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What’s the Deal with Seinfeld’s 1959 Porsche 718 RSK?

Submitted by on February 26, 2016

Seinfeld 1959 Porsche 718 RSK

Cruise the streets of Los Angeles with Jerry Seinfeld and his 1959 Porsche 718 RSK – a car with a period racing record a mile long and an engine note you’ll not forget in a hurry (if at all).

“This was the car that Porsche used to prove that a small car with a small engine could be faster than a big car with a big engine.”

The RSK is chassis 718-019, which was constructed at Porsche’s Werk 1 racing department in March of ’59 for a privateer in the United States.

From its 1959 delivery date the car built up an astonishing, and unusually well-documented, racing record. It even spent some time in the hands of Roger Penske, who won the 1960 F-Modified Championship with class or overall wins in more than ten events driving it.

Seinfeld took on custodianship of the car in 2001 and has run it regularly in private track events, as well as events like the Colorado Grand. He lent it to Porsche Cars North America in 2014 for an event at Laguna Seca and exhibited it in the Concours on the Avenue at Carmel-by-the-Sea.

The video features Seinfeld’s thoughts on the car and what makes it special and, most importantly, its magnificent engine note as it cruises the streets of Los Angeles with impressive ease. Hit play!

The car will head to auction at Gooding & Company’s upcoming Amelia Island Sale, and you can find the full details here.

The clip is a short from a full episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which you can check out on their website here.

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