Jay Leno is one of the most famous television presenters of the late 20th and early 21st century. From 1992 to 2014, with a brief interruption, was in charge of the famous late night of the NBC network, ‘The Tonight Show’, now presented by his successor, the popular Jimmy Fallon. What you probably don’t know is that Leno, born in 1950 in New Rochelle (New York), is a fan of the luxury motor world. So much so that he has an impressive collection of cars and motorcycles, both classic and contemporary.
This hobby of Jay Leno is well known in the United States because the presenter has not had a problem showing it off for many years. What’s more, he still does. In fact, presents ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’a program that you can see, among other platforms, on YouTube, where he shows his extensive collection, which covers much more than a garage, as the title of the show says.
The estimation in the specialized US motoring media is that there are about 150 pieces that Jay Leno has in its collection between prototypes, sports cars, motorcycles and classic vehicles. Such an amount does not fit in a garage, at least not in any one. For this reason, Jay Leno keeps it in hangars located in California, as can be seen in his programs, where every week he invites a star to compete with him his love for the world of motoring – on September 7 it opens a new season.
Jay Leno driving a classic car
Leno’s collection is overwhelming. It counts oddities like a 1962 Chrysler powered by turbines of which only 55 units were produced, one of which was purchased by museum presenter Walter P. Chrysler. We have also seen him show off a steam car from 1925, a Lagonda V12 from 1939 and even of a Mercedes-Benz Rennstransporteran assistance vehicle designed in 1955 by the German factory that loaded damaged cars during the Grand Prix to its factory in Stuttgart as quickly as possible (175 km/h).
A Fiat Topolino from 1937 and a Fiat Millecento from 1959 They are also part of Jay Leño’s motor jewels. And models as far removed from these as a 1962 Dodge Viper or Jensen C-V8. Classic sports cars also have a place in his collection: proof of this is the Aston Martin DB5 and a Jaguar whose identity we have reserved for the top 5 highlights that we have chosen among the models that we know are part of the Jay Leno collection, which, of course, also includes supercars from the last century and this one. Among others, a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, a Lamborghini Countach and a McLaren P1. Of the latter, manufactured by the British factory and valued at 1.35 million dollars, it is said that Leno has the first unit to set foot on American soil.
Jay Leno’s passion and influence in the motor industry is such that he even partnered with General Motors to shape a prototype that is also included in his collection. It’s called EcoJet, it’s from 2006, and it’s neither more nor less than a supercar with a turbine engine running on biodiesel fuel.
However, as spectacular and unique as the EcoJet is, we have not chosen it in this top 5 of favorites within the more than 100 luxury cars that Jay Leno has in his possession.
Lamborghini Miura P400
Some say that it is the first supercar in the world. What is clear is that it is the model that marked a turning point for the Italian firm. Leno owns one of the 764 examples that were produced of his first version, but he is also known to own another, the Miura P400 S, from 1969. Its estimated value is well over $3 million.yes
Mercedes 300SL Coupe Gull Wing
This 1955 design of the German brand is really special for its gullwing doors. We have seen Jay Leno’s (restored) copy in red on board the aforementioned Rennstransporter. Not in vain, it was originally a racing car. It is a coupé design ahead of its time, since it set the tone for later models, especially for the detail of the doors that open upwards, in the form of wings.
Jaguar E-Type Series 1
Within Leno’s extensive collection, classic sports cars have a prominent reserved space. Especially those designed by Jaguar, since it has in its possession models such as the XK-120 or the E-Type V12, among others. But above these stands out the E-Type Series 1, a vehicle from the 60s that, in addition to being a classic luxury car, is also a cult car. Pure British sophistication and elegance.
Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita
There is no shortage of contemporary jewelry in the Jay Leno collection. Among others, we have seen him show off this supercar manufactured by the Swedish brand, founded in 1994 in the Swedish city of Ängelholm. Valued at approximately $5 million, it is a rarity even in Europe, and even more so is special edition in white carbon fiber. The truth is that Leno tried it on his show in 2015, when he invited the brand’s founder, Christian von Koenigsegg, to the show, but we don’t know if he later added it to his tremendous collection. Beyond its spectacular design, it is enough that you know that it accelerates from 0 to 60 km/h in less than 3 seconds so that you get an idea of the performance of this jewel.
This jewel in the crown – never better said because it is a British car – is 100% owned by Leno. In fact, he has reiterated that it is his favorite on several occasions, and it is not for less. Car designed designed by Gordon Murray and Peter Stevens from a racing model, origin of the brand, competing in races – it won the Le Mans 24 hours in its debut, for example – only 64 street units were manufactured between 1993 and 1998, and the presenter has one of them. Its value is incalculable – a copy was auctioned for more than 20 million euros -, and its beauty is unmatched because it has incomparable details such as the driver’s position in the center of the passenger compartment.