Everyone knows that Jay Leno is a huge car nut, but did you know his longtime late-night rival is also an auto enthusiast, racing fan, and car collector? Talk show host David Letterman has a very impressive car collection that consists of many rare cars and one of a kind items. He also has a few cars in his collection that are just plain weird and strange.
Letterman has a soft spot for posh and luxurious cars like Austin-Healys and Jaguars, but like most car fans he also loves fast sports cars from Europe like Porsche and Ferrari.
Letterman has rare items in his collection like a Volvo station wagon with a face-melting V8 engine that belongs in a Mustang as opposed to a car built for a soccer mom. Letterman has a lot of gas guzzlers in his collection, but he is a very environmentally conscious guy.
So, even though he has rare sports cars in his collection he doesn't drive them every day. Letterman prefers a quaint Nissan LEAF as his daily driver. Letterman has cars in his collection that are worth mere thousands all the way up to cars that cost well over a million dollars. Letterman has spent many years and millions of dollars curating this fantastic collection of cars. The collection shows us exactly the kind of man that Letterman is, and it matches his personality. What do you think of Letterman's car collection? Which one of these cars is your favorite? Here are 20 cars in Letterman's garage.
20 1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS
It's no surprise that Ferrari makes up a good chunk of Letterman's car collection. Most auto enthusiasts can't get enough of Ferrari. Letterman's Ferrari Dino 246 GTS is a powerful machine thanks to its 240 hp, eight-cylinder engine.
Like many other Ferrari rides in Letterman's collection, this car is extremely rare. A mere 1600 of these Ferrari types were built. The Ferrari Dino was named for Enzo Ferrari's son Alfredo, who passed away at aged 24 of muscular dystrophy. The GTS also features a removable roof for drivers who prefer to feel the wind in their hair while speeding down the highway.
19 1963 Ferrari 250 GTE
The 1963 Ferrari 250 GTE is another spectacular Ferrari in Letterman's stellar car collection. The rarer the Ferrari the more expensive it tends to be, and this Ferrari is proof of that adage. Only 1,000 of these Ferrari models rolled off the assembly line, today this rare Ferrari is valued at $531,000 USD.
This would be the pride and joy of any auto enthusiast's collection, but Letterman has so many Ferrari types that it might be hard for him to choose which one is his favorite. This Ferrari is even rarer because of everyone disliking it when it came out. People like it now, but upon its releases the 250 GTE was considered quite bad looking because of the unusual roof line and slab sides.
18 1956 Porsche 356 1500 GS Carrera
This is the perhaps the most eye-popping Porsche in Letterman's garage. The impressive Porsche 356 Carrera was produced in very small numbers, so the rarity and demand for this Porsche make it very valuable.
The 1956 Porsche 356 1500 GS Carrera is estimated to be worth over $855,000 USD. This is a stunning look car that really turns heads thanks to its aerodynamic curves. It has iconic big round headlights that really make the car stand out. This car has a long and storied history in racing circles, so it is no wonder that Letterman loves this absolutely stunning car so much.
17 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso
This Ferrari is a step up from all the other Ferrari types in Letterman's collection. The 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso is luxurious, fast, and ultra-rare. Valued at a staggering $1.85 million, this Ferrari is undoubtedly one of Letterman's favorite cars.
The 250 bhp, 2,953 cc SOHC V-12 engine make this Ferrari and absolute beast on the road. It's incredibly powerful and very fast. Only 350 of these Ferrari were made, so that's why it's worth nearly $2 million USD. This is one of the most coveted Ferrari by many collectors, so Letterman is very lucky to have this amazing Ferrari in his extensive collection of exotic cars.
16 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO
When a person thinks of Ferrari the first thing that pops into his or her head is probably a bright red sports car from the decadent 1980s. Well, this car fits perfectly into that mold. The 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO is just about as flashy as a Ferrari can get. The sleek slopes and aerodynamic look of the 288 GTO means it can go really fast.
It's standing as a speedster is cemented thanks to the 2,855 cc engine. This Ferrari has a top speed of 190 mph, and it's also super rare. Only 272 of these cars were produced. No wonder this car is worth as much as $2.7 million.
15 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS
The 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS is certainly one of Letterman's prized possessions. This breathtaking Ferrari is estimated to be worth as much as $3.1 million USD. Ferrari models don't get much more special than this one. With 300 hp, this powerful car was fast. Many have called this Ferrari one of the greatest GT cars ever made.
The independent rear suspension and light steering made this car a dream to handle. The 1968 Ferrari 330 GTS is a worthy addition to Letterman's collection. There's a reason this car is so sought after in classic car auctions. It has a pedigree that is simply unmatched.
14 1957 Porsche 356 A Speedster
The 1957 Porsche 356 A Speedster is such a beautiful car that it's no surprise at all that Letterman has one in his collection. This open speedster was designed for the U.S market, and it came with a 1600cc engine with revised suspension and wider tires. It was a step up from the standard 356.
Letterman must get a lot of happiness from a car like this one. It's enough to put a smile on the face of just about any car collector out there. This Porsche has a classic look, and that's another reason why it's so appealing.
13 1960 Austin-Healy Bugeye Sprite
If you think a famous man like David Letterman wouldn't own a car as cheery and cute as an Austin-Healey, then you'd be wrong. Letterman prefers the sports cars made in Italy and Germany when he's adding to his collection, but his Bugeye Sprite might be cooler than any exotic sports car.
Letterman hopes that his son will one day share his passion for this whimsical car, and the Netflix talk show host also wishes his son learns how to drive a manual transmission. The Bugeye Sprite is certainly not the most valuable car in Letterman's collection. The car is valued at a mere $33,800 USD.
12 1973 Chevrolet C20 Cheyenne
David Letterman is just a good old country boy at heart. That's why it's not too surprising to see a classic pickup truck in his extensive collection. This is another affordable addition to Letterman's collection. The Cheyenne pickup is valued at approximately $34,700 USD.
The '73 Cheyenne is a real beauty. It has a classic look that screams pure US made. It's easy to picture this truck heading down a dusty gravel road in Letterman's home state of Indiana. The chestnut woodgrain inserts on the truck's interior give the pickup a very rustic feel, and the boxy body of the pickup is charming and nostalgic.
11 1959 MGA Twin Cam 1588CC
Here's another stylish sports car in Letterman's extensive collection. The high-performance twin cam model on the MGA featured a b-series engine capable of putting out a peppy 108 hp. This charming little sports car has a lot of personality, even though it may be lacking in power.
However, British sports cars were built to be fun to drive and not overly powerful. Sports cars like the the MGA Twin cam had a top speed of only 182 km/h, but it was sure fun to drive through the windy roads of the Britain countryside. Letterman's MGA is estimated to be worth about $57,000 USD.
10 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe
What celebrity doesn't love a good Porsche? Jerry Seinfeld adores Porsches, and of course, Leno has multiple in his extensive collection. Letterman is no exception to the rule. He can't get enough of Porsches, and he has numerous impressive sports cars from Germany in his collection.
One of the most amazing Porsche models in his collection is a 911 Carrera coupe valued at $84,700 USD. This curvy coupe is a perfect example of why Porsches are so beloved. The flat 6 engine in the Carrera coupe is capable of 217 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The top speed on this Porsche in a staggering 152 mph.
9 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MK1
The Bugeye Sprite isn't the only Austin-Healy that Letterman has in his collection. Letterman loves these classic autos, so he decided to add a 1961 Austin Healey MK1 to his collection vast collection of classic cars.
We can see why Letterman loves this car so much. Back in its day, this Auston-Healy was a world-class race car, and Letterman is an avid race fan. This is also a super fun car to drive. Just picture this sporty two-seater barreling down the windy back roads of the countryside. The 124 hp engine gives this Austin Healey plenty of get-up and go. Letterman's Austin Healey 3000 MK1 is valued at $97,000 USD.
8 1988 Ferrari 328 GTS
Now we're getting into the true exotics of Letterman's car collection. The 1988 Ferrari 328 GTS is one of the finest Ferraris ever made, so it's easy to see why Letterman would want to have one in his car collection. This Ferrari is incredibly powerful thanks to the eight-cylinder engine that is capable of 270 horsepower.
Letterman has many Ferrari models in his collection, but this might be the best, and rarest. Only 1600 of these stunning Ferrari models were made. This is truly one of the gems of Letterman's collection, and it's worth a pretty penny, too. The 1988 Ferrari 328 GTS is valued at approximately $118,000 USD. Don't worry, Letterman can afford it after Netflix paid him $2 million per episode.
7 1956 Austin-Healey 100-4 BN2
Here's yet another Austin Healy that Letterman has in his collection. It's not often you see US celebrities take such interest in Austin Healey. Typically only car nuts like Richard Hammond and James May pay much attention to these sports cars. However, Letterman has always been a bit of an odd duck.
The 1956 Austin Healey 110-4 BN2 was meant to go fast and look good doing so. This roadster was an affordable car when it was first introduced, but today Letterman's 100-4 BN2 is worth a hefty sum. The Austin Healey 100-4 BN2 is valued at $130,000 USD.
6 1955 Jaguar XK 140
Letterman's collection may be primarily made up of Porsche and Ferrari, but he isn't opposed to having a luxury car from Britain in his collection. Enter the 1955 Jaguar XK 140. This is an extremely stylish and luxurious sports car. It screams sophistication, and Letterman recognized that right away.
Letterman reportedly used some his Netflix earning to buy this beautiful car. This is an expensive and rare car. It's worth about $137,000 USD, and Jaguar only made 9,000 of these beauties between 1954 and 1957. This is a quintessential Jaguar, so it's no surprise Letterman has one in his collection.
5 1964 Porsche 356c
This is one of numerous Porsche rides that Letterman has in his garage. Just like his friend Jerry Seinfeld, Letterman goes crazy for Porsche models. This beautiful Porsche is said to be worth as much as $173,000 USD. That's a pretty penny, but Letterman can certainly afford it. This is a truly iconic Porsche. This is a historic Porsche because it was that last one that Porsche made before moving on to the famous 911.
The 1582 cc engine in the 356c gave it a lot of speed. This is a fun sports car that Letterman surely enjoys driving whenever he gets a chance. Porsche built this car with racing in mind, and it truly shows. This car had enough power to make it barrel through the straights.
4 1961 Porsche 356 Cabriolet
Letterman loves the 356 so much that he actually has two of them. Aside from the 1963 356c, he also owns this '61 Cabriolet. This is one of the best cars in Letterman's collection, and it's also one of the most expensive. The car is worth a staggering $275,000 USD.
That's a lot of money for a regular Joe, but for one of the most respected names in late night, that's chump change. Driving this beauty with the top down over a curvy road with the wind blowing in your hair sounds like a lot of fun. Letterman gets to experience just that whenever he wants.
3 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi
Here's another amazing Ferrari in Letterman's exotic car collection. All of Letterman's Ferrari rides are worth a lot of money. While this one isn't the most valuable, it is still worth quite a lot. The Ferrari 512 BBi is worth an estimated $300,000 USD. According to Hagerty, none of these Ferrari cars were officially exported into the US.
Letterman is extremely lucky to own one of these masterpieces, and he probably enjoys taking this ultra-fast sports car for a ride whenever he can. The wedge-shaped design of this Ferrari means it's extremely aerodynamic, and the 12-cylinder 4943 cc engines puts out an impressive 340 hp.
2 1995 Volvo 960 Station Wagon
This might not be the first thing you would think of when imagining David Letterman's car collection, but the Volvo 960 deserves its spot in Letterman's garage. Letterman famously showed off this daily driver on an episode of Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. This seems more like a car a soccer mom would drive than a famous comedian, but Letterman doesn't mind because this is a 400 hp Volvo with a supercharged Ford 302 V8 racing engine.
Letterman has a special place in his heart for this car because it was built for him by Paul Newman.
1 Nissan LEAF
This fully electric car is Letterman's daily driver. Like the Volvo, this car also showed up on Comedians in Car Getting Coffee. Letterman was extremely excited to get behind the wheel of this compact, but Jerry Seinfeld moaned and groaned. "People just make fun of me when they see me in this car," said Letterman. "And I feel like a putz, you know? Letterman chided Seinfeld for his love of fossil fuels, and Seinfeld joked that it's like alcohol. "We have a problem with this stuff, so let's finish it up," joked Seinfeld.
The LEAF may not be as flashy as a Ferrari or Porsche, but it's much better for the environment.
Sources: Jalopnik, MSN & Hagerty