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Who has the best car collection?...Jay Leno?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BAILEIGH INC, Mar 4, 2010.

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    We have a car nut who works here at Baileigh. (Josh) We are discussing who has the biggest car collection. He thinks Jay Leno might. I told him I would ask the HAMB crowd if it was true. Here is what I found online.

    1. 1941 American LaFrance triple combination Series 600 pumper V-12 (Firetruck)<SUP class=reference id=_ref-go-star_0>[2]</SUP>
    2. 2006 Ariel Atom<SUP class=reference id=_ref-0>[3]</SUP>
    3. 1916 Auto Car <SUP class=reference id=_ref-msn_0>[4]</SUP>
    4. 1909 Baker Electric (See Baker_Motor_Vehicle) <SUP class=reference id=_ref-roadfly_0>[5]</SUP>
    5. 1931 Bentley 8-Litre
    6. 1926 Bentley roadster (twin-turbocharged eight-liter Bentley engine) <SUP class=reference id=_ref-forbes_0>[6]</SUP>
    7. 1931 Bentley sedan <SUP class=reference id=_ref-fabricator_1>[1]</SUP>
    8. 19xx Bentley Speed Six <SUP class=reference id=_ref-forbes_1>[6]</SUP>
    9. 19xx Bentley Turbo R
    10. xxxx Blastolene Special
    11. 19xx Bugatti
    12. 1937 Bugatti Atlantique
    13. 2006 Bugatti Veyron<SUP class=reference id=_ref-1>[7]</SUP>
    14. 19xx replica Bugatti Type 37A <SUP class=reference id=_ref-forbes_2>[6]</SUP>
    15. 19xx replica Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic <SUP class=reference id=_ref-forbes_3>[6]</SUP>
    16. 1955 Buick Roadmaster (originally restored) <SUP class=reference id=_ref-2>[8]</SUP> <SUP class=reference id=_ref-3>[9]</SUP>
    17. 2006 R-Cars Chrysler Crossfire I-Cell <SUP class=reference id=_ref-automobile_0>[10]</SUP>
    18. 1956 Chrysler Imperial <SUP class=reference id=_ref-bankrate_0>[11]</SUP>
    19. 2005 Chevrolet Corvette C6<SUP class=reference id=_ref-4>[12]</SUP>
    20. 200x C5 Corvette Z06 <SUP class=reference id=_ref-roadfly_1>[5]</SUP>
    21. 1965 Chevrolet Nomad<SUP class=reference id=_ref-5>[13]</SUP>
    22. 197X Citroen SM <SUP class=reference id=_ref-6>[14]</SUP>
    23. 1916 Crane Simplex Model 5 Holbrook Skiff <SUP class=reference id=_ref-detnews_0>[15]</SUP>
    24. 19xx Delahaye<SUP class=reference id=_ref-discovery_0>[16]</SUP>
    25. 1981 DeLorean DMC-12
    26. 1966 Dodge Coronet Hemi <SUP class=reference id=_ref-bankrate_1>[11]</SUP>
    27. 1992 Dodge Viper
    28. 1996 Dodge Viper <SUP class=reference id=_ref-7>[17]</SUP>
    29. 1993 Dodge Viper RT10 (first production Viper in black) <SUP class=reference id=_ref-8>[18]</SUP>
    30. 1925 Doble steamer<SUP class=reference id=_ref-fabricator_2>[1]</SUP>
    31. 1927 Duesenberg Model X
    32. 1930 Duesenberg SJ
    33. 1932 Duesenberg SJ (Murphy-bodied) <SUP class=reference id=_ref-9>[19]</SUP>
    34. 19xx Duesenberg SJ
    35. 19xx Duesenberg SJ
    36. 1937 Fiat Topolino<SUP class=reference id=_ref-fabricator_3>[1]</SUP>
    37. 1966 427 Ford AC Cobra <SUP class=reference id=_ref-roadfly_2>[5]</SUP>
    38. 19xx Ford Festiva (Ford Taurus SHO motor and a nitrous setup. Also know as a SHOgun.)
    39. 1966 Ford Galaxie <SUP class=reference id=_ref-10>[20]</SUP>
    40. 2005 Ford GT<SUP class=reference id=_ref-fabricator_4>[1]</SUP><SUP class=reference id=_ref-11>[21]</SUP>
    41. 1966 Ford GT40 (number 1 serial number) <SUP class=reference id=_ref-12>[22]</SUP>
    42. 1915 shovel-nosed Franklin (California-built body by Harley Earl)<SUP class=reference id=_ref-forbes_4>[6]</SUP>
    43. 1991 GMC Syclone - bought to avoid a $25 delivery charge on Christmas decorations, it cost him $36,000. It is now what Leno calls his "Valet Truck"<SUP class=reference id=_ref-Londontimes_0>[23]</SUP>
    44. 1915 Hispano-Suiza <SUP class=reference id=_ref-discovery_1>[16]</SUP>
    45. 19xx Honda Insight
    46. 1950s Hudson Hornet<SUP class=reference id=_ref-fabricator_5>[1]</SUP>
    47. 19xx Jaguar XK120 <SUP class=reference id=_ref-fabricator_6>[1]</SUP><SUP class=reference id=_ref-13>[24]</SUP>
    48. 1939 Lagonda V12<SUP class=reference id=_ref-forbes_5>[6]</SUP>
    49. 1987 Lamborghini Countach
    50. 19xx Lamborghini Diablo <SUP class=reference id=_ref-14>[25]</SUP>
    51. 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 <SUP class=reference id=_ref-15>[26]</SUP>
    52. 1998 Light Car Company Rocket<SUP class=reference id=_ref-lcc_0>[27]</SUP>
    53. 2004 Maybach 57 <SUP class=reference id=_ref-16>[28]</SUP>
    54. 1970 Mazda Cosmo <SUP class=reference id=_ref-mcc_0>[29]</SUP>
    55. 199x Mazda Miata <SUP class=reference id=_ref-17>[30]</SUP>
    56. 2005 Mazda RX-8
    57. 1995 McLaren F1<SUP class=reference id=_ref-msn_1>[4]</SUP><SUP class=reference id=_ref-18>[31]</SUP>
    58. 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren <SUP class=reference id=_ref-msn_2>[4]</SUP>
    59. 1913 Mercer Raceabout <SUP class=reference id=_ref-bankrate_2>[11]</SUP><SUP class=reference id=_ref-forbes_6>[6]</SUP>
    60. 19xx MGB Roadster <SUP class=reference id=_ref-19>[32]</SUP>
    61. 19xx Mini <SUP class=reference id=_ref-20>[33]</SUP>
    62. 193x Morgan Motor Company 3-wheeler <SUP class=reference id=_ref-roadfly_3>[5]</SUP>
    63. 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado (1,070 hp) <SUP class=reference id=_ref-21>[34]</SUP><SUP class=reference id=_ref-22>[35]</SUP>
    64. 1932 Packard Twin Six 12-cylinder coupe <SUP class=reference id=_ref-bankrate_3>[11]</SUP>
    65. 2004 Porsche Carrera GT<SUP class=reference id=_ref-23>[36]</SUP>
    66. 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II (1,000 hp Merlin V12, 1,806 pounds of torque)<SUP class=reference id=_ref-forbes_7>[6]</SUP>
    67. 1958 Saab 93B <SUP class=reference id=_ref-24>[37]</SUP>
    68. 19xx replica Shelby Cobra (429 SOHC Ford V-8 under its hood)
    69. 196x Shelby Mustang fastback coupe
    70. 1968 Shelby Mustang GT350 <SUP class=reference id=_ref-roadfly_4>[5]</SUP>
    71. 1931 Shotwell <SUP class=reference id=_ref-25>[38]</SUP>
    72. 1906 Stanley Steamer
    73. 1909 Stanley Steamer Model R <SUP class=reference id=_ref-26>[39]</SUP>
    74. 19xx custom Tank-Car (1792 cubic inch fuel injected twin-turbocharged V-12 M47 Patton tank engine; est. 1600 hp and 3000 lb-ft of torque) <SUP class=reference id=_ref-27>[40]</SUP><SUP class=reference id=_ref-28>[41]</SUP>
    75. 19xx WO Bentley <SUP class=reference id=_ref-29>[42]</SUP>
  2. BigBlockMopar
    Joined: Feb 4, 2006
    Posts: 1,359


    'Best' of 'Biggest'?

    I don't see that many 'Mopars' in his list, so when it comes to 'best', he's out for me...
    Sorry Jay, ya can't have it all... :D

  3. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,588

    from SUGAR CITY

  4. 2002p51
    Joined: Oct 27, 2004
    Posts: 1,332


    Mine is the best.

    1) '28 Ford modified
    2) '47 Mercury coupe
    3) O/T convertible


    How can that be? Only three cars?

    Because they're all mine and I can drive them! :)
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  5. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,258

    from DFW USA

  6. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
    Posts: 20,733


    I'm certain Jay does not have the biggest/largest BUT his is certainly very impressive. Why Jay's is so unique is the fact that he drives each and every one of them. Just about each day he goes to the warehouse and gets a different one to drive. They are all plated with insurance per his main guy Bob.

    Other large private collections that I have visted you can just tell that the cars aren't taken out very often, if at all.

    Using the word "best" is just too subjective.
  7. chubbie
    Joined: Jan 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,098


    I'm all about that I've 3 drivers, low buck. but they are mine!! and I don't lust for ANY car that i see......
  8. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,588

    from SUGAR CITY

    Again, I'll say Ralph Lauren...



  9. DrJ
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 9,431


    There's 8% of that list Mopar badges, same with GM badges and about the same with Fords.
    A "best COLLECTION" wouldn't be all one make in most people's view so WTF do you want?
    The list is only about 1/4 of his admitted on TV 300± collection anyway so who knows what is actually in it.
    These might be just the one's he drives to work!
  10. Kan Kustom
    Joined: Jul 20, 2009
    Posts: 1,828

    Kan Kustom

    Iwas going to say about the same thing.Your own collection is always the best because you built what you wanted to build.Someone elses is nice but done their way.Of course this does not apply if you have not had the good fortune to do one the way you want yet.
  11. harpo1313
    Joined: Jan 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,323

    from wareham,ma

    Garlits for my taste.
  12. Aaron51chevy
    Joined: Jan 9, 2005
    Posts: 1,986


    bar none the finest for sure.
  13. The Lamay family has 700 cars + its unreal ! everything from rolls to bad ass super stock dodges.
  14. Brewton
    Joined: Jun 24, 2005
    Posts: 884


  15. John T.
    Joined: Nov 6, 2008
    Posts: 233

    John T.

    I'll second Garlits...
  16. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 5,826


    Well it's really impossible to say since we all have different tastes. Leno's is impressive and he drives them. The ACD Museum sure has some fantastic cars. 2002p51's is cool because they are his. It's all opinion. I'd like one of Ralph Lauren's pretty red cars, but as a group it's not that striking-all very similar. And there's always the question of whether you'd spend your $1 million lottery winnings on one million dollar car, ten $100K cars or 50 $20K cars?

    It's a bit like asking who has the best wife,but that's no contest, because I do.:)
  17. Bruce Meyer has some nice toys.

    That list of Leno's looks short of quite a few of his cars, plus there's all his bikes too.

    Otis Chandler had a stunning collection, and as mentioned above, the LeMay family have some amazing cars.
  18. NashRodMan
    Joined: Jul 8, 2004
    Posts: 1,163


    If you looking for the "best" as in hot rod quality that pertains to this board, I would say that Dave Simard has the best that I've seen.
  19. What started out as a "working mans" collection, Harold Lemay had a pretty good run going back in the late 90's

    Harold and Nancy LeMay amassed the largest privately owned collection of automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, other vehicles 3400+ and 14,000+ pieces of related memorabilia in the world.
  20. Subjective is the key word,,,Leno does enjoy his cars the same way we do,,he just has more cars to have fun with. HRP
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    Holy cow!
  22. "Whitey Ford" 62 Uni
    Joined: Mar 5, 2008
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    "Whitey Ford" 62 Uni

    If Jay wnated some Mopars Im sure he could pull some change together to get one. Maybe its not his style. Thing I like about Jay is his collection is for him cause those are the cars he likes and he enjoys not what other people deem cool. Im not trying to be a dick either just saying cause I think Jay has some goofy shit as well but the simple fact that he does work on them and knows so much history on them is just too damn cool. I mean he drives a damn steam car to work. How damn traditional is that hahahaha....also from what I heard, key word heard, is that he doesnt use the money he makes from the tonight show on his cars. Only money he makes from doing stand up or shows and things like that so its all "play" money. lucky shit....he sure does alot for charity as well so good for him
  23. 31Apickup
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 1,477


    The LeMay collection is claimed to be the biggest, but it is not necessarily the best collection. It is open to the public, (visited it last year) but you have to go through with a guide. They have a turbine engine 32 Roadster built in the late 50's which was cool. They also have the Desoto from Happy Days.
  24. Ranunculous
    Joined: Nov 30, 2007
    Posts: 2,444


    Culyer in Florida has an impressive collection.Lotsa neat cars and info.
  25. 65PANELRAT
    Joined: Jul 27, 2007
    Posts: 835


  26. BadgeZ28
    Joined: Oct 28, 2009
    Posts: 810

    from Oregon

    I would like to see what Ron Pratt has. He seems to throw lots of money around at Barrett-Jackson
  27. candyman
    Joined: Jun 29, 2001
    Posts: 355


  28. Road Runner
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 1,220

    Road Runner

  29. Henry VIII
    Joined: Mar 30, 2009
    Posts: 274

    Henry VIII
    from Tulsa OK

    Yeah, he paid $5,000,000 for Shelby's personal 427 Cobra.
  30. One of the best is actually in Rural North Dakota.

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