A look into Jay Leno's automotive passion

July 14, 2014 12:00 AM

Jay Leno certainly has a passion for cars, which is reflected in his large and eclectic collection. Valued at around $50 million, according to celebritynetworth.com, the collection of cars is housed in Burbank, California. Unlike other collectors, Leno doe not focus on make or model, but rather focuses on cars that he wants to drive.

"Jay doesn't buy for the investment," David Gooding, president and founder of Gooding & Co., a high-end auction house in Santa Monica, told the Los Angeles Times. "His buying is completely out of passion and love."

Leno's collection contains a wide variety of cars. One his favorites is a 903-horsepower, $1.2 million McLaren P1 supercar. Its yellow color and distinct design are sure to draw stares as it cruises down the road. He also owns a 1906 Stanley Steamer Cup Racer, which, he told the L.A. Times is the oldest car to ever be pulled over on route 405 for speeding. The steam produced by the car's boiler draws a lot of attention.

Leno's garage also holds a 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8, a 1957 Buick Roadmaster convertible, a 1955 Packard Caribbean and Bentleys from the '20s and '30s.

To help spread his love for car restoration and antique vehicle maintenance, Leno helps sponsor a $20,000 scholarship awarded to one lucky student studying automotive restoration at McPherson College in Kansas. McPherson is the only college to offer a four-year auto restoration program.

A man named Richard Morchesk recently won the scholarship and, after graduating, hopes to work on antique cars similar to those in Leno's collection. He met Leno accidentally at a car show in California.

"It was kind of a dream come true, because for any car guy, Jay Leno is kind of the ultimate of car guys," Morchesky told a reporter from Trib Total Media.

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