Jerry Seinfeld is being sued by a company that claims it bought the comedian’s 1958 Porsche for $1.5m (£1.1m), only to find it was fake.
A lawsuit has been filed by Fica Frio Ltd in Manhattan federal court against the star, who is a classic car enthusiast and hosts the Netflix series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.
The court documents said Fica Frio’s representatives paid $1.54m at an March 2016 auction in Amelia Island, Florida. The price included the 10% auction commission.
The firm, based in the Channel Islands, is seeking unspecified damages including the costs of the purchase, alleging that the car is not authentic.
An auction summary of the Porsche said that it was “FROM THE JERRY SEINFELD COLLECTION” and said it was a “stunning example of a rare thoroughbred Porsche”.
According to the lawsuit, Seinfeld left a voicemail last June apologising and promising a full refund. But it said the refund never came.
Seinfeld’s lawyer, Orin Snyder, said the comedian acted in good faith.
“He has asked Fica Frio for evidence to substantiate the allegations. Fica Frio ignored Jerry and instead filed this frivolous lawsuit,” Mr Snyder said in a statement.
However, he added his client “is willing to do what’s right and fair, and we are confident the court will support the need for an outside evaluator to examine the provenance of the car”.