Jay Leno is much more than the former host of the Tonight Show, he is a tormented figure, a racing car driver stuck in the body of a comic genius, Leno has enough rare and unique cars to fill a warehouse- literally. Leno has recently started his the web series, “Jay Leno’s Garage”, where he takes car enthusiasts on a mouth-watering tour of some of his most exotic cars.
For those who haven’t yet seen Leno’s web series, it is well worth watching for anyone interested in seeing what happens when someone with a car obsession comes into wealth. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite cars that appear in Jay Leno’s garage.
One of the Most desirable and collectable supercars in the world- the McLaren F1. The F1 held the fabled supercar crown of highest top speed for more than two decades with its scarcely believable top speed of 390km/h.
McLaren’s Modern day hypercar, the P1, is a hybrid that utilizes both electric and petrol powered motors to propel it to 100km/h in just 2.8sec. The P1 has been praised as the supercar of the future, it stands alongside the Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 as a gateway into the next generation.
The Legendary Lamborghini Countach was admired equally for its show stopping looks and ballistic performance. When it was released in 1974, The Countach redefined what it means to be a supercar- left its rivals scrambling to catch up.
Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
The iconic Mercedes 300SL Gullwing is one of the most legendary and awe inspiring cars in history. With recent examples selling for more than $5 million USD at auction, The Gullwing remains the most desirable and collectable Mercedes ever made.
The modern day legend, the Bugatti Veyron is the fastest production car ever built. When Volkswagen revived Bugatti in the early 2000’s it set about creating an automotive icon. Despite the fact that Bugatti loses money on each model they sell, the Veyron has successfully revived the languishing brand and catapulted it to the top of the supercar ranks.
Porsche Carrera GT
With just 1500 examples made, The Carrera GT, was Porsche’s response to the Ferrari Enzo. Powered by a V10- that pushes a healthy 450kW to the rear wheels and paired with a six-speed manual only option, The Porsche Carrera GT was a driver focused hyper car that showed Porsche was capable of more than just a fast 911.
When the E-Type was revealed at the 1961 Geneva motor show it sent automotive makers into a frenzy. The impossibly handsome E-Type redefined the modern sports car and created a legendary silhouette that became one of the most recognizable sports cars of all time.
Fifty years after the Muira was revealed to the world, the iconic Lamborghini remains the definitive ‘supercar’. The Muira’s mid-mounted 3.9L V12 created a line in the sand between a mere sports car and a supercar. Clean examples of the Muira are selling north of $2million USD, however, this figure continues to rise as the lucky owners become increasingly reluctant to let go of them.
Despite his extensive garage, Jay Leno still doesn’t consider himself to be a collector, rather someone who holds onto cars that he likes. In 2016 the number of cars in his collection exceeded 130- that is, of course, before you start looking at his extensive motorbike collection.
Article by Liam Ridings Copywriter