NEW YORK — Jerry Seinfeld was sued Friday by a company claiming it bought a 1958 Porsche from the comedian for $1.5 million only to discover it was a fake.
Fica Frio Limited's lawsuit was filed in Manhattan federal court against a comic known for his love of vintage cars.The lawsuit said Fica Frio's representatives paid $1.54 million at a March 2016 auction for the Auratium Green 1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster at an Amelia Island, Florida, auction of several of Seinfeld's cars. The price included the 10 percent auction house commission.
The lawsuit, seeking unspecified damages including the costs associated with the purchase, said they learned the car was "inauthentic." Fica Frio is based in the Channel Islands.
The auction summary of the Porsche boasted that it was "FROM THE JERRY SEINFELD COLLECTION" and said it was a "stunning example of a rare thoroughbred Porsche."
The car was described as "one of approximately 56 GS/GT Carrera Speedsters built with alloy panels" and "believed to be sole example originally finished in Auratium Green." Its "extremely rare type 692/0 four-cam engine" had received an "award-winning restoration completed by European Collectibles."
According to the lawsuit, Seinfeld left a voicemail last June apologizing and promising a full refund. But it said the refund never came.
Seinfeld's lawyer, Orin Snyder, said the comedian 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.
Still, Snyder said, 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."
Seinfeld mixes his affection for vehicles with his love of comedy in his series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."