Did Jerry Seinfeld Really Sell a Fake 1958 Porsche 356A for $1.5 Million?
He apparently knew about the issue, offered a full refund but didn’t come throughby Andrei Nedelea, on LISTEN 02:11
You may remember that back in early 2016 we covered Jerry Seinfeld’s announced auction of several of his classic Porsche models - all of which eventually sold for some $22-million in total. One of the cars he sold then has been proven to not be authentic and he’s now being sued for $1.5-million.
The car in question is a 1958 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster that sold for a claimed $1.54-million during the auction.
Now that car’s current owner, a company called Fica Frio Limited, is alleging that it was supposed have bought a “stunning example of a rare thoroughbred Porsche” straight from “the Jerry Seinfeld collection” but that the car was actually a fake.
The lawsuit states that Seinfeld was apparently aware of the car’s shady provenance and he reportedly left the buyer a voicemail in which he apologized and offered to make a full refund - but he didn’t go through with this, and now he’s been taken to court. On the other hand, Seinfeld’s attorney has asked Fica Frio Limited to prove their allegations and also said 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.”
The thing is, the 356 A Speedster that’s allegedly fake is a car we’ve previously covered as a super rare but documented classic, one of just 13 ever built, and the only one finished in a special color called Auratium Green.
It even won Best in Class at the Quail Motorsports Gathering and the Annual 356 Club Dana Point Concours d’Elegance.
It still is to this day one of the most expensive 356 Porsches to ever change hands, so this news that it might not be authentic does come as a bit of a shock. The car certainly looks like the real deal, but it could very well be a very well made fake that passed by unnoticed and fooled some people. Whatever the case, this could dent the reputation of the Seinfeld collection if the claims against him are proven to be substantiated.
Read our full review on the 1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster.
Source: Associated Press