Several celebrities have extensive car collections, but Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld are known for having quite possibly the biggest collection of cars. Leno has close to 200 cars in his collection, which he often shows off on his show, Jay Leno’s Garage. Seinfeld has also shown off his car collection on the Netflix show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, though he does not have as many cars as Leno. The two collections are often compared in terms of whose collection is worth more, who has more rare cars, and whose collection is better. Who has the better collection depends a lot on personal preference, but as far as who has more rare cars in their collection, let’s take a look.
Who has more rare cars: Jay Leno or Jerry Seinfeld?
The rarity of a car is usually based on the limited availability of that car, which is not limited to vintage cars. For example, Jay Leno owns one of the only two Koenigsegg CCXR Trevitas manufactured in 2010, with a white carbon fiber weave that was so complex to make that only two were completed. Additionally, while both Leno and Jerry Seinfeld have rare cars in their respective collections, Leno is definitely the winner in this regard, with a wide variety of rare cars that are both vintage and modern cars with a limited production, such as the Trevita.
Jay Leno’s collection features a variety of rare cars
With close to 200 cars in his collection, Jay Leno has dozens of cars that could be considered rare, but several stand out in terms of rarity. HotCars put together a list of Leno’s rarest cars, including the previously mentioned Trevita. Leno also owns a few McLarens, which he has admitted is his favorite carmaker, but his 1994 McLaren F1 is the rarest McLaren he owns. Only 106 F1s were produced, and the 627-hp V12 engine made it the fastest car in the world at that time, going 231 mph, and it still holds the title of the world’s fastest naturally aspirated road car. In 1994, an F1 would cost around $850,000. Now, these rare cars go for $12 million or more.
Designed by Jay Leno himself, the GM EcoJet has a Honeywell LTS101 turbine engine, more commonly seen in helicopters, with two separate fuel tanks that run on either bio-fuel or kerosene and puts out 650 horsepower for a top speed of 245 mph. The EcoJet is virtually impossible to put a value on because it is the only one ever made. He also owns a 1925 Doble Steam car, which took a more modern approach to steam cars, with an electronic ignition getting things started, and cost $10,000 in 1925. Unfortunately, Ford was already producing Model T’s that only cost $260, so this particular more modern steam car never took off.
Jerry Seinfeld’s collection features a massive number of Porsches
Jerry Seinfeld has several rather rare cars in his collection, but his collection is known more for the vast number of Porsches he owns. According to HotCars, several of those Porsches are also quite rare. One of those is a 1949 Porsche 356, built at Porsche’s first plant in Gmund, Austria, and is from the first production run of the 356, worth over $700,000. He also owns a 1983 Porsche 959, which, since Porsche did not submit enough models to be tested, is actually illegal to drive in the U.S. and is valued at over $1 million.
Seinfeld also owns a bright yellow 1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona that sells for a quarter of a million dollars today, even though it does not have a stellar reputation in terms of reliability. Interestingly, Leno does not own a single Ferrari, and according to one report, it’s not because he dislikes Ferraris because they are “a pain in the a**!”
Whether you are a fan of Porsche, McLaren, Ferrari, or vintage steam cars, it is easy to agree that both Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld have extraordinary car collections. More importantly, they take care of those cars, which is invaluable to a collector or gearhead.