America has been in love and fascinated with Jerry Seinfeld for as long as anyone can remember. He's a successful actor, producer, and television host. He's also a famous stand-up comedian, even being named the "12th Greatest Stand-up Comedian of All Time” by Comedy Central. Over the years, Seinfeld went on to star in his own self-titled hit sitcom Seinfeld, which won several awards including Golden Globe Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
With all that success, it was only a matter of time before Seinfeld became a household name in the entertainment industry. And with all this fame also came a staggering amount of fortune. In fact, COED estimates Seinfeld’s at around $900 million for the year 2018.
Now, when you’ve got all this wealth, some of us might think about going on a serious shopping spree several times a year. Well, it’s safe to say that Seinfeld does the same thing. In his case, though, his purchases often come with some serious horsepower and top speed. Indeed, Seinfeld’s car collection is quite impressive, especially considering that there are only a few celebrities (Jay Leno, Tim Allen, Ralph Lauren, Floyd Mayweather) whose own car collections can rival it.
Over the years, many have had so many questions about Seinfeld’s huge fleet of cars. Unfortunately, Seinfeld is a rather private person, so not much information has been available. Nonetheless, here are 20 awesome facts about his car collection that you probably don’t know yet:
20 The Collection Boasts Of More Than 100 Cars To Date
When you find out about how many cars Seinfeld owns, his love for them would become much clearer to you. According to the website Agent4Stars.com, it's estimated that the comedian has as many as 150 cars in his collection. However, what remains unclear is exactly when Seinfeld started buying so many cars. Meanwhile, Money Inc also reports that Seinfeld’s car collection also happens to be one of the most valuable ones in the country.
Seinfeld has always had a fascination for classic cars, so there are several impressive rare models included in his collection.
He also takes the time to restore and maintain every single car in his fleet. Now that’s what you call dedication...
19 $22 Million Worth Of Cars From The Collection Were Sold In 2016
Seinfeld may love his cars a great deal. However, that doesn’t mean that he's never willing to part with them, especially if he can drive around with $22 million in his bank account afterward.
This is exactly what happened when Seinfeld decided to put some of his beloved vehicles up for auction back in 2016. According to a press release issued by auctions and brokerage firm Gooding and Company, Seinfeld parted with 18 cars from his collection for the highly anticipated auction. This included 16 Porsche cars and two Volkswagen vehicles.
Among the top cars sold during the auction was a 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder that ended up selling for exactly $3 million and a 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR, which sold for $2.3 million.
18 One Of The Cars In The Collection Sold For More Than $5 Million
The most impressive sale during Steinfeld’s car-collection auction was that of a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder that fetched a whopping price of $5.3 million. Inspired by the Porsche 356, the 550 was meant to be a lightweight iconic sports car. It boasts of a 1,498 CC DOHC Type 547 flat-4 engine and is powerful enough to go from zero to 60 in about seven seconds.
With a top speed of 140 miles per hour, it's certainly a thrill to drive. In fact, a third prototype of the 550 participated in the 1953 Nürburgring Eifel Race. According to a report from TopSpeed, the same car also claimed 95 more victories and 75 class wins.
The thrill of this car, unfortunately, also led to the death of actor James Dean back in 1955.
17 Seinfeld Also Sold A Light Porsche Military Vehicle During The Auction
If you think Seinfeld’s obsession with Porsche is only limited to cars, you couldn't be more wrong. In fact, the auction back in 2016 revealed that Seinfeld had owned a 1958 Porsche 597 Jagdwagen, which is classified as a light military vehicle.
Powered by a 1,582 CC OHV Type 616/6 Flat 4-Cylinder Engine, the Jadwagen boasts of being a four-wheel-drive vehicle that has an amphibious capability, according to a report from Gooding and Company.
According to a report from AutoWeek, the Jadwagen was created to serve the same purpose as U.S. Army Jeeps at that time.
At present, it's believed that there are only 15 units of the Jadwagen around. A lucky buyer bought one of them from Seinfeld during the auction for a cool price of $330,000.
16 The Collection Features An Impressive Number Of Porsches
If there was a carmaker that Seinfeld is absolutely in love with, it would have to be Porsche. In fact, according to Schumacher Cargo Logistics, the TV show host had owned as many as 46 Porsche models at one point. Although the exact models of all 46 remain unknown, the fleet is said to include a number of rare models, including the very first 911 that was produced back in 1963.
According to a report from CNBC, what Seinfeld loves about Porsche is its ability to approach car design with minimalism. “There's [sic] no stupid lines on a Porsche that don't make sense,” he further explained during the interview.
Aside from that, Seinfeld has also praised Porsche for its efficiency, aerodynamics, and grace. As the hit comedian would put it, Porsche is “the essence of sports-car perfection.”
15 He Keeps His Car Inside A Three-Story Building In Manhattan
For a car collection of such an impressive size, you can’t expect Seinfeld to just park everything around his estate. Instead, Seinfeld gave his cars their very own home by purchasing a small building at 138 W. 834d St. in New York in 1999.
According to a report from the New York Post, the property was sold to Seinfeld for almost $1 million. As soon as he acquired the property, the comedian didn't waste any time getting the place ready for his vehicles. In fact, he reportedly spent as much as $500,000 to renovate the property.
Following the renovations, there's reportedly a lot of parking space on the building’s first floor. Aside from this, there's also a basement capable of housing even more cars. Schumacher Cargo Logistics also reports that this pad also comes with four separate garage spaces.
14 There's A Dedicated Fleet Management Team For The Collection
When you have as many cars as Seinfeld, it's absolutely best to hire a team that would look after them and maintain them on a daily basis. That's exactly what his fleet management team is for. They're responsible for the regular preventive maintenance of all the cars on Seinfeld’s fleet.
Although further specific details about Seinfeld’s fleet management team is unknown, what we know for certain is that they're having a good time doing their job. The report from Schumacher Cargo Logistics also revealed that Seinfeld’s New York garage also boasts of an 850-square-foot living quarter, which features a kitchenette, a bathroom, and even a club room with a pool table.
13 Seinfeld’s Show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Proudly Features Some Of The Cars From The Collection
Seinfeld’s current show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is known to show some of the most impressive classic vehicles in history with each episode. And as you can expect, Seinfeld himself couldn't pass up on the opportunity to show off some of the vintage cars from his collection on the show.
One of the cars he's driven onscreen was the legendary 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, which is valued between $500,000 to $1.4 million. According to a report from Money Inc, there were only 49 models of this car that were ever produced, making it extra rare. Unfortunately, Seinfeld’s 911 was involved in a small incident back in 2014 when a BMW sedan backed into it.
12 Seinfeld Came Up With His Latest Show While Picking Up A Volkswagen To Add To The Collection
Seinfeld’s current show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is, undoubtedly, a bonafide hit. So far, the web series has already run for nine seasons and has managed to land several impressive guests, including Jim Carrey, Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman, Steve Martin, and even President Barack Obama. Now about to start its tenth season after a recent move to Netflix, Seinfeld may earn as much as $24 million for the show, according to a report from Forbes.
Seinfeld actually conceived the idea for the show while picking up a car for his collection.
According to an interview with Huffington Post, Seinfeld was driving back with a friend from Albuquerque, New Mexico after picking up a Volkswagen Bug. During this drive, the men videotaped themselves. Not long after, a show was born.
11 The Car Collection Included One Of The Priciest Volkswagen Camper Vans Around
Aside from vintage sports cars and a light military vehicle, Seinfeld’s collection included a classic camper van at one point. In fact, the auction back in 2016 revealed that the hit comedian owned a 1964 Volkswagen Camper, which could easily transport you back in time.
Seinfeld’s old Camper was powered by a 1,493 CC Flat 4-Cylinder Air-Cooled engine.
It also featured a four-speed manual transaxle and four-wheel drum brakes. Said to be in “museum-worthy original condition,” the Camper van had relatively low mileage at the time of the sale, showing only 19,000 miles on its display.
Meanwhile, it also seems that Seinfeld’s Camper was one of the priciest of its kind sold in recent years. Today’s listing on Autotrader reveals that today’s used Volkswagen vans have a starting price of $6,500. In 2016, Seinfeld's Camper sold for $99,000.
10 There’s At Least One Police Car In The Collection
Yes, it’s not just Porsche cars for the general market that tends to catch Seinfeld’s fancy. In fact, he's also known to have at least one police car in his collection.
That car is none other than the 1966 Porsche 356 Dutch Police Car that's estimated to have a value of $160,000, according to a report from Complex. Without a doubt, Seinfeld enjoys driving around in this classic police car, just like he did during an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Barry Marder. “Why the Dutch Police in the 1960s felt they needed Porsche convertibles to do their job, I don't know, but I love this thing,” Seinfeld was quoted as saying on the show by CNN Money.
9 The Car Collection Includes One Of The First City Cars In History
Aside from Porsche, there's another carmaker that Jerry Seinfeld has a profound respect for. That would be none other than one of the oldest carmakers around, Fiat. In an article he wrote for Automobile magazine, Seinfeld confessed that he loved anything Italian. But perhaps, Seinfeld’s love for Fiats is also due to its minimalist approach to design, just like Porsche's. “Fiat is an unassuming kind of company making unassuming cars,” Seinfeld explained.
As far as Fiat cars in his fleet go, Seinfeld owns a model that's one for the history books.
That's the 1957 Fiat 500, which is said to be one of the first city cars built. Even with a modest top speed of 53 miles per hour, the 500 still became a successful racer back in the day, according to a report from TopSpeed.
8 Seinfeld Owns One Of The Most Expensive Unrestored Cars Around
When it comes to vintage Porsche cars, there are times when Seinfeld likes them just the way they are. Take the 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster, for starters. Seinfeld happily showed it off in all its unrestored glory when he appeared during an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.
According to TopSpeed, the car was marketed as a relatively inexpensive model that would deliver impressive performance.
Meant to compete with the MGs and Triumphs at the time, this four-speed manual convertible car had a top speed of 99 miles per hour and could go from zero to 60 in about 15.3 seconds.
While the 356A was meant to be an affordable car during its time, buying one today would cost you a fortune, even when unrestored. In fact, Seinfeld’s very own unrestored 356A Speedster is said to be worth six figures.
7 Jay Leno (Sort Of) Helped Seinfeld Acquire A Classic Carrera For His Collection
You can say that Seinfeld’s good friend and fellow car enthusiast Jay Leno can be credited for helping Seinfeld acquire one of his most treasured Porsche cars. In fact, it wasn’t just any Porsche car but one of the most impressive Porsche supercars ever made in the fifties.
The car we’re talking about is none other than the 1959 Carrera. As the story goes, the owner of the car gave Leno a call when he was ready to sell it. Knowing Seinfeld’s Porsche obsession, Leno gave his buddy a call.
According to The Drive, Seinfeld’s Carrera features a Speedster seat on the driver’s side. It also had RSK brakes and wheels as well as a special air intake. At the time of purchase, the Carrera was only displaying 13,000 miles on its odometer.
6 It’s Most Likely That The Collection Will Never Feature A Lexus…Ever
If there ever was a car that Seinfeld particularly hates, it would have to be a Lexus. Hence, we can’t expect Seinfeld to include a Lexus in his prized collection... ever.
As far as Seinfeld is concerned, all Lexus has accomplished is that it's “perfected the idea of a coffin on wheels.” He also admitted that Lexus vehicles tend to make him “very upset and angry,” according to his interview with Jalopnik. Moreover, Seinfeld also admitted that he never appreciated the way the carmaker had done its logo.
Meanwhile, there may also be another reason why Seinfeld may be unimpressed by the Lexus. At the time that Seinfeld was filming the episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jay Leno, a Lexus came up to Seinfeld’s Porsche and subsequently blew his engine. What a turn off indeed!
5 Seinfeld Is A Proud Owner Of One Of Porsche’s LAST
As you can expect, Seinfeld owns yet another great piece of Porsche history. That is, he has one of the Porsche’s LAST cars or the last air-cooled Porsche.
According to Road and Track, the 993 is the last air-cooled Porsche 911 model. Because of this, it offers drivers that nostalgic old-school feel while giving them access to helpful modern usability.
With an estimated value of more than $40,000 according to a report from Complex, the 993 is a handsome car that one can’t stop staring at. Although it may not be the fastest car on the road right now, you can look forward to awesome steering behind the wheel. The car’s brakes are impressive, too.
4 The Collection Also Includes The Beetle’s Sportier Sister
While the ever-reliable Volkswagen Beetle was famously known as “the people’s car,” the Volkswagen Karman Ghia was perceived as the bug’s sportier sister. This may be what inspired Seinfeld to include a 1963 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia in his collection. He likes this car so much that he decided to feature it on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee during an episode with guest Joel Hodgson.
Estimated to be worth around $45,000 by Complex, this car is actually powered by a four-cylinder Porsche 912 engine. That means it’s quite impressive and fun to drive on the road.
According to a vehicle report from insurance company Hagerty, production for this vehicle ran for almost two decades. Volkswagen produced the car for the last time in 1974, replacing it with the Volkswagen Rabbit soon after.
3 One Of The Collection's Oldest Cars Took A Long Time To Restore After Purchase
Without a doubt, patience is a virtue, and it’s one that Seinfeld has a lot of. Case in point— his determination and dedication to restoring the classic cars that he likes to acquire. Take his acquisition of a 1964 Porsche 911 for starters.
According to Money Inc, Seinfeld had bought the said car back in 1996. The unit he got was reportedly owned by none other than Ferry Porsche, the engineer, designer, and son of Porsche’s founder. It’s no wonder he was willing to spend as much as $400,000 to buy the car, even if the unit was needing major restoration.
Following the purchase, Seinfeld worked on restoring the 911 right away. He reportedly had the car sent over to Germany for restoration works by Cavaglieri Restorations. The process took five years and cost Seinfeld $250,000.
2 Seinfeld’s Collection Includes A Porsche With A Fatal Reputation
Housed in Seinfeld’s valuable car collection is the prototype model for the 2000 Porsche Carrera GT. According to a report from CNN Money, development work on this car began with the intent of developing a race car. In the end, though, what Porsche came up with was a super sports car that was legal for the streets.
As you could expect, the car attracted lots of celebrity fans, including the late actor Paul Walker of Fast and Furious fame. In fact, this was the very car model that got Walker killed.
As far as prototypes for the Carrera GT go, only two were reportedly made as fully running vehicles. Seinfeld has one and tried to sell it off during the 2016 auction. Unfortunately, it failed to sell.
1 The Collection Also Boasts Of A $700,000 Porsche That The US Government Has Ruled Illegal To Drive
According to a report from Auto Insurance, the rarest car in Seinfeld’s collection is a car that's not allowed on any U.S. road. Designed back in 1983, the 959 was meant to showcase the mechanical expertise of Porsche’s designers.
For the car to be raced in Germany, the company had to fulfill its legal obligations by building 200 units of the model. Impressively, however, all of the 959s that were built were already purchased by car enthusiasts even before they left the assembly line.
To become legal to drive in the U.S., however, Porsche would be forced to hand over four of its 959s for safety and emissions tests and eventual destruction. Porsche refused to do so, making one of Seinfeld’s cars illegal to drive to this day.
Sources: moneyinc.com; cnbc.com; nypost.com