1955 Porsche 550 Spyder leads Seinfeld Collection at Gooding & Company

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2016-02-17 10:09:03

Gooding & Company has released full details of the Jerry Seinfeld Collection, set to cross the auction block next month in Florida.

Having assembled a world-renowned collection of Porsches, the comedian will now offer numerous superb examples at the upcoming Amelia Island sale on March 11.
“Mr. Seinfeld is recognized throughout the world as having acquired one of the finest Porsche collections ever assembled,” said David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company.

“He has become known as the definitive Porsche connoisseur based on his passion and devotion to the marque. We at Gooding & Company share his reverence for Porsche and are proud to offer these truly incredible examples. This is a rare opportunity for collectors to acquire some of the finest Porsches ever to come to market.”

Leading the collection is a remarkably original, unrestored 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, regarded as one of the most desirable sports cars ever built. With just 10,500 miles from new, and three owners in the past five decades, the matching-numbers Spyder retains its original factory paintwork and upholstery.

The car comes with an estimate of $5-$6 million, and according to Seinfeld, “you can’t drive a sonnet by Shakespeare or a symphony by Beethoven. But this would be the automotive equivalent.”

Further 1950s examples in the collection include a 1959 Porsche 718 RSK valued at $3.8-$4.2 million, a 1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster estimated at $2-$2.5 million, a 1957 Porsche 356 A Speedster valued at $500,000-$600,000, and a 1958 Porsche 597 Jagdwagen estimated at $350,000-$425,000.

Seinfeld's collection also includes the most powerful road racing Porsche ever produced, the 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder. One of just six examples ever built, and finished its original Penske Racing team Sunoco livery, the piece of racing history is valued at $5-$7 million.

Other notable examples from the collection, which spans more than 60 years of Porsche automotive history, include 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder, a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR and a 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster.

More modern highlights include a 2000 Porsche Carrera GT Prototype, a 2011 Porsche 997 Speedster and a 2012 Porsche 997 GT3 4.0 Cup 'Brumos Commemorative Edition'.

"Each one of these cars is a pinnacle of mechanical culture to me. Many are the best examples that exist in the world,” said Seinfeld. “I've loved being entrusted with their care, and I'm proud of the level to which we have brought each and every one of these wonderful machines.

"Honestly, if I had unlimited time, space and attention span I would never sell one of them. And the reason I wanted to bid these cars farewell in this way is really just to see the look of excitement on the faces of the next owners who I know will be out of their minds with joy that they are going to get to experience them. My enthusiasm for this pursuit remains quite insane and I am very fortunate to have many other cars I get to look after."

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