Check Out the Classics at Jay Leno’s Garage
The late night favorite, Jay Leno, has one of the most famous classic car collections in the world. He has long been known for appreciating fine automobiles and he is always on the hunt for a unique car or motorcycle to add to his collection. His appreciation for cars extends to writing about them in Popular Mechanics and The Sunday Times. Because his collection covers so many decades, he even invited the team that designed the L.A. Noire video game in to use his cars as models.
Jay Leno’s garage has nearly 200 cars and motorcycles. It is easy to see his collection on his website JayLenosGarage.com, where he often writes blog posts and articles. While many of his cars are restored with authentic, vintage parts, Leno appreciates the idea of restoring cars with modern parts. He calls this type of restoration “restomodding” and he tends to restomod cars that could benefit from more horsepower. In Leno’s eyes, there is nothing wrong with adding updated parts where they cannot be seen, simply because it keeps the cars looking good and running even better.
One of the cars that Leno restomodded was a Ford Fairlane, he loaded this car with a 511-cubic inch engine, adding some serious power under the hood. Another car that he restomodded was his 1956 Chevy Nomad by putting 572 big block Chevrolet engine under the hood. The story about the Chevy Nomad is that Leno actually stole the car from a friend’s yard. Leno then restored the rusted light blue and white Nomad into a piece of art in burgundy and white. The Chevy Nomad has visited several car shows and the restoration process was featured on the show Overhaulin’.
A few other notable cars in Leno’s collection include a pair of cars that run on steam called Dobles. One of his favorites is a fuel sipping 1937 Fiat Topolino that can reportedly go 40 miles per gallon. Another favorite is his 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado that was restomodded to have an engine with 1,000 horsepower and a rear-wheel drivetrain to make the car even more spirited. The car he drives daily is another favorite, his 1986 Lamborghini Countach, which was every teen boy’s dream car in the 1980s.