Jerry Seinfeld Sued For Allegedly Selling “Fake” Porsche For $1.5 Million
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is being sued by a company claiming it purchased the star’s 1958 Porsche for $1.54 million, only to discover it was a fake.
Collector Fica Frio Limited filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against the comic, who is known for his love of vintage cars. His show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee follows Seinfeld as he interviews fellow comics while driving in fancy, vintage vehicles. The show mixes Seinfeld’s love for vintage cars with his passion for comedy.
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The lawsuit stated Fica Frio’s representatives paid $1.54 million at a March 2016 auction in Amelia Island, Florida. The price included the 10 percent auction house commission.
Despite the auction summary claiming that the 1958 vehicle was a “stunning example of a rare thoroughbred Porsche,” the firm, based in the Channel Islands, claim the car is not authentic. They are seeking unspecified damages including the costs associated with the purchase.
Seinfeld, best know for the TV show Seinfeld, left a voicemail in June last year offering “my apology for this nuisance and assure you that you will be completely indemnified,” according to the lawsuit. The comic apparently added that he “would love to know how your guys figured it out because I find that to be interesting cause that’s impressive. My guys did not, I guess, see anything amiss with the car when I bought it.”
According to the lawsuit, Seinfeld breached that oral agreement by not refunding the money in exchange for the car.
Seinfeld’s lawyer, Orin Snyder, said the television star acted in good faith. “He has asked Fica Frio for evidence to substantiate the allegations. Fica Frio ignored Jerry and instead filed this frivolous lawsuit,” Snyder said in a statement.
The lawyer added Seinfeld 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.”