Jerry Seinfeld may have risen to prominence playing an everyday working comedian in the 1990’s sitcom named after him, but these days the former Seinfeld star enjoys a lifestyle far more luxurious than depicted on the show.
With a net worth around $800 million, mostly from selling syndication rights to the show he created alongside Larry David, Jerry has the means to enjoy the finer things in life.
Cars have always been one of Seinfeld’s biggest passions. During his show’s run, Jerry decorated his fictional apartment with a prominently placed poster of a black Porsche 911 speeding over a hill. These days, Jerry doesn’t own just one Porsche; he has 47. Unlike what happened to Jerry’s Saab on his show, he doesn’t have to worry about a psychotic mechanic absconding with his fleet of luxury cars today. Seinfeld keeps his $15 million car collection in a $1.4 million dollar garage.
Seinfeld enjoys hanging around luxury cars so much that he created an entire new Web series based on driving around in exotic cars with his comedian friends, eventually stopping to get a coffee. Never one to waste time on fancy titles (Seinfeld and David famously forbid their writers from writing witty episode titles for the show), Jerry calls his new series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and despite its ultra-simple premise, the show is a hit.
Season 3 of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee premieres this month on the show’s official website, and the first episode shows Jerry and fellow comic Louis C.K. driving a 1959 Fiat 600 Jolly to Louis C.K.’s private boat in New York.
So it seems Jerry has come a long way from endorsing those 12-cent checks from “The Super Terrific Happy Hour” till his wrist was sore. Here are the top 10 luxury cars driven by Jerry Seinfeld in his show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
10. 1970 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3: $22,000
Despite this car’s low price tag today, it does have some serious power. Its top speed is 125 mph, and it goes from 0-60 in 9.5 seconds. In the show, Jerry drove comedian Bob Einstein to a deli in Los Angeles, but back in the early 1970’s, this car was an icon of luxury both in Europe and North America.
9. 1952 Volkswagen Beetle: $28,000
The Volkswagen Beetle was originally commissioned by Adolf Hitler to be a common people’s car. Hitler intended the Beetle to be a cheap, simple car to drive on Germany’s brand-new road network. Even after Germany was defeated in World War 2, the Beetle remained popular; so popular, in fact, that it is both the longest-running and most-manufactured single car design ever. In the show, Seinfeld drives his old writing partner Larry David to a Los Angeles restaurant for coffee, pancakes (for Jerry), and salad (for Larry.)
8. 1981 DeLorean DMC-12: $36,000
This car, famous from the Back to the Future film series, needs no introduction. With its classic gull-wing doors and brushed stainless steel panels, this car is as distinct as they come. The DMC-12 was the only model produced by DeLorean, as the automaker went into bankruptcy in 1982. In the show, Jerry drives comic Patton Oswalt to a coffee shop in Los Angeles.
7. 1969 Jaguar E-Type Series 2: $80,000
The magazine Sports Car International ranked this Jaguar number one on its list of top sports cars of the 1960’s, and for good reason. Enzo Ferrari called it “the most beautiful car ever made.” In the show, Seinfeld drives comedienne Sarah Silverman around Los Angeles, and he compares her good looks to the car’s.
6. 1967 Austin-Healey 3000: $100,000
This British sports car wasn’t just famous for its classic good looks. In the 1960’s, the model won many races in Europe and it is even used today in competitions all over the world. The 1967 model of the roadster driven in the show was the last year this speedy car was produced. Appropriately, Jerry drives with English comedian Ricky Gervais during this episode.
5. 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A: $120,000
Seinfeld loves to drive this classic muscle car, and he isn’t the only comedian who likes it. Retiring Tonight Show host Jay Leno also owns one in his extensive car collection. The Challenger was designed to be Dodge’s “answer to the Mustang and Camaro,” and the 1970 edition is considered by many car enthusiasts to be the most iconic model. In the show, Seinfeld drives comic Brian Regan to a diner in Santa Monica.
4. 1966 Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet: $160,000
The Porsche 356 was the famous German car manufacturer’s first production automobile. This 2-wheel-drive sports car was widely popular in Europe in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Seinfeld’s version is a 1966 Cabriolet outfitted as a Dutch police car, complete with siren. In the show, Seinfeld drives around writer Barry Marder, who wrote the popular Letters from a Nut book series under the pseudonym Ted L. Nancy.
3. 1960 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II — $200,000
The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud was a luxury 4-speed automatic produced in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The car is very similar to the much more famous Bentley line. The 1960 Silver Cloud II had a top speed of 105 mph (168.5 km/h), and could go 0-60 mph in 11 seconds. On the show, Jerry takes the classic car to have a meal with comedy legends Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks in Los Angeles.
2. 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS: $550,000
Is there a more famous sports car than the Porsche 911 Carrera? Likely not. For many people, the Porsche 911 is the iconic high-performance car. The model has a long history of racing, rallying, and private driving as a luxury spots car. Seinfeld’s 1973 model is worth more than half a million dollars. In the show, Jerry drives new Late Night host Seth Meyers to a tea shop in Brooklyn.
1. 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S: $610,000
This Italian sports car was the fastest road car available when it was released at the end of the 1960’s. Lamborghini engineers wanted to push the limits of the company’s performance cars, and they succeeded beyond their wildest designs. Miura became Lamborghini’s flagship model, and with a top speed of 171 mph, it was a formidable racing car through the 1970’s. In the show, Seinfeld drives stand-up comic Chris Rock to a North Jersey diner.
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