Jerry Seinfeld’s parents had terrible cars. Ugly, battered, unreliable cars.
“The whole drive of my life was to have better cars than my parents had,” Seinfeld said Car and Driver. “I wanted to get away from those cars.”
“Those cars” included the likes of a 1960 Rambler, a 1962 Rambler, a 1950s Chevrolet Biscayne and a 1963 Cadillac Eldorado, all of which were “used and in terrible shape,” according to Seinfeld.
Still, the famous comedian admitted, his father had an affinity for cars. “He would, you know, buy weird stuff,” Seinfeld said, “but he definitely liked cars.” Seinfeld’s own interest in cars is well documented, from his early material breakdowns and bumper cars to episodes of Seinfeld such as “The Bottle Deposit,” “The Cadillac,” and “The Dealership,” to name a few. However, Seinfeld’s most blatantly car-related project is his 2012–2019 series. Comedians in cars getting coffee.
Despite having no plans to produce more episodes of the show, Seinfeld now has portions of the 84 episodes of Comedians in cars getting coffee available in book form. Aptly titled The comedians in cars get coffee book (Simon & Schuster)the book contains more than 300 pages of excerpts and images from Seinfeld’s numerous interviews with various comedians.
It also includes an introduction by Seinfeld and an oral history of the show’s creation. For example, we learn that Starbucks passed on the show. However, car lovers find the book a little lacking, as the emphasis of the book remains on the “comedians” and not the “cars” – not unlike the show itself.
Admittedly, Seinfeld warns readers, writing in the book, “I’m not going to talk too much about the cars because if you’re not a car enthusiast, cars are an incredibly boring subject.” Ah, our pride.
That said, there are a number of photos of the vehicles — and the comedians — that appear throughout the series in this $35 book. It’s a reminder that Seinfeld’s pursuit of success paid off, giving him the opportunity to drive — and, in the case of some of the cars in the show, own — better cars than his parents. had.
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