 Spyder was unveiled at the 1953 Paris Auto Show. Exceptionally low to the ground - German race driver Hans Hermann drove a 550 under a closed railway bridge whilst competing in the 1954 Mille Miglia - this was a pure race machine. Only 300 were ever made.

 

1958 Porsche 356 1600 Speedster

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Seinfeld managed to combine his two great loves when he presented his wife Jessica Sklar with a Porsche 356 1600 Speedster as a wedding gift in 1999. Launched in 1948 the 356 was a landmark moment for Porsche - their first production car. Thanks to ongoing innovations this debut vehicle was a huge succes selling over 75,000 during its production run that lasted until 1965. Of these, over half are believed to still exist in the hands of discerning collectors. Originally selling for $4,000 in the late 1950's these cars can now exceed over $300,000 at auction. Nice little investment...

 

1970 Porsche 911 S

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The Porsche 911S, similar to the one above, that currentlly resides in Jerry Seinfeld's subterranean installation comes from a fine cinematic pedigree having been the exact car that Steve McQueen drove in the opening sequence of the cinematic classic 'Le Mans'. Built to the highest 1970's specifications including air conditioning and a full complement of factory fitted options the slate-grey car roared its way into movie history with the original King of Cool behind the wheel. Seinfeld bought this stunning example at auction in August 2011 to automatically become one of the cornerstones of his collection.

 

1983 Porsche 959

Porsche 959

Capable of 195mph the 959 was the world's fastest street-legal production car when it was released in 1986. Well, 'street-legal' as long as you didn't live in the United States...due to the fact that Porsche (possibly quite rightly) refused to provide American authorities with four cars to be destroyed in crash tests the 959 was never approved for use on American roads. What followed created one of the most infamous cars - "Gates 959" - after the founder of Microsoft was refused entry in 1987 for his 959. The car was stored for thirteen years by the Customs Service at the Port of Seattle until Bill Gates and his partner Paul Allen succesfully lobbied for the "Show & Display" law.

 

2004 Porsche Carrera GT

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United States regulations played a part in the history in another of Seinfeld's Porsche collection - the Carrera GT. The original Porsche plan was to produce 1,500 GT's between 2004 and 2007. However in August 2005 the company announced it would not be producing any more through 2006 due to changes in US airbag regulations. Given that the US market accounted for 604 of the 1,272 Carrera GT's sold these changes fundamentally impacted production and only further enhanced their desirability amongst collectors. 

 

Paul Kent is Managng Partner of boutique experience company Mr Aristotle and is saving his pennies for a silver Porsche 911 from the year of his birth (the date of which he will not share!)

For the chance to experience the thrill of driving a Porsche 911 Carrera through the stunning Tuscan landscape Paul recommends this tour.

Jerry Seinfeld is one of the funniest observational comedians in the world - for more information: www.jerryseinfeld.com

 
 
 

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