50 Top Cars In Jay Leno’s Garage

The famed television host has long been associated with the coolest of cars. Throughout his 30+ years as a comedian, writer, show host, producer, and actor, Jay Leno always was associated with cool cars. He worked it into his material often, especially during his 17-year tenure as host of The Tonight Show on NBC. After that show, he started his own primetime offering called The Jay Leno Show. But finally, retirement came calling (and with all that money, why shouldn’t it). But not surprisingly, it wasn’t long until Jay Leno got back in front of a camera.

Jay Leno’s Garage is the appropriately-titled television series that is hosted by Leno as he takes you, the viewer, through his massive garage. Leno owns upwards of 275 vehicles. Some are plain as can be, others are simply outlandish. Most are a mix of antique, classic, rare, badass and sporty. All of them are awesome. Leno also contributes monthly to Popular Mechanics, a leading automotive magazine, about restoration, mechanical, or general vehicle tips. Or he’ll write about a very niche market that is unknown to most readers – like about his steam cars. Of which he has two.

The man is a legend on screen, and behind the wheel. Given that Leno now spends most of his time elbow-deep in engine grease, it’s safe to assume he’s loving life he’s set up for himself. All those cars, who wouldn’t be!? But even with all of the rides, we had to narrow it down. So we did. Here are our favorite 50 cars in the garage of Jay Leno.

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1981 DeLorean DMC-12 – Yep, this is the original DeLorean from Back to the Future. Interestingly enough, movie execs scrapped the Ford Mustang in favor the 1981 DeLorean, even though they were offered a sizable check.

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1928 Bugatti Type 37A

1928 Bugatti Type 37A – Don’t let the age of this classic fool you.  This almost 100-year-old vehicle can easily do 100 mph on the San Fernando Valley highway. Maybe it has something to do with the flywheel to gearbox driveshaft that will chew up your shoe if left to its own devices.

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1950 Nash Ambassador

1950 Nash Ambassador – The coolest thing about this car is it’s all original and unrestored. It features classic select-o-matic start, ultramatic transmission and weather eye (a revolutionary AC system).

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1993 LCC Rocket

1993 LCC Rocket – If you look close in L.A. traffic, you might spot the 1993 LC Rocket. This is one of the few cars Jay Leno actually takes out on the open road.  It only weighs 850 pounds and is powered by a 1000cc Yamaha engine at either 143 or 165 horsepower.

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1971 Mercedes Benz 280SE –  This one-owner beauty came to Jay’s garage via Las Vegas. The 3.5-liter coupe has 82,000 original miles, bad rubber seals, woodwork and a cracked windshield before Jay completely restored it!

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1941 Plymouth Special Deluxe Business Coupe

1941 Plymouth Special Deluxe Business Coupe – Though it’s touted as original and unrestored, there have been a few paint touch ups and tire changes. However, this car comes from when power steering and brakes did not exist. It took pure muscle to drive these beasts.

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1931 Shotwell

1931 Shotwell – You are looking at a three-wheeled vehicle invented by a 17-year-old and it can chew up the road! Bob Shotwell built the entire car in his garage and its powered by a 4 cylinder cool air Indian motorcycle engine. Since the acquisition, Jay added an electric starter and fuel pump, and updated the cooling system so the vehicle can cruise around at 60mph!

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1963 Ford Falcon Sprint

1963 Ford Falcon Sprint – Tuck a 260 cubic inch v8 engine in a small car and you are left with Leno’s 1963 Falcon Sprint. Leno also worked at a Ford dealership for a while as a teenager, where he developed an affinity for the Falcon.

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1964 Honda S600

1964 Honda S600 – If you are looking for a small engine with a motorcycle-inspired engine and drive chain model, the 1964 Honda S600 is the answer. During the 1960s it was thought to be out of place on the highway among all of the muscle cars cruising around.

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1967 Miura P400

1967 Miura P400 – Do you know who owned this Italian sports car before Jay Leno? If you guessed Dean Martin you would be correct! This was the first vehicle given the name “supercar” which resulted in Ferrari stepping up its game.

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1969 Lotus Elan

1969 Lotus Elan – Taken from a mechanically ugly, inside horrific state to its current pristine condition took 18 months. Jay is quoted during the project (2013-2014) as saying they wanted to create the ultimate Lotus.

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1972 Mercedes 600 Kompressor

1972 Mercedes 600 Kompressor – Known as the grandfather of the S Class, these things are a beast to maintain. The reason is just about everything in the vehicle operates off of a hydraulic-based system, even the windows.

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1913 Mercer Raceabout

1913 Mercer Raceabout – Don’t let the tractor like disguise of this car fool you. It’s little 4.8 liters 4 cylinder engine could still clock 100 mph on the open road. As such, it was a popular pre World War I sports car.

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1952 MG TD Hot Rod

1952 MG TD Hot Rod – Here is a best in disguise for sure if you know how to read the cues. The rear tires of this 1952 MG are HUGE! It probably has something to do with the upgrade from stock 48 horsepower to 340 horsepower. WOW!

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2012 Tata Nano

2012 Tata Nano – What is known as the world’s cheapest car (~$3,400) now has a home in Jay Leno’s garage. The little 624cc powered car produces a whopping 38 horsepower. Yet, Jay’s version  is considered to be top of the line with items like alloy wheels.

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Jet-Mobile! – Who can tell us what this is?

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The Panthermobile was featured on “Jay Leno’s Garage.” Custom car builder Ed Newton designed the vehicle for the title sequence of the animated TV series “The Pink Panther” in 1969. It cost around $100,000 to build and used an Oldsmobile Toronado chassis.

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1906 Stanley Steamer Vanderbuilt Cup Racer

1906 Stanley Steamer Vanderbilt Cup Racer – It’s no secret Jay loves steam-powered vehicles. After a complete failure in 2007, the Steamer was rebuilt and came back better than ever with several mods for improvement.

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1918 Pierce Arrow Model 66

1918 Pierce Arrow Model 66 – This was the last example to come rolling off the production line in 1916 and features a 14 liter inline v-6. Leno’s Pierce, like so many of his vehicles, remains unrestored.

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1911 Packard Model 18

1911 Packard Model 18 – The difference between Jay’s 1911 Packard Model 18 and a 1932 Packard Bell involves one thing, human production. His 1911 is a pre-assembly line production, a time when cars needed human hands to produce them.

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1959 Oldsmobile Super 88

1959 Oldsmobile Super 88 – Big, loud and monstrous, the Olds 88 has a 315 horsepower 314 cubic inch v-8 engine that lets out a roar going down the street. The extra large trunk and stylized tail lights make this Leno classic the king of the garage!

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2011 Morgan

2011 Morgan – Form 1910-1952, the three-wheeled Morgan was quite popular. However, after being production silent for half a century, they came back to life (this is a 2011 model). The 2011 Morgan is one of the more valuable cars in Jay Leno’s garage you didn’t know about.

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1932 Morgan

1932 Morgan – Here we see Jay in one of the original three-wheeled Morgan bikes. The Morgan engine is water cooled, using a thermosiphon instead of a fan. If that sounds familiar its because the Model T ford uses the same type of cooling system.

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1969 Miura S

1969 Miura S – This 1969 Lamborghini Miura S isn’t just your average everyday Italian supercar. It is thought to be one of the most beautiful designs ever created by the Bertone Design House. It features a 4-liter v8 engine pushing out 370-375 horsepower.

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1963 Jaguar E-Type

1963 Jaguar E-Type – This is perhaps one of Britain’s most iconic sports cars. However, Leno’s car is a bit lighter since the body panels have been replaced with aluminum. The total restoration took 3,000 hours.

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1915 Hispano-Suiza

1915 Hispano-Suiza – So you want a pre-war car with an aircraft engine you say? Leno’s 1915 Hispano-Suiza answers in an eclectic manner with its gearbox taken from a 1919 bus and the inclusion of a 18.6-liter engine that generates 300 horsepower!

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1958 Imperial Convertible

1958 Imperial Convertible – This car is one massive vehicle (one of the largest you could purchase in 1958). The Imperial was known for its decidedly bold look and the gigantic 392 Hemi under the hood, making the vehicle weigh around 5,600 pounds!

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1989 Bentley Turbo R

1989 Bentley Turbo R originally debuted at the Geneva Auto Show in 1985 before making it across the pond to the states in 1988. It was a four-door sedan with a top speed of 145mph coming from its 6.75-liter beastly v-8 engine.

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1966 Lincoln Continental

1966 Lincoln Continental – Leno loves this car because it is all original and only has a few scrapes and dings that keep it from reaching immaculate status. One of only 21,347 convertibles ever made, it is a true show stopper.

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2012 McLaren MP4-12C

2012 McLaren MP4-12C – When Jay first got the McLaren, he went nuts, and for good reason. When they built one for him he was invited across the pond for a test drive around the track and fell in love. The car has a “normal” mode driving in towns.

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2010 Mercedes SLR McLaren

2010 Mercedes SLR McLaren – Jay happens to be the first owner of this particular model McLaren SLR. It also happens to be the fastest sports car he has ever driven (beating out the Porsche model by 3-4 miles per hour).

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1962 Maserati 3500 GTi

1962 Maserati 3500 GTi – While searching for an Aston Martin DB5, Leno came across this Maserati in a storage locker. He purchased it for $25,000 with the odometer showing almost 100,000 miles, but surprisingly the v-6 was in good condition.

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1950 Mercedes Transporter

1950 Mercedes Transporter – This vehicle takes cab forward to a whole new level. However, could you imagine going 106 mph behind the wheel? It was a purposeful move by the Mercedes race team who used the truck to transport race vehicles back to headquarters for tune-ups between races.

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427 Shelby Cobra

427 Shelby Cobra –  This car is an obvious favorite of his and the crowds that flock to street lights for him to sign autographs until the light turns green. However, it is perhaps best to know for its race match up a couple of years ago with an all-electric Tesla!

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2017 Acura NSX

2017 Acura NSX – This is one of the few hybrid supercars to join Jay’s garage. The hybrid engine pumps out an impressive 573 horsepower. It also features a hybrid all-wheel-drive system which is very similar to the Porsche 918 Spyder.

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1975 Plymouth Duster Hemi

1975 Plymouth Duster Hemi – With 1,000 horses under the hood, this car is a sight to behold. The original 426 v-8 was stuffed into the body of Duster. It was the creation of Paul Annunziata after he won $10,000 from a first-time lottery play.

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2015 BAC Mono

2015 BAC Mono – What do you do when you want a Formula-style race car added to your collection? Snag the 2015 BAC MONO and tear up the road. Made for pure driving enjoyment, it includes one seat, pushrod suspension, a carbon chassis, and 280 horsepower!

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1963 Corvette Split-Window Coupe Fuelie

1963 Corvette Split-Window Coupe Fuelie – The signature iconic split window is a dead giveaway to the identity of Jay’s 1963 Corvette Coup Fuelie. However, a true Corvette enthusiast will also know the hood, wheel covers, mirrors, and screws are also 1963 only items.

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2017 Ford GT

2017 Ford GT – Since it debuted at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Jay wanted this car. However, he had to go through the intensive application process just like everyone else despite his longtime connections to Ford.

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1910 White Steam Car Model

1910 White Steam Car Model – Jay bought this beauty from an individual who had it since 1960. A lot of the parts needed attention because in order for steam cars to work properly there must be no leaks.

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1966 Oldsmobile Toronado

1966 Oldsmobile Toronado – Combine a 7 liter overhead valve 8 cylinder engine for 385 horsepower and 135 mph of pure speed to get the ’66 Oldsmobile Toronado. Jay customized his replacing front bench seating with bucket seats to make room for the chassis torque driveline tunnel.

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2017 Audi R8 Spyder

2017 Audi R8 Spyder – This particular Audi is unique for a couple of reasons. Production skipped form 2015 to 2017 where the Spyder was brought back with a large v-10 engine. Also, the Spyder only comes with an automatic transmission.

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1909 Stanley Steamer

1909 Stanley Steamer is by far one of Jay’s rarest vehicles. A closer look reveals the car is entirely made of wood (except for the metal hood). The vehicle works very similar to your home’s hot water heater and takes about 20 minutes to get it up and moving.

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1986 Lamborghini Countach

1969 Lamborghini Espada – At one point this 1969 Lamborghini Espada was his only car. It now has somewhere north of 100k miles on it.

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Blastolene Special

Blastolene Special is one of the more famous conversions by auto enthusiast Randy Grubb. You wouldn’t know it, but the car had a former life as an M47 Patton Tank! As such, it has a 190-inch wheelbase and weighs a healthy 8,500 pounds (4 1/2 tons, yikes!).

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1963 Chrysler Turbine

1963 Chrysler Turbine – This car was featured at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. The turbine on the back made a nice noise, but ultimately drivers were turned off because the car used hard to find diesel instead of leaded gas because it would erode the turbine fins.

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2014 McLaren P1

2014 McLaren P1- Jay was the first person to score this car in the United States at least. This particular McLaren features hybrid drive technology and has an electronic speed governor… at 217 mph.

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1955 Mercedes 300SL

1955 Mercedes 300SL – This was a forward-thinking vehicle with fully independent suspension, a tubular frame, fuel injection, and gullwing doors. Jay’s crew tuned up the engine and left the interior and exterior alone.

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2006 GM EcoJet

2006 GM EcoJet made an appearance at the 2006 SEMA Auto Show in Las Vegas as a concept car powered by a jet turbine engine, fed by biodiesel. The turbine powered car runs an impressive 150 mph.

1994 McLaren F1

1994 McLaren F1 – What is your 1994 vehicle worth, if you had to guess? Well, Jay’s McLaren F1 is reportedly worth a cool $12 million. He says that while he doesn’t have a favorite car, this is the first one he would try to save in a disaster.

1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II

1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II has 1,000 horsepower. Seems like the Merlin v-12 engine really might be magical after all. Oh yeah, and don’t forget the 1,806 pounds of torque produced by that beast. Amazing.

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