In over 72 brief episodes, Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has gained a following for its blend of humorous discussion and a carefully curated selection of cars matched to each guest.
From Larry David as the first guest, through ten seasons, the formula has been pretty much the same. Jerry picks up a guest in a classic car and the pair drive off to get coffee or a hearty breakfast. Jerry has chatted with top comedians like Jay Leno, George Wallace and Dave Chappelle, up-and-comers like Kate McKinnon, John Mulaney and Seinfeld show chums like Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander.
Even compared to the star power of his guests, Jerry’s car selection has been nothing short of spectacular. For car buffs, it’s been a buffet spread from the ridiculous to the sublime: a VW Thing to a Lamborghini Miura. Sometimes the humor comes from the guest interacting with the car, like lanky Norm Macdonald origami-ing himself into the diminutive 1958 Porsche 356A.
“Like pairing a fine wine with a great meal, Seinfeld does a fantastic job pairing classic automotive beauties with some of today’s most entertaining personalities,” notes Eric Lawrence, Director of Specialty Products at Black Book. “Viewers certainly appreciate the comedic value of the show, but they are entranced by the elegant cars in the show, and are captivated by the opportunity for an up-close glimpse of some of the auto industry’s most prized works of art.”
The folks at Black Book, which tracks valuation histories on collectible autos, recently conducted an analysis of the value of each of the cars that have been showcased on Seinfeld’s show.
Below are the top-five most expensive autos that have been featured on the show, according to Black Book.
- 1976 Lamborghini Countach: $1,000,000
Zany comedy legend Jim Carrey was the perfect fit for the Countach, still considered one of the wildest production cars ever made decades after its debut. Like Jim Carrey, the Countach is one of a kind.
- 1973 Porsche Carrera RS Lightweight: $1,000,000
Produced in the same year that late night host and former Saturday Night Live Weekend Update host Seth Meyers was born, the Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight was a car from Jerry’s personal collection. Essentially a race car for the street, the Carrera RS was driven by an air-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine that pumped out 210 hp.
- 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Coupe: $1,250,000
Jerry’s guest in this English classic was Julia Louis-Dreyfus, his Seinfeld co-star, a class act with a bawdy sense of humor. The DB5 first gained fame as James Bond’s favorite spy car with a bag of tricks up its smoke-spewing tailpipe.
- 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S: $1,350,000
Comedian Chris Rock joined Jerry in this Italian Stallion. Only about 700 of these rare beauties were made, and far fewer survive today.
- 1955 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing: $1,600,000
The guest for this car was another timeless classic, Lorne Michaels, creator of Saturday Night Live and producer of many spinoff films and TV shows. While he’s not a performer, Michaels may have had more influence on American comedy than anyone else in history. Not bad for a Canadian, eh?
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is on Netflix.