Jay Leno is a beloved American comedian and former late-night show host. He's a very well known person, and basically, everyone knows about his love for cars (if you don't, go check out Jay Leno's Garage!). But what most people don't know, is that he has one of the most impressive car collections in the world, with more than 183 cars acquired throughout many years.
In Jay's collection, there are some really exotic cars, such as the McLaren F1, Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic SC, or the Cadillac EcoJet concept car. He even has entire sections of his garages dedicated to certain brands or models.
Although in his collection there are many exclusive classics, not every car is expensive, he has some ''common'' cars such as the Ford F150, or the Chevy Volt.
What we can agree for sure, is that he has a lot of money in cars, and now we are going to take a look at 15 cars in Jay's collection, and how much they're worth today.
15. McLaren F1 - $22 Million
This beautiful car designed by Gordon Murray was made out of expensive lightweight materials such as carbon fiber, titanium, and kevlar (it weighs less than a Miata!). Equipped with a 6.1 L engine that delivered 618 hp, the F1 is considered one of the best supercars ever built. McLaren produced only 106 examples, but now there are only 64 left, making it a highly collectible car.
14. 1986 Lamborghini Countach - $500,000
Lamborghini sold the Countach from 1974 to 1990. Designed by Marcelo Gandini, this car had a particular styling that defined the scene for car designs in the '80s. Jay Leno owns the LP5000 Quattrovalvole version that has an engine of 5.2 liters delivering 414 hp. The original model had a wing on it, but Jay removed it since he didn't like it.
13. Mercedes-Benz Mclaren SLR - $250,000
This Mercedes-Mclaren designed by the legendary Gordon Murray (same designer as the F1) was sold from 2003 to 2010 for around $500,000 and has depreciated a lot since then. However, prices are going up since this car is becoming rarer. Jay Leno has been a big fan of Mercedes, he even worked at a Mercedes dealership while he was young.
12. Ford GT - $1-$1.5 Million
The Ford GT has a V6 3.5 EcoBoost that delivers 700 hp, and it had an original sticker price of around 500,000 dollars but is now worth about $1.5 million. There are only 1,000 units of this car. Not everyone was able to buy the new GT, only a handful of people were allowed by Ford to buy them.
11. Lamborghini Miura - $1 Million
This Italian supercar was built between 1966 and 1972, it came with a 3.9L V12, and is known as one of the most beautiful cars ever built. Jay owns 2 Miuras, a 1967 in yellow, and a 1969 in orange. The Miura had a sticker price of $20,000 when new, about $157,600 in today's money.
10. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - $200,000
The second generation of the Chevy Corvette (C2) is one of the most iconic American sports cars of all time. With its split back window and its 360hp V8, it comes at no surprise that the C2 is in Jay's collection since he even has a ''Corvette'' section on his garage.
9. 1971 Citroen Ds - $50,000
This weird looking French car is one of Jay's favorites; he said that the DS is ''the most comfortable car ever made'' because of its independent suspension on all wheels as well as a hydraulic system that complimented this. This French icon was never sold in the United States.
8. 1970 Mazda Cosmo - $80,000
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The Cosmo was exclusive for the Japanese market; this unit was imported to America by a Japanese military pilot; this is why it's a right-hand drive. This small coupe came with a rotary engine that produced 128 hp and cost 4,390 dollars (around 30,000 in today's money), today fine examples like Jay's, can be found for about 80,000 dollars.
7. 1954 Jaguar XK120M Coupe - $150,000
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Built from 1948 to 1954, this British hand-built coupe was the fastest car of the time, reaching 120 mph; (that's how it got the name XK-120). It came with a 3.4L that delivered 180hp. Jay also owns a white roadster, but has a swapped engine, while the coupe is entirely original.
6. Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic SC - $5 Million
Bugatti built only 710 Type 57sc Atlantic from 1936 to 1938, now, more than 80 years later, this Bugatti has become one of the most valuable cars in the world.Rob Walton bought one of these in 2010 for 40 million dollars. Jay's Type 57sc is a replica, mounted on an original chassis. However, it's still super expensive.
5. Citroen SM Series - $60,000
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The Citroen SM was a high-performance coupe that had a somewhat quirky styling, as well as a pack of many features that were way ahead of its time. The SM was known for combining comfort with sharp handling, a thing that was not available in any other car at the time.
4. 1930 Bentley 27 Litre - $750,000
This 19-foot long classic car has been fitted with a 27-liter Merlin V-12 aircraft engine manufactured by Rolls Royce Aviation (the same engine used in the Spitfire aircraft), created by engineer Bob Petersen, who spent three years building this incredible beast. The 27 liter was featured on the famous show Top Gear.
3. 1991 GMC Syclone - $40,000
This GMC is not your average pick up truck, this high-performance version of the GMC Sonoma was powered by a 4.3L that delivers 280hp. When new, it was faster than most sports cars from the time, in 0-60 it was fastest than a Ferrari Testarossa.
2. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe - $2 Million
The Mercedes Benz 300 SL was build between 1954 and 1957, and it had a sticker price of 6,820 dollars when new, which translates into 62,782 of today's money. In 1999 it was voted by a panel of experts as ''the sports car of the century''. Many famous people own/owned a 300SL, such as Ralph Lauren, Justin Trudeau, Pablo Picasso, Frank Lloyd Wright, and many others.
1. Chrysler Turbine - $450,000
Chrysler produced 50 Turbine cars as part of an experimental program to test this new kind of engine, engine similar to those of a jet, the benefits were that it needed less maintenance (the engine had 80 percent fewer parts than a conventional car engine) and, it could also run on different types of fuels. After the program was over, Chrysler destroyed all Turbine cars but nine.