The Coolest Cars From Seinfeld’s ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’
You never quite know what you’ll get in an episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” Sometimes, Seinfeld’s chemistry with the other comic is off; at other times, Jerry himself seems too cranky to get through 20 minutes.
However, you are guaranteed at least a few funny jokes and one extraordinary vehicle. From a 1949 Porsche to a 1962 Volkswagen double-cab bus, car enthusiasts have plenty to enjoy in the Netflix series.
Now that Seinfeld’s made it through dozens of “Comedians” episodes since 2012, we took a look back at the 10 coolest cars he’s featured on the show. (Note: Episodes are listed as they are grouped on Netflix, not as they originally aired online.)
1. Aston Martin DB5 (1964)
It was good enough for Sean Connery as James Bond and was Paul McCartney’s choice of wheels, too. That covers a good share of 1960s British cool royalty.
When Seinfeld picks up Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a pristine model, she’s appropriately blown away by it. Unfortunately for modern buyers, they all cost somewhere in the high six figures on the collectors’ market.
2. Lamborghini P400 S Miura (1969)
When he went for a drive with Chris Rock in the “Comedians” debut season, Seinfeld pulled up in what he considers the prettiest car on earth: the Lamborghini Miura P400 S from 1969.
The automaker only built about 700 models of this V12 masterpiece, which may be at its best in Arancio Borealis (a color Lamborghini still uses for the Huracán).
3. Buick Riviera (1965)
In Season 4, Episode 13, Seinfeld takes out George Wallace in a sparkling 1965 Buick Riviera. The two comics have known each other since the 1970s, yet Wallace surprised Seinfeld by telling Jerry his father had the same car when he was growing up.
If you’re talking about the best coupe designs of the ’60s and ’70s, this Riviera has to be in the conversation. In 2016, a Gran Sport model sold at Scottsdale for $121,000.
4. Jaguar XKE Series II E-Type (1969)
When it comes to a knockout like the Jaguar XKE Series 2 E-Type, Seinfeld let Enzo Ferrari do the talking. Ferrari once called this Jag “the most beautiful car in the world,” and it’s hard to disagree with him.
Even Sarah Silverman, who has something snarky to say about most everything, admitted she “secretly” loved the automaker’s cars. Seinfeld took an opalescent blue E-Type out for the second episode of Season 4.
5. Delorean DMC-12 (1981)
“If you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?” That was the line from Back to the Future that explains the professor’s choice of the Delorean DMC-12.
More than three decades later, this gullwing-door icon still holds a special place in popular culture — and a notorious place in the annals of nonworking cars. True to form, with a block of picking up Patton Oswalt, Seinfeld’s Delorean broke down.
6. Ford Mustang Boss 302 (1970)
Seinfeld really hits his stride in Season 4, when he followed up the Jaguar E-Type with a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 in the third episode. The comedian riding along with him is Bill Burr, a self-proclaimed Ford fan and classic F-100 owner.
It got its name from the 302-cubic-inch V8 engine and the fact a top Ford executive (i.e., the boss) had engineers develop for him on the sly over the years. Seinfeld’s had a shaker hood scoop, but otherwise the pictured model is about identical to the one he drove on his show.
7. Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (1955)
Sure, gullwing doors aren’t practical. Just ask Elon Musk, who still can’t get the ones on the Tesla Model X to work.
But in the case of an ivory-white 1955 Mercedes 300 SL, they’re absolutely majestic. Throw in a six-cylinder that produced 215 horsepower in the 1950s and you get why it’s such a special car. (The car Jerry drives runs with 240 horses.)
Seinfeld chose to drive it with Lorne Michaels, so we have an idea how highly he thinks of the “SNL” creator.
8. Pontiac Firebird 400 (1968)
While the ’69 Camaro Z/28 and ’63 Corvette Stingray were contenders, we had to go with the ’68 Pontiac Firebird 400 for the second GM car on this list. This car is so cool Seinfeld thinks Judd Apatow might have avoided being a nerd if he drove one as a kid in Syosset.
Fortunately for fans of Apatow’s comedy, the writer and director did no such thing, and didn’t even seem interested in the Firebird when Jerry showed it off. The rest of us will drool over the V8’s 330 horsepower and 430 pound-foot of torque with dual exhaust.
Pontiac appropriately called it “Big Daddy” when it unveiled this Firebird, and only 11,649 convertibles made it out of the factory that year.
9. BMW 2002tii (1972)
It’s not an American muscle legend or slick Italian supercar, but the early ’70s BMW 2002tii is still ridiculously cool. This car came from an era when German coupes had understated style and plenty of heft.
Seinfeld says it was the car BMW bragged could “drive 100 mph all day long.” Nearly four decades later, this car still turns heads and won’t break the bank: This 2002tii had an asking price of $29,900 on Autotrader (Canada) in 2015.
10. Ferrari GTB QV (1985)
Fewer than 75 models of the Ferrari 308 GTB quattrovalvole (QV) made it to U.S. buyers. Luckily, Seinfeld got his hands on a 1985 edition for a ride with Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show.”
For the generation that grew up watching Don Johnson and Tom Selleck drive Ferraris in their respective ’80s detective shows, this model may be the coolest of them all.
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