Some of us are content with driving our good ole reliable vehicles, but others have an insatiable appetite for cars and just want to have it all. One of the most notable car collectors on the planet is Jay Leno. He is a successful comedian, writer, and filmmaker. He even has his own reality show, Jay Leno's Garage, which will make your jaw drop at the creativity and inventions — and that it holds approximately 150 cars.
If you think you have seen it all in terms of "too cool" cars or super strange ones, you will marvel at Jay Leno's collection.
10 Too Cool - 1913 Mercer Raceabout
A uniquely designed sports car, it's a stripped-down, two-seat speedster, and can drive at over 90 mph (140km/h). It has a 4-cylinder T-head engine; a sports car with a lumpy body design, safe and balanced on the road. The Raceabout was one of the premier racing thoroughbreds of its era. It is also known for its exceptional handling and one of the too-cool cars in Jay Leno's collection. Sporting cars were one of the earliest American sports cars. However, the Raceabout wasn’t meant for touring or comfort, it was meant, obviously, for racing, so we’re sure Mr. Leno isn’t taking this one on any long rides.
9 Too Cool - 1937 Fiat Topolino
This model was produced by the Italian Fiat company from 1936 to 1955 and was meant as a city car for getting around town. “Topolino” means “little mouse” in English and is also used when referring to the iconic Mickey Mouse. At the time, it was among the smallest cars around, thus “little mouse.” It came with a water-cooled, four-cylinder 569 cc engine with the radiator behind the engine, which allowed for the sloping nose of the car and improved visibility. The engine put out around 13 bhp and the car got a blistering 53 mph, but it also got an amazing 39 mpg.
8 Too Cool - 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429
Lovers of automobiles attest to the rarity the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 holds in the world of Mustangs. The epitome of classic American muscle, and with an engine of 375-horsepower, 5200 rpm and 450 ft-lb. However, the manufacturers and dealers listed just 375 hp because of legal issues and rising insurance costs at the time. This engine was also installed in other Mustang models. The Boss is a car/ride every cool human would want to have in their garage.
7 Too Cool - 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB4
The classic 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB4 is another cool car in Jay Leno's Garage. It has a 300-horsepower, 3.3-liter V12 engine that can produce between 260-320 hp (190-240 kW). In 1966, the 275 GTB4 was upgraded and introduced with a revised four overhead camshaft engine which produces 300 hp (220 kW). It has a spyder-like body and only 10 were made. Produced by Ferrari between 1964 and 1968, it was a vehicle considered futuristic at the time of production, A more complex powertrain than vehicles from the same era, it has a wood steering wheel and a unique shape. A standout from modern-day vehicles. In 2004, Sports Car International named the 275 GTB4 the number seven among the Top Sports Cars of the 1960s.
6 Too Cool - EcoJet
In 2006, Jay Leno wanted to design a car that used bio-fuel and together with General Motors he created a sports car for display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) that year. The EcoJet carries the engine of a helicopter, 650 hp, and runs on biodiesel fuel. Surprisingly, after a decade, this one-of-a-kind car still runs and Leno took well-known physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson out for a ride. While racing down the runway at Edwards Air Force Base, Leno’s window popped out, alarming Tyson. This didn’t seem to phase Leno. He kept the pedal to the metal and hit 165 mph. This EcoJet remains, and is perhaps the coolest car you can see in Jay Leno's Garage.
5 Super Strange - 1929 Duesenberg Chassis
The Duesenberg Chassis is a luxury vehicle that was introduced in 1928.The motive was to design an automobile that would compete with other luxurious and powerful vehicles around at the time. In 1963, two pieces of history were married together, when an engine was combined with a different brand of chassis. Years later, the chassis was displayed at an auction (Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg museum) in Auburn, Indiana. Ed Weaver, owner of Diamond Carpet Mills bought it in 1989. But in 1995, following the demise of Ed Weaver, the chassis was auctioned yet again and Jay Leno bought it. Unlike others who built on the chassis according to preference, Leno's chassis remains the same, in remembrance of Fred Duesenberg's groundbreaking mechanical engineering.
4 Super Strange - 1932 Morgan Three-Wheeler
The 1932 Morgan Three-Wheeler was a Morgan F-4 series introduced in 1933 at the Olympia MotorCycle Show. It came with a new pressed-steel chassis, four-cylinder engine, and a four-seat body. The production of the F-4 series didn't go beyond 1952. In one of his shows, Jay Leno paraded Morgan's own Three-Wheeler, which was built in 1932. The model is capable of hitting speeds of about 80 mph, and many argued they can hit even higher speeds than that. While the Three-Wheel vehicles can't be seen around today, Jay Leno said he would love to see this version of Morgan's Three-Wheeler on the streets.
3 Super Strange - 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado
A big, roomy luxury car is what the 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado was. It came with a four-barrel carburetor Rochester Quadrajet 425 7L V8 Rocket with flange gaskets in the exhaust-manifold that were spherically shaped to prevent leaks and allowed free movement within the exhaust system, and a heavy-duty Turbo-Hydramatic 400 three-speed automatic transmission. They also reduced wind noise by getting rid of the usual triangular window vents in the front doors. Since the demise of Cord in 1937, the 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado was the first U.S.-produced front-wheel drive automobile. They started out with a pretty sad-looking piece of rusting metal and ended up with a beautiful classic car.
2 Super Strange - Porsche
A vehicle that has been around for over 100 years was modernized into a class and yet does not lose the uniqueness that makes it special. The Porsche is another strange car in Jay Leno's Garage that you hardly see around, due to the cost. It has a 4.0-liter flat six engine, power plant pumps out 390 hp (291 kW) and 315 pound-fit (427 Newton-meters). Aside the doors, the body is made of carbon fiber, it also has an Ohlins TTX suspension that handles the bumps, and brakes from a 993-generation handle that helps slowing things down. There will be hundreds of The 911 Singers Porshe in the nearest future that will released into the society.
1 Super Strange - Aptera Electric Car
The Aptera Electric Car was designed to be an electric car, with low energy consumption for as low as 80 watt-hours/mi at 55 mph. The Aptera is said to be more efficient than Nissan Leaf if it was given EPA official rating. With the shape of a chicken-egg, Aptera looks so strange that you will conclude it's alien compared to other cars around. Aptera are currently making some design changes; the aerodynamically-inspired we car will go from zero to 60 within 10 seconds, expected to top out at 90 mph with equivalent of more than 200 miles-per-gallon based on a standard by PEA driving circle. In early 2010, Aptera said it has received nearly 4,000 deposits.