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How Jerry Seinfeld Found Steve McQueen's Porsche 917 on a Used Car Lot

Road & Track logo Road & Track 2/12/2020 Brian Silvestro
a man sitting in a car: Jerry Seinfeld bought the actual 917 that starred in the movie Le Mans. Here's how it happened. © Spike Feresten - Twitter Jerry Seinfeld bought the actual 917 that starred in the movie Le Mans. Here's how it happened.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has a vast collection of Porsches. Perhaps the most interesting car in his collection is 917 chassis 022—one of the cars Steve McQueen used in his movie Le Mans. Seinfeld bought the car in the early 2000s, but hasn't ever told the story of how he came to acquire it—until now.

Seinfeld recently went onto Spike Feresten's podcast, Spike's Car Radio, to talk about the purchase, and it's fascinating. After filming, the car was sold to Reinhold Joest, who took it racing in Europe. It was then sold to Richard Attwood, winner of the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans, in 1975. He repainted it in the colors used on the 917 he used to win, before selling it at auction in 2000 for around $1.2 million.

The car was repainted in its original Gulf livery before eventually ending up in a Los Angeles dealership showroom on Wilshire Boulevard in 2002. Feresten spotted the car while driving by one day, and reached out to Seinfeld about going to check it out. He even brought a camera with him:

The dealer later invited Seinfeld and his friends to Willow Springs to see the 917 on track. Hilariously, one of the front wheels fell off while it was on the move. Nonetheless, Seinfeld wanted a race car in his collection (he didn't have any at the time), so after about a week of negotiating, it was his.

Interesting stuff.

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