Seinfeld Sues Over Fake Porsche in Manhattan Federal Court
While Jerry Seinfeld may be the world's funniest Porsche collector, he's probably not laughing over the lawsuit he just had to file.
Apparently, a special edition 1958 Porsche 356 that he sold at auction turned out, allegedly, to be a "fake," not that there's anything wrong with that. Although, for the buyer, clearly, it was a problem. Tony definitely would not think it's fine. After contacting Jerry, Jerry apologized and offered a refund and to take the car back, allegedly. But when that didn't happen, the buyer sued Jerry, and, now, going full-on Jackie Chiles, Jerry is suing the people he bought the car from.
Battle of the Porsche Experts
According to the coverage of the case, it appears that everything is going to boil down to whether the car is actually authentic or not. Notably, it won awards, and "fooled" several judges and Porsche experts. Jerry even received a certificate of authenticity with his purchase, and had his own Porsche expert look at it.
However, when the new buyer went to sell it, the buyer's seller's expert noticed something amiss with the progeny of the car. He became suspicious when he noticed a lack of photographs during the restoration process, particularly given the recentness of the restoration. This particular special edition Porsche is susceptible to counterfeiting as it only has a few modifications from the original Porsche 356 that can be replicated.
Jerry's lawsuit seems to take the side of the new buyer, and blasts the California dealer that restored and sold him the car for having a history of counterfeiting cars.
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