Market Finds: Here’s How Seinfeld’s Porsches Stacked Up At The Amelia Island Auctions

Here’s How Seinfeld’s Porsches Stacked Up At The Amelia Island Auctions

By Benjamin Shahrabani
March 13, 2016

Photography courtesy of Gooding & Company

What’s the deal with…Seinfeld selling 16 Porsches and two Volkswagens? The noted actor, comedian, and coffee advocate decided earlier this year to shrink his collection by about a quarter or so, and on Friday they went under the block at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island Auction. “Honestly, if I had unlimited time, space, and attention span I would never sell one of them,” Seinfeld said in an earlier press release released by Gooding.

Bidding for the comedian’s collection was expected to be especially spirited, with perhaps as much as $32 million combined realized from the sale of the 18 cars offered up, with many observers also looking to see if the Seinfeld provenance would add a certain intangible value or premium. So, how did things go?

A few of Seinfeld’s marquee Porsche’s underperformed or failed to sell, including a 1973 917/30 Porsche Can-Am Spyder which was thought to be the crown jewel of the cars offered. Estimated to sell for between $5,000,000–$7,000,000 by the auction house, the top bid fell short of the low estimate, and sold in a late sale for $3,000,000. A 2000 Porsche Carrera GT Prototype that the funnyman purchased directly from the Porsche factory similarly failed to get much traction, stalling with a $1,000,000 high bid against a $1,500,000–$2,250,000 estimate. Perhaps enthusiasm was tempered as this particular prototype was meant for static display only, and could not be used on the road. A 1959 Porsche 718 RSK mustered only $2,860,000 against a $3,800,000–$4,200,000, but went home with a new owner despite the sale price being well below low-estimate, and a 1963 Porsche 356B 2000 GS Carrera 2 Coupe could muster only $825,000 against $1,100,000–$1,400,000.

There were some brighter spots, though. Seinfeld’s exceptionally original 1955 550 Spyder sold for $5,335,000, well within the expected $5,000,000–$6,000,000 estimate range, while his 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR far outperformed expectations by making $2,310,000 against a $1,500,000 high estimate. Well done, with similar kudos to the Seinfeld family Volkswagen Camper, which the comedian said was used as his family’s mobile lemonade stand before being busted by Hamptons police last year. That sold for $99,000, towards the top estimate.

Seinfeld offered up some real, and spectacular cars at Amelia Island, and while the sale of his collection is a very solid performance by almost any metric, the end result may have fallen a little below the very high expectations.  The results speak to the bidders managing to keep their wits about them, and with the auction dust now settled, they seemed to have paid mostly market correct prices for the cars, while not adding too much premium for the Seinfeld connection. The sale also comes at a time when the collector car market is undergoing some flux, with some volatility from the world economy. In the end, and to paraphrase George Constanza in a classic episode of Seinfeld’s eponymous television show, “there was shrinkage”.

Final sale prices, including auction fees, courtesy of Gooding & Company:

1955 Porsche 550 Spyder–$5,335,000

1957 Porsche 356A Speedster–$682,000

1958 Porsche 356A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster–$1,540,000

1958 Porsche 597 Jagdwagen–$330,000

1959 Porsche 718RSK–$2,860,000

1963 Porsche 356B 2000 GS Carrera 2 Coupe–$650,000

1966 Porsche 911–$275,000

1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder–$3,000,000

1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR–$2,310,000

1989 Porsche 911 Speedster–$363,000

1990 Porsche 962C–$1,650,000

1994 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6 S Flachbau–$1,017,500

1997 Porsche 993 3.8 Cup RSR–$935,000

2000 Porsche Carrera GT Prototype–NO SALE

2011 Porsche 997 Speedster–$440,000

2012 Porsche 997 GT3 4.0 Cup “Brumos Commemorative Edition”–$462,000

1960 Volkswagen Beetle–$121,000

1964 Volkswagen Camper – $99,000


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Amir Kakhsaz
Amir Kakhsaz
8 years ago

I just read this after you mentioned it in the more recent post. Good article. Too bad you, me and everyone else on the internet is dumber than Guitar Slinger.

8 years ago

$121k for a Beetle…yes a very nice and pristine beetle but still, wow.

8 years ago

When will the Porsche bubble burst? More importantly, when will the auction bubble burst?

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
8 years ago
Reply to  Derelict

Good question indeed though methinks in this particular case these Porsche and VW prices once the gavel fell had more to do with the ridiculous and ever present ‘ Celebrity Bump ‘ [ we being a ” Cult of Personality ” nation to an extreme ] than any indication of an impending Porsche ‘ bubble ‘ . Though in all honesty I do believe there is one .

But the real question of the day should be ;

Whats up with the recent plethora of well heeled collectors across the globe shedding off massive amounts [ if not completely clearing out ] of their collections ?

Do they know something perhaps that the current wave of dilettante and Philistine buyers of today thinking they are somehow ‘ investing ‘ in classic cars do not ?

A question by the way being asked across the board amongst classic car [ and M/C ] pundits worldwide at present .

My answer ? A very adamant .. Yes ! … I’ll bet they do . Shedding the least of their collections while the market is insane only keeping that which they loath to be rid of . With a few deciding the game is up and its time to get out .

8 years ago

Gents, the 356 Carrera Coupe was actually $825k and the Speedster was $682k.

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