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:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6 S Flachbau
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1964 Volkswagen Camper
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 Porsche Carrera GT Prototype
The breadth of this collection is perhaps what is most enjoyable of all. Sure, we all like to see rare high-power and high-dollar machines here and there, but for such a wide range to be coming from one garage shows that a good bit of diligence was put into which cars would be added. There are racers from most every era of Porsche’s history alongside quite a few special models spanning the 911’s history. We have everything from an extremely rare Carrera Speedster to the Carrera GT Prototype, of which Seinfeld has been the only owner. There is even a fantastic 1964 Volkswagen Camper! And all of them appear in impeccable shape. That last point is to be expected with any collection of this nature, but it’s still nice to see such ideals validated. As far as I know, Seinfeld hasn’t really said why he’s selling so many of his Porsches, other than simply to provide an opportunity for other collectors to share in his enthusiasm for the marque. Regardless of why, it’s a rare chance for many to see and, for some, to purchase so many historical examples together in one place.