A special Lotus Exige owned by Jerry Seinfeld is up for sale

Article by Christian A., on May 19, 2017

With that kind of wit and humour, plus his collection of Porsches, who doesn’t know of Jerry Seinfeld? Well, here is one thing you may not know - he doesn’t exclusively love only German sports cars, as he is the original owner of the mean, green 2009 Lotus Exige Sport 260. And if you are a fan of Seinfeld, you might be interested in what I am about to say. The car will go up for auction this May 27.

Not many details were posted on the listing of the Exige, not even the price. However, we know that this is probably the only Sport 260 that was ever painted in this colour - as the Kawasaki Green is a paint to sample option. One of the photos show that the car has traveled 3,988 miles since its original owner got it.

As you look at the Lotus’ VIN details, you will find that it was being sold for $62,000 in 2012 by an owner from Austin, Texas. This seller reported that this car had been previously owned by Seinfeld, as his name and signature were on the original documents that came with the vehicle as proof.

Lotus once took this race car and gave it some tweaks to make it usable on the road. It is equipped with a supercharged 1.8 liter four cylinder that gave out 256 horsepower and 174 pound feet of torque. To reduce some of its weight, carbon fiber parts replaced the engine cover, rear spoiler and side intakes of the car, shedding a total of 57 pounds off it.

If you do a little research online, you’ll find that only 25 examples of the Lotus Sport 260 were sold in the United States during the 2009 model year, including one more in Canada. And one of them were originally purchased by Seinfeld before he sold it to someone based in Pennsylvania a in October 2010.

Dan Kruse Classics, the auction house that will be selling the Exige, expects the Lotus to sell at around $65,000 to $75,000. But that is just an estimate, and we don’t know whether its value would go up upon considering it was once owned by the comedian.

On another note, earlier this month, Jerry Seinfeld cleared out his Porsche collection by putting them up for auction at Amelia Island. Gooding & Co had 18 cars up across the block with an estimate of $28 to $32 million. In the end, seventeen of those were sold for a total of $22,244,500. One of those were Seinfeld’s Porsche 917/30 Can-Am which was built for the 1947 season. The model was sold for $3 million, which was a loss for Seinfeld as he purchased it for $4.4 million a few years ago.

Source: Bloomberg.com

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