Matt LeBlanc is a bonafide car guy, using his earnings from his time on shows like Friends and Joey to support his car passions. He has even spent time as a host of the renowned car geek show Top Gear. Apparently though, he’s still having trouble selling one of his cars.
To be fair, it’s a rather expensive and rare Porsche he’s trying to offload: a 1984 Porsche 911 Turbo with a factory Slantnose and just 950 miles on the odometer. The well-documented Guards Red car has crossed the auction block twice but both times failed to find a new owner. In fact, LeBlanc tells late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel that not only did he fail to sell it at its most recent auction, he somehow managed to buy a Jeep instead.
“Next thing you know, I’ve had four or five beers and I… buy a Jeep.” Leblanc says. “The guys at the auction love me.”
The whole situation is an odd about-face from the storyline on Friends when LeBlanc’s character, Joey, couldn’t hang on to a silver Porsche he used spark up conversation with women because the real owner moved it. (He proceeded to try anyway and continue the ruse with a lot of boxes and a fancy car cover. Of course that unraveled.)
The reason his 911 hasn’t yet moved on is in part because of the record number of Porsches for sale as of late, especially at the Amelia Island auctions where LeBlanc most recently consigned the car. With so many Porsches on offer, sellers faced an uphill battle hoping there was enough demand to get people bidding past reserves. Sell-through rate for Porsches at Amelia 2019 was 90 percent, but cars barely passed that threshold in a lot of cases, averaging just 6 percent over the low estimate. LeBlanc was not so lucky to even get that.
He’s an extremely successful celebrity actor, so he’s probably not hurting for cash, but we hope LeBlanc can move on and get his Porsche sold soon. It’s clear he is a really passionate car guy, and you can tell that’s for real when he tells Kimmel about his harrowing experience taking his driver’s test as a teenager in a real beater of an AMC Javelin. Even though the floor was all rusted through and the car was a piece of junk, he still got his license and was on his way to driving the open road on his own.