Gooding and Company, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Florida, March 11, 2016
Otis Chandler, William Harrah, Henry Austin Clark, Jr. and Bruce Weiner share a thread with Jerry Seinfeld.
They elevated car collecting to a high level.
Chandler worked his way through collecting genres from American Muscle through motorcycles to grand Classics, each time doing his research, enlisting the best specialists and exercising a common characteristic shared with the others called ‘taste’.
Bill Harrah was eclectic, yet the staff he assembled and the standards he had them follow makes ‘Harrah’s restoration’ still a standard for careful, thorough research and a wide-ranging search for the best.
Austie Clark never met a vehicle he didn’t like, and he drove them with a verve and style rarely duplicated while preserving relics that form the Genesis of the automobile and without which our automotive history would be sadly shallow.
Bruce Weiner loved (and still loves) microcars, making their documentation a signature of his collection.
Add Jerry Seinfeld, who sold 18 cars in the headline collection at this year’s Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction, to that list. He may (and probably does) own rats, but they weren’t among his collection-thinning offering in Amelia. His reputation as a discerning collector of the finest cars from Porsche is well-established. He has honed his understanding of Porsche, augmenting it with advice from recognized experts, to a high level, imparting ‘Ex-Seinfeld Collection’ provenance to every Porsche (or VW) he owns. They are the best.
And they were presented that way, pristine, fresh and crisp according to their histories.
The Gooding Amelia Island marquee was a panoply of Porsche shirts as the Stuttgart faithful gathered to the time and place to witness a display even more Porsche-centric than Gooding’s offering here of the Drendel collection of turbocharged Porsches in 2012. The place was packed to the walls.
Celebrity doesn’t hurt, either, and every successful buyer got a photo (in some cases a very expensive photo) together with the car and Jerry Seinfeld.
The sale’s headline car, Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder s/n 2871GT was almost an afterthought, selling for a within-estimate $17,160,000 late in the sale.
At the end of the day the Seinfeld cars and the Cal Spyder made this, by almost a factor of two, Gooding’s most successful Amelia Island auction, with $60,179,350 changing hands.
Here are the numbers:
Gooding Amelia Island
Cars Offered / Sold
Sold < Low Est
Sold > High Est
78 / 68
85 / 76
88 / 78
72 / 69
77 / 70
85 / 70
71 / 58
Andrew Newton contributed many of the on-site observations; the editor remains responsible for the final content and observations.
Gooding and Company Amelia Island 2016 – Auction Report