Jalopnik is reporting that comedian and fan of not saying the N-word (good for you, Jerry), Jerry Seinfeld, is in trouble. And unlike most comedians these days, it’s not for saying ragingly offensive nonsense. Jerry is getting sued for allegedly selling a fake Porsche at auction. Girl, don’t you know you need to check the tags before making such a purchase! I had the same issue with a Chanel purse I got at a flea market one time, but in my defence: those two Os looked very convincingly like two Cs!
What had happened was: in March 2016, Jerry participated in the Gooding & Co. Amelia Island auction. Jerry is a known car collector and decided to sell off a pretty decent portion of his cars, also gaining a couple millions of dollars by doing so. Of the 16 cars he sold, one 1958 Porsche 356 Speedster has come into question.
The car was sold at $1,540,000, being one of “fewer than 60 aluminum-body four-cam Speedster GS/GT models ever built” which I guess means something to people who care about cars? But apparently the car turned out to be fake.
The buyer, a company FICA FRIO Ltd., claims that the car is not the GS/GT it claims to be and say that Mr. Seinfeld purposely misrepresented the car so it would sell. They say they had a “historic Porsche dealer” inspect that bitch and they concluded the car is a fraud, launching an investigation which backs FICA FRIO’s claims. They want the sale reversed: Jerry can have the car back, and they want their $1,540,000… plus punitive damages, because are the scales really balanced without some good-old-fashioned punitive damage-money?
Jerry’s attorney has some words to say about this, telling TMZ:
“Jerry has been working in good faith to get to the bottom of this matter. He has asked FICA FRIO for evidence to substantiate the allegations. Fica Frio ignored Jerry and instead filed this frivolous lawsuit. Jerry consigned the car to Gooding and Company, an auction house, which is responsible for the sale. Nevertheless, Jerry 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.”
Apparently determining authenticity of old clunkers is a lot harder than people realize, so Jerry isn’t exactly a malicious demon trying to extort millions of dollars from FICA FRIO, and he also had a copy of the Porsche certificate of authenticity, a copy of the original Kardex build-card for the car, and “more documentation.” Gooding & Co. is also really good at what they do, so it’s unlikely a fake got past their watchful eyes. Also Jerry bought the car through a broker so he doesn’t even know the full history of the thing.
Let this be a lesson to us all: Buying a car from 1958 for $1.5 million is dumb AF. Squirrelfriends at FICA FRIO need to collect themselves and get to the nearest Honda dealer STAT for a reasonably-priced and family-safe Honda Pilot.