AceShowbiz - Jerry Seinfeld is sued for allegedly selling a fake Porsche. Fica Frio Ltd., which purchased the 1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GT Carrera Speedster from the actor in March 2016, filed a lawsuit against the comedian in Manhattan federal court on Friday, February 1.
The collector paid $1.54 million for the car during an auction in Amelia Island, Florida. The auction summary boasted that the car was a "stunning example of a rare thoroughbred Porsche," but later Fica Frio learned that the car was not authentic.
According to the lawsuit, the car was described as "[having] the distinction of being the only Carrera Speedster known to have been finished at the factory in Auratium Green." The buyer then took the car to one of the world's foremost historic Porsche dealers who doubted the authenticity of the car, and an investigation reportedly proved that it was indeed fake.
Fica Frio claimed the authentication of the vehicle was bogus. According to the lawsuit, the person who sold it to Jerry said, "Unfortunately we do not have a lot of information on the 1958 Porsche 356 A 1500 GT Carrera Speedster. We purchased the car from a broker who would not take me to the cars (sic) original location to meet the family that owned it originally."
After being informed about this, Jerry left a voicemail in June 2018 to "offer my apology for this nuisance and assure you that you will be completely indemnified in full and not have to keep the car and get all your money back." He also "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."
He reportedly agreed to "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 plaintiff claims that the "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" host "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."
Responding to the lawsuit, Jerry's lawyer Orin Snyder insists that the "Seinfeld" alum has been showing good faith and trying to settle the issue with Fica Frio, but the latter allegedly didn't cooperate. "Jerry has been working in good faith to get to the bottom of this matter. He has asked Fica Frio for evidence to substantiate the allegations. Fica Frio ignored Jerry and instead filed this frivolous lawsuit," the lawyer states.
He goes on claiming, "Jerry consigned the car to Gooding and Company, an auction house, which is responsible for the sale. Nevertheless, Jerry 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."