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Jerry Seinfeld’s Former Porsche Carrera GT Is up for Auction Right Now

Jerry Seinfeld’s Former Porsche Carrera GT Is up for Auction Right Now

Jerry Seinfeld’s crowning creative achievement may have been a TV series about nothing, but there is a lot more to his car collection than that.

And now, you can own one of the most impressive vehicles to ever pass through the funnyman’s vaunted roster of autos—a 2004 Porsche Carrera GT. The rare, mid-engine sports car is currently up for grabs on Bring a Trailer (h/t Jalopnik). Be warned, though: It might take a record sum to make this car yours.

There aren’t many cars throughout Porsche’s rich history that can compete with the Carrera GT, which, with just 1,270 examples in existence, might be the automaker’s most collectible 21st-century vehicle. Produced between 2004 and 2007, the two-seat targa roadster, like the 959 before it, was a genuine attempt to push the sports car forward. More than a decade and a half after the automaker stopped making the vehicle, it’s still a showstopper. And the main reason why sits in its engine bay: a 5.7-liter naturally aspirated V-10. Mated to an eight-speed manual gear box that sends power to the rear axle, it generated a very hearty 603 horses, 435 ft lbs of twist and has a purr that’s led some to call it one of the “best-sounding production cars ever made.”

Inside the 2004 Carrera GT 

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This particular Carrera GT, which was made during the car’s first year of production, was purchased brand new by Seinfeld in 2005, according to the auction listing. It’s finished in black, has a dark gray leather interior, removable roof panels and forged magnesium wheels. The Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee host held on to the car until 2011 and it’s passed through the hands of two other owners since. Despite having just 3,700 miles on the odometer, it was treated to a full, engine-out servicing in 2020 and looks to be in impeccable condition. It also comes with a copy of the original New York title, proving that it was owned by the Seinfeld star himself.
Bidding for Seinfeld’s Carrera GT is currently up to $1.6 million with 11 days to go. With that much time left, and considering who used to own it, we wouldn’t be completely surprised if this examples beats the $2 million record that was set by a silver 2005 model this past January.
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This 1935 Duesenberg Convertible Just Sold for a Record $1.34 Million on Bring a Trailer

This 1935 Duesenberg Convertible Just Sold for a Record $1.34 Million on Bring a Trailer

Turns out Bring a Trailer can also bring in the millions. The online auction house, which typically sells cars for around the $100,000 mark, just set a new record high with a doozy of a ride.

The car in question is a Duesenberg Model JN convertible from 1935 that hammered for $1.34 million last Friday. The vintage four-wheeler is now the most expensive car ever sold on Bring a Trailer, besting a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing that sold for $1.23 million on the site in June 2019.

The hefty seven-figure sum can be largely attributed to the vehicle’s seminal role in automotive history. Founded in 1913, Duesenberg once represented the pinnacle of luxury motoring. After the outfit was acquired by transportation legend E.L. Cord in 1926, co-founder Fred Duesenberg was tasked with designing the biggest, fastest and most expensive car ever to hit the road.

The JN is one of only three with a coach-built convertible sedan body by Rollston. 

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The result was the Model J, which debuted in 1928 and quickly became coveted among the upper crust. In fact, it’s responsible for bringing the phrase “it’s a doozy” into the modern lexicon. In 1935, the marque followed up with 10 revised JN models. Of the 10, only three were equipped with a coach-built convertible sedan body by Rollston, including the very rarity that’s presented here.
In addition to its iconic silhouette, the convertible packs an impressive amount of power. Under the long hood resides a true feat of engineering for the time—a 6.9-liter Lycoming inline-eight engine capable of generating a then-unheard-of 265 hp. For context, Ford’s updated 1935 Flathead V-8 produced just 85 horses.

The 6.9-liter inline-eight engine generates 265 hp. 

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This particular model has cycled through a few collectors in its lifetime and went through a complete refurbishment in the 1990s. Shortly after, it was snapped up by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation in 2000 and incorporated into the IMS Museum where it stayed until this sale.
What makes the car even more special is that Duesenberg closed just two years after it rolled off the line due to the Great Depression. Fortunately, the early 1930s excess still shines through in this classic convertible—and its modern-day price tag.
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Bring-a-Trailer Celebrates 50,000 Listings by Offering a 2008 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Coupé

Bring-a-Trailer Celebrates 50,000 Listings by Offering a 2008 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Coupé

Bring a Trailer has figured out the perfect way to celebrate its 50,000th listing—by selling a Bugatti, of course.

A 2008 example of the Veyron 16.4 Coupé is currently up for bid on the popular auto auction site. And with more than a week of bidding left, the gorgeous black speed machine could become the site’s most expensive vehicle—by a comfortable margin.

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The Veyron 16.4 was the first all-new model introduced following the Volkswagen Group’s acquisition of Bugatti at the end of the 1990s. This specific example is the 89th of 284 built in the model’s original configuration, which was produced between 2005 and 2011, and the 29th of 76 built to US specifications. The mid-engine supercar’s trademark curves are finished in a stunning coat of Beluga Black accented with chrome trim, while the interior is covered in matching black leather and Alcantara. It rides on a set of factory aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport PAX tires, which were designed specifically for the Veyron.

Inside the Veyron 16.4 

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The car is powered by one of Volkswagen’s famous 4.0-liter W-12 engine. Mated to a Ricardo seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends power to all four wheels, the mill is capable of generating a beastly 987 horsepower and 922 ft lbs of torque, according to the auction listing. That engine would also help the Veyron 16.4 become the first production vehicle to break 249 mph in 2005. Even better, the car was recently outfitted with new battery in preparation for its sale.

The Veyron 16.4’s W-12 engine 

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This Veyron has 8,000 miles on the odometer, which isn’t exactly low for a supercar, but ot appears to have been lovingly maintained. In fact, it’s almost entirely stock, with the exception of a custom stainless-steel exhaust that was added in 2018. One thing to note: Thought the car is in good condition, you’re looking at a pretty hefty bill when you do have to take it into the shop, according to CNET Roadshow. Service records show that a simple tire change cost over $41,000 in 2011, while a 2017 checkup ended up costing the owner $47,000. Fortunately, the automaker’s new Passeport Tranquillite service program for Veyron and Chiron owners should help keeps costs in check.

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That’s a good thing, too, because the actual car itself will, like all Bugattis, will cost plenty. As of press time, bidding is up to $1.1 million with eight days to go. That’s only $100,000 short of the site’s current record holder, a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, which sold for $1.2 million  in 2019. Considering the Veyron sold for $1.7 million brand new, even tying that mark would be a bargain.

Collectors, Rejoice! This Lovingly Restored 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster Is up for Auction

Collectors, Rejoice! This Lovingly Restored 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster Is up for Auction

When Porsche first introduced the 356 back in the ‘50s, it became an instant hit and that popularity has seldom waned. Nowadays, it’s no easy feat to land a restored 356, but collectors have just been gifted a rare opportunity.

A vintage 356 is currently up for auction on Bring a Trailer—in speedster form, no less. The drop-top rolled off the line in 1956 and journeyed from Stuttgart to New York the same year. It has since been lovingly restored for the modern driver and is presented in pristine condition.

The ‘50s classic sports an impossible-to-miss, cherry-red paint job that highlights its sumptuous curves. It retains all the charming original details, including the iconic cut-down windshield, single-engine lid vent, quadruple beehive taillights and gold decal lettering. It even has its Reutter badge still riveted to the right front fender.

The speedster is fitted with a replacement flat-four from 1955, which was rebuilt in April 2021. 

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Inside, plush tan leather adorns the signature fixed-back bucket seats. This is complemented by oatmeal square-weave carpeting that lines the seat surfaces, kick panels and door sills. The soft top continues the theme and is stored beneath a matching tan leather boot.
Under the hood, the convertible houses a replacement 4-cylinder boxer from 1955, which was rebuilt in April 2021, with a 1,720cc big bore kit paired to a four-speed manual transaxle. It also sports overhauled twin Solex carburetors, powder-coated engine tins and other replacement parts to ensure the 65-year-old can keep up with any modern-day four-wheeler.
The car is fitted with chrome 15-inch wide-five wheels with Michelin XZX tires. A spare is also housed in the front trunk just in case you get too excited putting that flat-four to the test. Stopping power, meanwhile, comes courtesy of four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes and replacement master and rear wheel cylinders.

The interior is replete with plush tan leather. 

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The Porsche is offered in mint condition. It was serviced at the start of this year and currently has 16,000 miles on the ticker, though the actual coverage is unknown.
Given their scarcity, restored 356 speedsters from the ‘50s routinely attract six figures. Bids for this particular retro gem are currently sitting at $175,000 as of writing, with four days left on the auction. Best get in quick, folks.
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