Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has filed a lawsuit against a Californian classic car dealer which he alleges sold him a 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster that’s thought to be ‘fake.’
Seinfeld purchased the Porsche Speedster from European Collectibles in Costa Mesa, California for $1.2 million in February 2013. The suit says Seinfeld relied on the Certificate of Authenticity from the dealership in determining that the vehicle was the real deal.
The actor sold the car in March 2016 to Fica Frio Limited for $1.54 million at a public auction but in a recent lawsuit filed against Seinfeld, the new owner asserted that the car was determined by an historic Porsche dealer to not be a real Porsche.
This complaint claims that Seinfeld verbally agreed to repurchase the classic Porsche and cover all costs when he was first quizzed about it in June 2018 but has so far failed to do so. The suit was filed in response.
USA Today reports that when Seinfeld was informed about Fica Frio’s lawsuit, he immediately contacted European Collectibles demanding them to resolve the dispute with the car’s current owner. Seinfeld’s lawsuit asserts that the car dealership has refused to do so. The comedian wants European Collectibles to be held accountable for any damages he is found to be responsible for, asserting that he is simply the middle man.
“Jerry bought a car from European Collectibles that was certified in writing as authentic. He relied on that certification when he purchased it, during the time that he owned it, and when he sold it three years later,” Seinfeld’s lawyer Orin Snyder said.
“Jerry has no liability in this matter, but he wants to do the right thing, and is, therefore, bringing this action to hold European Collectibles accountable for its own certification of authenticity, and to allow the court to determine the just outcome.”