A Festivus Miracle? Seinfeld Unhurt in Crash of '67 Fiat

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld escaped unhurt after rolling one of his classic cars, a 1967 Fiat BTM Coupe, when its brakes failed over the weekend.
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Comedian Jerry Seinfeld escaped unhurt after rolling one of his classic cars, a 1967 Fiat "BTM" coupe, when its brakes failed over the weekend.

Miraculously, the comic walked away uninjured his wife Jessica told the New York Post.

While the newspaper is listing the car as a Fiat "BTM", we have been unable to track down this specific model.

"He was a little shocked when he walked in and it started to dawn on him what happened," she said. "I was extremely relieved and grateful and I'm feeling very lucky that nothing happened."

The accident occurred at 7:40 p.m. Saturday on Skimhampton Road in East Hampton, said East Hampton Police Chief Todd Sarris told the newspaper.

Seinfeld was alone in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

According to police reports, the brakes on the vintage car appear to have failed forcing the comedian to attempt to stop the car using the emergency brake.

When the emergency brake failed to stop the car, Seinfeld cut the wheel to the right forcing the car to roll over and coming to rest just yards from a busy intersection.

The 1967 Fiat "BTM" rolled onto the passenger side, then the roof, and finally came to rest on the driver's side.

"His actions probably avoided a very serious accident," Sarris said. "I think he was a little shaken up, with justification."

The comic did not require medical attention.

According to police reports, the accident was chalked up to mechanical failure. Seinfeld had not been drinking and no summonses were issued.

The banged-up car, which was dented on all sides as well as its roof, was towed to a local garage and later back to Seinfeld's estate, sources told the New York Post.

Always a comedian, Seinfeld brushed off the whole thing.

"Because I know there are kids out there, I want to make sure they all know that driving without braking is not something I recommend, unless you have professional clown training or a comedy background, as I do. It is not something I plan to make a habit of."

Seinfeld is an avid car collector. He is believed to own 47 Porsches - making him one of the world's largest collectors of the German sports cars.

Who knows, maybe Newman was to blame?

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