Top 21 Cars from Jay Leno's Massive Car Collection

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Jay Leno is a car connoisseur to say the least. He's an incredible collector and respected restorer of classic vehicles. He has in his collection enough cars and motorcycles to fill three warehouses! He has proudly collected and carefully curated a combination of classics and some truly top-of-the-line new cars.

Most know Jay Leno for his comedy, but his passion for automobiles may be his preferable legacy. Leno's meticulous attention to preservation and historically accurate restoration is admirable. Anyone who meets him says his passion is sharing his collection with others, and his practiced and accessible style in front of the camera allows him a unique opportunity to educate everyone from enthusiasts to those with a casual interest in automobiles.

It was an incredibly difficult task to select only twenty-one from his massive collection, but we have managed to compile a list of our favourite cars for your eyes to behold.

Ariel Atom
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Ariel Atom

Built by TMI Autotech, based in Somerset, England. It had no roof, no windows, and a very small windshield. At one time it was the third fastest accelerating car in the world, moving from 0-60 in 2.89 seconds.

2014 McLaren P1
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2014 McLaren P1

The first hybrid supercar combines gasoline and electric power, but still obtains a combined 903 hp with 664 lb-ft of torque with 727 hp from the gas engine and 176 from the electric engine. After driving 6.3 miles, the car becomes an electric vehicle.

Jay Leno was involved in a protracted legal battle with Jon Straus, a grandson on Macy's co-founders and Titanic victims Isador and Ida Straus. The car was left in a parking garage, and the garage owner threatened to sell the car at auction owing to $22,000 in unpaid parking fees. The fees were paid, but the car was near simultaneously sold to Leno at auction.

1931 Duesenberg Model J Town Car
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1931 Duesenberg Model J Town Car

Jay Leno searched far and wide finally locating the last unrestored Duesenberg in a Manhattan garage. The car was previously owned by John Straus, a grandson of Macy's co-founders and Titanic victims Isador and Ida Straus.

McLaren F1
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McLaren F1

Jay Leno's McLaren F1 is one of only one hundred and six F1 cars made between the years 1992 and 1998. It was a streamlined, light structure that had a very different seating configuration, with three seats instead of two. The driver’s seat was in the center to provide a better view of the road. This unique vehicle was designed by the famous Formula One car designer, Gordon Murray.

1963 Chrysler Turbine Car
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1963 Chrysler Turbine Car

This car can be fueled with anything from salad oil to jet fuel. Only fifty-five units were built in Ghia of Turin, Italy and then later completed in Detroit, Michigan between 1962 and 1964.

On the Chrysler Turbine Car, Jay Leno was quoted saying: "Most were destroyed by Chrysler for tax and liability reasons, which is a shame, because to this day everyone who rides in a Turbine says, "Whoa, this feels like the future!" You turn the key and there's a big woosh and a complete absence of vibration... I think it's the most collectible American car—it was so different. Most of all, the Chrysler Turbine is a reminder that all the cool stuff used to be made in the U.S. I hope it will be again." Source

1986 Lamborghini Countach
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1986 Lamborghini Countach

The classic 1980's supercar, owned for over 20 years, was often used as Jay Leno's daily vehicle. In fact, Jay Leno proudly displays a photo of himself and the car's designer, Marcello Gandini taken at a visit to his enormous garage.

1925 Doble E-20 Steam Car
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1925 Doble E-20 Steam Car

Howard Hughes once drove this car at 132.5 mph. Built by Abner Doble, it had a disappearing top on a Murphy-bodied coach run entirely by steam.

1970 Mazda Cosmo 110S
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1970 Mazda Cosmo 110S

This grand touring coupe was powered by Mazda's 2-rotor rotary engine known as the Mazda Wankel engine, a revolutionary invention when this car was released from 1967 to 1995. A production limit of one car per day makes this vehicle a rare commodity.

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S
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1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S

Produced by Ferruccio Lamborghini, the celebrated Italian automaker between 1966 and 1973, it was an attention getting car, that helped ignite a growing interest in high performance, mid-engine, two-seater sports cars.

1966 Yenko Stinger Corvair
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1966 Yenko Stinger Corvair

This Chevrolet was built with one of two gear configurations: 3.55 and 3.89 gears with a 4-speed transmission. It was often seen in stock car racing events and it frequently was the winning car as it played the role of America's answer to the Porsche.

LLC Rocket
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LLC Rocket

A concept car designed by Gordon Murray and his company, the Light Company Rocket from 1991-1998. It is one of fifty-five cars produced with a single seat and a super lightweight body powered by a Yamaha motor, originally made for motorcycles.

1963 Jaguar XKE (E-Type) Coupe
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1963 Jaguar XKE (E-Type) Coupe

Enzo Ferrari called it the most beautiful car he'd ever seen at its 1961 debut in Geneva. Built between 1961 and 1967, it offered a top speed of 150 mph and could go from 0-60 in seven seconds. The XKE was designed by Malcolm Sayer to be aerodynamic, still its beauty came from its long front body, shortened back, and its uniquely shaped glass covered headlights.

1962 Volga GAZ-21
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1962 Volga GAZ-21

Developed in the early 1950s, it was mass produced starting in 1956 through 1970. It sported luxuries such as extensive rust proofing, reclining front seats, a lighter, a heater, 3-wave radio, and a windshield washer.

Jaguar XK120M Coupe
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Jaguar XK120M Coupe

This British manufactured two-seater was produced from 1948-1954. The sexy curved lines of this sports coupe maintained its popularity for decades.

Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic SC
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Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic SC

Jay Leno's car is a replica of Jean Bugatti's design built from 1934-1940. Only 710 were ever produced and today only two are believed to be in existence making the original car worth, by today's estimate, nearly $30 million.

1939 Lagonda V12
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1939 Lagonda V12

Also built as a drophead coupe, this Bentley 4-carburetor supercar was a replica of a Le Mans racing vehicle. In 2012, an exact version of this car was sold to a Canadian resident for 1.6 million English pounds.

1936 Cord 812 Sedan
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1936 Cord 812 Sedan

This car was built by the Lycoming Aircraft Company owned by Cord. It pioneered covered headlights, front-wheel drive, independent front suspension, and the alligator rear hinged trunk. A beautiful sedan, though it earned the reputation of being unreliable.

2001 Blastolene Special 'Crystal Tank Car'
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2001 Blastolene Special 'Crystal Tank Car'

Built with a M47 Patton tank engine, a Continental AV 1790 5B, this street-legal vehicle was built by a glass artist named Randy Grubb in Grants Pass, Oregon. It housed an engine that weighed 9,500 pounds and operated at 810 bhp, brake horsepower or the power that actually reaches the wheels. Made with a strikingly ornate aluminum body worthy of the title, "crystal tan," Jay Leno bought it for $125,000.

1930 Bentley G400
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1930 Bentley G400

This 27 Liter Bentley uses a Merlin engine used in WWII era planes. The engine is a V12 and operates with 650-700 horsepower.

1928 Bentley Speed 6
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1928 Bentley Speed 6

This English car was produced by Walter Owen Bentley during 1928 with a 6 and a half liter engine. It had a 180 hp with several different coaches built ranging from its sporty racing version to the everyday road car and the salon patrol cars used in Australia.

1970 Citroen SM
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1970 Citroen SM

This French high-performance car was designed to cruise at 100 mph. Citroen built it from 1970-1975. In 1972, this 3-door liftback won the US Motor Trend Car of the Year award.

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