Porsche produced a unique 718 Spyder, whose specifications celebrate 50 years since the 908/03 won the 1970 Targa Florio, for one of its most loyal customers and collectors: comedian Jerry Seinfeld.
The 908 is not just an endurance Peugeot from the 2000s. It is also a Porsche, also a racing one, which ran from the end of the 1960s to the beginning of the 1980s. American comedian Jerry Seinfeld , known to be a great collector of the Stuttgart marque, owns the 908/03 Spyder which won the 1970 Targa Florio in the hands of Jo Siffert and Brian Redman. In 2020, he ordered a new 718 Spyder from Porsche. with unique specifications inspired by its 908, for the 50th anniversary of this victory. The car is only unveiled to the public today, on the sidelines of Monterey Car Week 2022.
The 718 in question therefore takes up the Gulf livery of its inspiration, mixing blue and orange, as well as the green of its front and rear spoilers and the black of its rims. To push the resemblance further, Seinfeld went so far as to ask that the paint covers the front lights and that the car does not have an exterior mirror on the passenger side. The door sills are badged « 50 Jahre Targa Florio 1970-2020 ».
The interior finish is more sober with black microfiber upholstery contrasted by orange details, such as the inscriptions on the gear lever. Nothing being said about the mechanics of the convertible, it is probably the same flat-six 4 L atmospheric of 420 ch as on the 718 Spyder of series.
A prestigious design team
It was a Boxster 981 Bergspyder prototype unveiled in 2019, a modern reinterpretation of the 1968 Porsche 909 Bergspyder, which inspired Jerry Seinfeld for his 718 Spyder. The design was overseen by Grant Larson, one of the « fathers » of the first Boxster, now director of special projects at Porsche. And the livery design was finalized by artist Christoph Niemann. The amount that Jerry Seinfeld had to pay to afford this unique Porsche 718 Spyder has not been communicated, but one can easily imagine that it is very high…
Sources: Gianni Cabiglio, Will Lee