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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Not Too Shabby For Someone Who No Longer Works

Most people build showrooms for trophies, posters and antiques, but do you know why Jerry Seinfeld, star of famous hit TV show Seinfeld, had a showroom built for? It’s for his large Porsche collection. I am not a big fan of Porsche vehicles, but I’m impressed by the sheer number of his overpriced collection. I can’t even buy a collection of model cars. If he decides to sell all of ‘em, he can buy a small country with the proceeds. Heck! He can even do so with his income alone. And get this! The guy is no longer working like he used to, but he’s still raking in millions just from the profit of syndications of his show. Life is good to Jerry Seinfeld.

Anyway, the most recent count puts his collection at 47 Porsches, most notable
of which are the following:
  • 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder
  • Porsche 959
  • 1959 Porsche GT speedster
  • Porsche 911
  • Porsche Boxter
Judging from that list, he’s got all bases covered. He’s got famous Porches, speedy Porsches, limited edition Porches, small Porsches and stylish Porsches. And that’s just five of his 47 cars. I don’t think there’s a garage big enough to house the rest. In fact, because he had a showroom-like garage built instead of a typical garage, he can only fit about half of his collection in there. The rest are stored in a rented place. The sprawling two-storey Manhattan garage also has its own elevator, kitchenette, deck, bathroom and an 844 sq/ft office. The kitchenette, deck, bathroom and office I understand, but why he needs an elevator in a two-storey building? That may be the reason why he’s not as thin as he was during his Seinfeld days. If I were him I’d build a Porsche from scratch. He could make that the centerpiece of his collection. Anyway, he’s been around cars so much that he probably knows every part of it. If the car parts needed are no longer in production, maybe he can knock on a few doors, wave a couple of thousand dollars and maybe he could have factory body parts, suspension system and engine parts made.

Interestingly enough, Ferdinand Porsche, the founder of the Dr. ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH or Porsche, had a son, Ferry, who decided to build his own car because he didn’t like the ones in production. He and his team were able to build a crude version of the 356, which was later mass-produced. It’s considered by many as the first Porsche ever built, but that is in reality not the case. The first one was the Porsche 64, although most of the components used were taken from the Volkswagen Beetle. Hmmm. That’s kinda interesting. Jerry Seinfeld should definitely consider that.