The Seinfeld Collection – Amelia Island 2016

As the final of my dream car posts we’ll settle in to the Amelia Island auctions for a group of exquisite Porsches and some of the most expensive available. Rather than stunning and rare color combinations these Porsches attract our notice through their historical relevance and, for many of them, their longevity. By now most are aware of Jerry Seinfeld’s love of Porsches; it’s been a long documented affair ever since the comedian became known across the world. He has decided to sell quite a few of them – 18 cars in all, 16 of those being Porsches – at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island Auctions on March 11. None of the cars are inexpensive – the lowest priced likely being his 1960 Volkswagen Beetle – and many of them will stretch well into seven figures. For fans of Porsches it’s a very interesting time as many of Seinfeld’s cars are near impossible to find in this condition, with some of them near impossible to find at all. I have chosen a few examples to show here that particularly caught my eye. I won’t go through the details of each car since those details are extensive and well chronicled on the auction listing for each. Click through to read about each car’s history and also to view the rest of the Seinfeld lineup at Amelia Island:

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Motorsport Monday: Build your own 917

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So last week I wrote up a Laser “917” replica that earned me no favor with anyone. Personally, at $14,000 I think that car was well built and would be a hoot to drive, but I also agreed that for $14,000 there are a lot of other cars I’d rather have. Why? Well, for one, the Laser didn’t really recreate the magic shape of the 917 particularly well or gracefully. But as I mentioned in that post, with the explosion of used race car prices exacting replicas of the real multi-million dollar cars have popped up for sale. Costing less than a motor service on a real 917, you can buy one of these replicas and get the look and feel of Steve McQueen without all of the crashing and money. Well, at least the money part. Take a look at this ready to power rolling chassis by Race Car Replicas:

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Year: 1970
Model: 917
Engine: None
Transmission: None
Mileage: 0 mi
Price: Reserve Auction, $50,000 starting bid

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1970 RCR 917 Replica on eBay

New On MSO
1970 RCR Porsche 917K
Authentic Body Replica

We are an authorized
RCR Dealer
This chassis is new and just arrived

The chassis is a combination of aluminum monocoque front section and tube for tube recreation of the rear. The chassis is designed to have a Porsche Flat-Six engine with a 930 gearbox. The famous Gulf Racing colors, stripes and roudels are painetd and clear coated over.
The suspension is proprietary RCR with billet uprights, pindrive hubs, 14″ rear wheels mounted with correct Avon tyres.

Porsche 917K History

The Porsche 917 is a racecar that gave Porsche its first overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. The car was designed under the leadership of Piëch and Porsche chief engineer Helmuth Bott and powered by the Type 912 flat-12 engine of 4.5, 4.9 and 5 litres. The 917 was capable of a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 2.3 seconds, 0–124 mph (200 km/h) in 5.3 seconds, and a top speed of over 240 mph (390 km/h). The 917 is one of the most iconic sports racing cars of all time, largely for its high speeds and high power outputs, and was made into a movie star by Steve McQueen in his 1971 film Le Mans.

If I had the budget to run a 911 race car, I’d rather run one of these all day long. Run a Porsche gearbox and motor and PCA will let you run it with the real deals. Sure, you won’t likely be competitive unless you spend crazy money preparing it; I’d get a reliable 3.2 motor and 930 transmission to make it dependable, fun and powerful without going over the top. Or, if you want to be a little unconventional and tick some P-car fans off, throw a WRX turbo boxer in there to save some money. Either way it would be an entertaining ride!

If it were my money, as much as I love the gulf colors, I’d see if they could make one of the “Hippie” cars – I personally like the longtail purple and green, but martini stripes over the silver or white (that white car was the magnesium chassis car!) would be my second choice. How would you build this up?

-Carter

1967 Laser “917”

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Until very recently, if you wanted a “replica” Porsche 917 or Bugatti T57, there was only one place to turn – fiberglass rebody on a Volkswagen chassis. Since the explosion of older race car prices there are some pretty incredible bespoke replicas available to the market with varying degrees of originality; for example the RCR 917 replica is close enough that it’s hard to tell one from the originals if they’re parked together. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Laser 917. Looking like my 19 month old son rendered a real 917, the Laser has most of the proportions wrong, the wrong engine, the wrong wheels; in short, they only lightly resemble the legendary Porsche 917s they’re intended to reproduce when it’s dark and raining out. Most look like 1970s specials with “Baja Bug” wheels and funky lights. But for some reason as I perused the many interesting vehicles on Ebay this weekend, this one stuck out to me. Unlike most of the Lasers, this one is apparently built on a 912 chassis and features some cool looking Fuch replicas. Take a look at this neat V8 engined Laser 917:

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Year: 1967
Model: 917 (912 rebody)
Engine: 5.9 liter V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: “75” mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1967 Laser “917” on eBay

NO RESERVE AUCTION, please do not bid if you do not have the funds available after sale.
Porsche 917 replica vintage race car for sale.
Short history,
The 917 success are world renowned, and many consider it as the greatest racing car of all time. The factory Porsche 917K’s have won the prestigious 24-hour of LeMans, the 12-hour of Sebring, and the Daytona 24-hour sports-car championship races among others.
The 917 speaks for itself. It was never designed to be pretty of course, it was designed to be fast, the beauty was just a happy corollary.
Car is Titled as a Porsche 912 in my name. Car has approximately 75 miles since built. Built to show and drive on the streets NOT BUILT TO RACE. Must wear ear protection when driving, because of the straight cut gears in trans axle.
This car is powered with a LT1 383 and is back with a 3 speed auto trans axle from trans axle engineering. Tansaxle alone cost $15k Please look them up on line. There is well over $30K plus and hundreds of hours in this build.
Four wheel disc brakes ,Rack n pinon steering, QA1 coil overs, Holley fuel pump, Auto meter gauges, Hurst quarter shiftier, 17 Fuchs wheels, Aluminum low back seats, 355 ring gear, All glass is new, etc… Wipers still need to be wired wiper motor is installed. Does not have horn.
If you have any other questions please call me at 407.six2five.1901
Thanks for looking!

So, as I mentioned, this isn’t the prettiest car from all angles; but by a long measure this is the prettiest of these rebodies I have ever seen. The white paint looks great and is much better than the red or yellow that most of these are painted as it helps to hide some of the less flattering lines. The Fuchs replicas look fantastic. And on top of the neato look, this thing is sporting a 383 V8. How nuts is that? Sure, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and there are a few items that need sorting, but this strikes me as a lot of car for a little money; drive it down Main Street in your town and it’s sure to turn heads. With no reserve and a starting bid a $14,000, this strikes me as a lot of car for the money, and I bet it would be a hoot to drive.

-Carter