On this week's episode of "Comedians In Cars Getting Disgruntled"...
Jerry Seinfeld was (and remains) one of the highest-paid professional entertainers in the business. And he's been known to spend a few of the pennies he's earned on Porsches. But a few years ago, he sold off some of the classic German sports cars from his collection. And now one of the buyers is dissatisfied with the transaction, so the company is suing Seinfeld.
The car in question is a rare, alloy-bodied 1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster – one of only 56 made, and the only one painted in this shade of Auratium Green.
Seinfeld consigned it, along with several others, to Gooding & Company to auction off at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in Florida back in 2016. And that it did, fetching a hammer price of $1.54 million – a handsome sum, but far short of its pre-sale estimated range of $2-2.5 million.
The buyer was one Fica Frio Limited, a company based in the Channel Islands off the southern coast of the UK. According to the Associate Press, Fica Frio alleges that the Porsche is a fake, and is demanding "unspecified damages including the costs associated with the purchase.”
The lawsuit reportedly claims that, though Seinfeld apologized and promised a full refund, the money never came.
"He has asked Fica Frio for evidence to substantiate the allegations. Fica Frio ignored Jerry and instead filed this frivolous lawsuit,” the famously car-loving comedian's lawyer, Orin Snyder, reportedly said in a released statement. Snyder said that his client "is willing to do what’s right and fair, and we are confident the court will support the need for an outside evaluator to examine the provenance of the car.” We doubt this is the last we'll hear on the issue, so watch this space.