Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is being sued by a company who claims it purchased the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee star’s luxury 1958 Porsche for $US1.54 million ($AU2.12 million) — only to discover it was allegedly fake.
Collector Fica Frio Limited’s legal action was filed in Manhattan federal court against the legendary comic, who is known for his love of vintage cars.
His show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee follows Seinfeld as he interviews other comedians while driving in fancy, vintage vehicles. Seinfeld is a collector of vintage cars, according to Newsday.
The civil suit stated Fica Frio’s representatives paid $US1.54 million ($AU2.12 million) at a March 2016 auction in Amelia Island, Florida. The price included the 10 per cent auction house commission.
The legal case, seeking unspecified damages including the costs associated with the purchase, said they learned the car was not authentic. 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.”
Seinfeld allegedly sent out auction notices for the car describing it as a 1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster, according to court documents.
They stated that car was described as “(having) the distinction of being the only Carrera Speedster known to have been finished at the factory in Auratium Green.”
Seinfeld left a voicemail in June to “offer my apology for this nuisance and assure you that you will be completely indemnified,” according to the legal case, Newsday reported.
The Seinfeld star also said 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 case.
“After being informed by Fica Frio that the vehicle is not authentic, Mr Seinfeld orally accepted, in a voicemail audio recording, Fica Frio’s offer to rescind the sale of the vehicle and return to Fica Frio the purchase price that Fica Frio had paid to Mr Seinfeld, plus all costs it incurred, in exchange for Fica Frio returning the vehicle to Mr Seinfeld,” the court papers stated, reports Page Six.
“Mr Seinfeld breached that oral agreement, as he has not returned Fica Frio’s purchase price nor paid to Fica Frio its costs incurred, in exchange for the vehicle.”
Orin Snyder, Seinfeld’s lawyer, 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,” Mr Snyder said in a statement.
Still, Mr 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.”