Famous comedian and talk show host Jay Leno collects an impressive number of historic vehicles. Here’s what it’s worth.
Jay Leno has over 180 cars and 160 motorbikes in his possession. The collection also features a variety of vehicles from different time periods. Modern cars, vintage bikes, pre-war vehicles, and even cars powered by turbine and steam are all included in his collection. The most important part is that each vehicle has a story that’s bigger than the metal it is created with.
So, how much is this collection worth? Celebrity Net Worth estimates its worth to be over $100 million. This is an estimate, due to the “one-of-a-kind” nature of a few of his vehicles. It is also important to note that Leno updates his collection all the time. However, he rarely sells this cars. He will only ever donate a car to charity. This has happened 10 or 15 times.
Leno has specific things he is looking for when he is on the hunt to collect new cars. He spoke to Money.com about these qualifications.
“It should be of technical and historical significance,” he says. “It should be fun to drive. And it should be attractive to look at. If an automobile has those three qualifications, then it’s probably something that would be considered collectible.”
Jay Leno’s Garage on CNBC
The comedian turned his passion for cars into a hit NBC series. “Jay Leno’s Garage” began as a YouTube channel show. To this day, Jay Leno shows off his beautiful collection of vehicles to his fans online. He even takes most of them for a spin!
Leno began his YouTube channel 9 years ago, with his first video showing off his 1937 Rolls-Royce Boat Tail Speedsters. His videos quickly gained traction, gaining over 3 million subscribers. It caught the attention of CNBC, who decided to broadcast the show on its network. It has been running on television for six seasons now.
Fans enjoy watching Leno’s personal connection to his collection. Shows like “American Pickers” may tell the story behind a given vehicle, but they don’t drive them or perform stunts all the time. This closeness comes from parts of his childhood growing up. It is a passion the comedian has fostered since he was a young boy.
“I grew up in Andover, Massachusetts, which was a pretty rural area when I was a kid,” Jay Leno said. “There were always broken tractors, lawn mowers, vehicles you had to fix. I remember somebody had abandoned an old Renault in a field when we were about 11 or 12. We would drive it around the backyard. Your mom would kind of watch through the window.”