Jay Leno is one of the most famous and popular gearheads in the world. The former Tonight Show host is world-renowned for his passion for cars and is the proud owner of the Big Dog Garage in California, which currently houses his car collection that is estimated to be worth more than $150 million.
Updated October 2021: If you're a fan of Jay Leno, arguably the world's most famous gearhead, you'll be happy to know that we've updated this article with even more expensive rides that can be found in his garage, as well as more info about the cars that were already on the list.
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Leno’s love for cars has also become a very lucrative career opportunity, as the celebrity is now hosting his very own car show, titled Jay Leno’s Garage. In August last year, we reported on some of the craziest cars that were featured on Jay's new show. Now, we are going to take a quick look at some of the most expensive models in Leno’s car collection.
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11 2017 Ford GT - $1+ Million
The 2017 Ford GT had a base sticker price of $450,000, so some might wonder why on earth it's valued at roughly one million dollars. Well, it has to do with supply and demand, and only a select few gets to buy a brand new Ford GT.
The Ford GT is unlike any other Ford. Punching out 650 hp from a mid-mounted, turbocharged, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 unit, this blue oval car is closer to Italian exotics than your average Ford grocery-getter.
10 1963 Chrysler Turbine - $1+ Million
Jay Leno is currently the owner of a Chrysler’s turbine-powered coupe, which has quite an interesting backstory. Back in 1962, the American automaker produced just 50 units of the Chrysler turbine, which were used for testing.
During its protection run, only 55 examples of the turbine car were ever produced. Of which, only 9 models currently survive, and recently one such example was listed for sale. It was estimated that the car’s value is well above $1 million. In its stock tune, the turbine car produces 130 hp and 425 lb-ft of torque.
9 2014 McLaren P1 - $1.35 Million
It has been said that McLaren P1 offers one of the rawest and savage driving experiences of any modern hypercar in the world. Recently, the latest version of the British offering challenged a Lamborghini Huracán Performante Spyder for a drag race which resulted in an exciting spectacle.
Jay Leno has a longstanding association with McLaren and managed to procure the first-ever P1 that hit US shores. The car sports a yellow paint job and is capable of achieving a top speed of 217 mph (electronically limited).
8 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Coupe - $1.8 Million
The Mercedes SL300 Gullwing was a car ahead of its time when it was introduced almost half a century ago. The Tri-Star brand is responsible for making some of the most exorbitantly priced offerings in the world, and so it is reasonable to assume that Jay Leno’s immaculately restored 300SL Gullwing will fetch a fair chunk of change at any respectable auction around the world.
Leno is the 3rd owner of his 300SL Gullwing, which is a former race car, and after Leno’s team rebuilt the 3-liter 6-cylinder engine, the power plant churned out 180 hp at the wheels.
7 1939 Lagonda V12 - $2.56 Million
British luxury marquee, Lagonda might soon introduce a futuristic high-riding model. Back in 1939, however, Lagonda was known for building some of the sportiest models the world had ever seen. The company was responsible for building breathtaking reproductions of Aston Martin models.
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Many Lagonda models were penned by former Rolls-Royce designers and finding an original Lagonda V12 is almost impossible today. This is probably the reason why Jay Leno ordered himself a custom-built replica of the iconic roadster, which flaunts a vibrant red paint job.
6 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 - $3.5 Million
The Lamborghini Miura is regarded as the genesis of the modern-day hypercar. The car was first introduced in 1966, and only 764 examples of the gorgeous Italian thoroughbred were put into production.
Understandably, prices of Raging Bull brand’s classic sports car have skyrocketed in recent years, and many examples have been tucked away behind the doors of world-renowned museums. Jay Leno’s Garage is also a haven for rare automobiles. Leno owns a beautiful 1967 Miura P400, which features Lamborghini's 3.9-liter V12 motor.
5 1928 Bentley Speed 6 - $3 To $4 Million
Over the years, this British luxury manufacturer has produced some exciting models. Before Bentley became synonymous with opulence, the automaker produced some of the most well-crafted and sporty offerings in the world. One such racing model was the 1928 Bentley Speed 6.
The nameplate only remained in production for 4 years between 1926 and 1930. Bentley only built 544 examples of the Speed 6, which was based on the company’s rolling chassis. Bentley Speed 6 even dominated the grueling 24 hours of Le Mans championship in 1929 and 1930.
4 Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita - $4.8 Million
The Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita is an engineering masterpiece. The car features carbon fiber bodywork which was specially designed in a silver-white color scheme. The car offers impressive performance and can accelerate from a complete standstill to 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds.
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The company also claims that it will only take CCXR Trevita 8.75 seconds to hit 125 mph. One of the most technologically advanced models in Jay Leno’s collection, Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita can achieve a top speed of 254+ mph.
3 McLaren F1- $12 Million
The McLaren F1 is probably one of the most iconic supercars of the 20th century. The brainchild of legendary car designer Gordon Murray still lives on as the foundation of the T50 supercar. In its heyday, McLaren F1 also managed to set a Guinness World Record for the fastest production car in the world by achieving a speed of 240.1 mph.
McLaren F1’s production run lasted only 6 years between 1992 and 1998, and only 106 examples were ever put into production. This makes Leno’s F1 one of the most expensive models of his collection.
2 1934 Duesenberg Walker Coup - $20 Million
Jay Leno is a showman, and the Hollywood personality never misses a chance to show off some of the rarest and expensive rides in his collection. Jay recently offered a walk-around of his Duesenberg Walker Coupe, which is the only aerodynamic version of the nameplate in existence.
It is estimated that the car, which was originally sold for just $25,000 back in 1934, today costs almost $20 million. The car is powered by an enormous inline 8-cylinder motor with downdraft carburetors, which produces 265 hp.
1 2006 EcoJet – Priceless
Leno’s EcoJet is a one-off supercar that can be best described as a technological showcase. Leno developed EcoJet in collaboration with General Motors, and the car was showcased at the 2006 SEMA show in Las Vegas.
Understandably the eco jet stole the spotlight not just because of its striking design but also because of its sustainably powered drivetrain. The car was propelled by a 650 hp Honeywell Lt-101 turbine engine, which runs on biodiesel. The car was built on a modified Z06 aluminum frame, which features magnesium components.