There is no denying that Leno is a Ford guy as a good portion of his collection is taken up by Ford vehicles. During the ’90s the company was experimenting with performance, and the F-150 was in direct competition with GM. The 454 SS was tearing up the tracks and Ford responded with the F-150 Lightning. This supercharged truck was a barebones performance vehicle, but one that Ford needed.
Over time, there have been plenty of vehicles that were a lot more fun to drive then the F-150 Lightning. That is why Ford finally discontinued the truck and moved onto the Raptor platform. The Lightning is one of the most popular production pickup trucks to ever hit the market. But the platform has become played out when compared to other classics of the time.
Leno has a bunch of unique sports cars in his extensive collection. The AC Cobra is a well-known roadster that was designed by Carroll Shelby, and this is what made the roadster a unique addition to his collection. But when it comes down to getting the AC Cobra on the road, the 289 is one of the most fun-to-drive engines. However, the 289 AC Cobra is also one of the most impractical cars for several reasons. The two-seat roadster is very uncomfortable, and although the speed is great, the rest of the car just doesn’t add up.
The roadster didn’t come in a hard top configuration and that was part of the essence that made the AC Cobra something unique. Leno would be hard-pressed to find another roadster as performance-minded as this one. But he has such a strong collection of unique sports cars that he could let it go.
The Shelby name is about as synonymous with the sports car world as you can get. This is why the Shelby roadster is known for being able to seriously tear up the track. Performance-wise you just can’t beat it, and it offers a serious level of lightweight practicality and the fun of a roadster. But Leno has enough of these things in his collection, which is arguably why the 427 Shelby Cobra should go the way of the crusher.
Leno just doesn’t need this one in his collection, and there are far better choices for a roadster. The 427 Shelby Cobra has become quite played out when you look at the sheer depth of his collection. You can’t go wrong with what the Shelby Cobra has to offer, and the uniqueness of the driving experience is memorable. You could still argue it’s not one that Leno absolutely has to have.
Leno is one of the first official owners of the brand-new NSX. He was a fan of the original NSX, so much so that he owned quite a few of the prized Japanese supercars. But when it came time for Acura to inject some new life into the NSX, the car was reborn for several reasons. The radical design had to follow into a new generation and the car was designed to perform as naturally as the original. Yet the design was unimaginative and many had hoped that Honda would stuff some sort of superpowered engine into it.
Sure, the nostalgia of Leno having the first new NSX was great. But now it’s time for the comedian to move onto more powerful supercars. He has quite a few in his collection that provide exhilarating performance and fun. It would appear that Acura tried to follow Ford with their new GT in the same process of supercharging a V6 engine.
For whatever reason, Leno is a fan of steam engine vehicles. Whether you like them or not, he’ has them. The 1906 Advance Steam Traction Engine is a real marvel of early engineering when steam engines were taking over. Long before the internal combustion engine became the go-to choice for transportation.
But when it comes time to trim that collection down, Leno is going to have to make some sacrifices. The 1906 Advance Steam Traction Engine is just not an everyday car or even one that you come across often at the auction block. There are much better choices Leno could be spending his time on than the steam engine-powered traction mobile.
3. 1941 American LaFrance Series 600 pumper V-12 Firetruck
Just because you;re a millionaire doesn’t mean that you have to stop at one vehicle, or in Leno’s case, one certain type. Leno has a bunch of interesting vehicles in his collection, some of which aren’t what you’d expect. Take the 1941 American LaFrance Series 600 pumper V-12 Firetruck for instance. A prime example of early EMS enginuity, the firetruck is in prime restored condition. Leno will often take the truck out for parade duty in his hometown of Los Angeles, California.
Still, for such a unique vehicle the 1941 American LaFrance Series, the 600 pumpers V-12 Firetruck is not a standout. There is so much depth to Leno’s car collection that the firetruck is just a small piece of the puzzle. You’d probably not want to put all your eggs into one of these as the main focal point of your collection.
For a unique ride, the Autocar is probably one of the most unique. The truck-like design is something you might have seen on TV. The uniqueness of the Autocar is something that connects with Leno, as much of his collection is kind of quirky. The Autocar has a lot of aspects to it that were ahead of their time. But Leno has a lot of unique cars in his collection, and the Autocar is just another space. Leno likes the unique look of the car and what it offers to his collection.
But various vehicles are just like the Autocar, and Leno has quite a few of them. The Autocar will stand out in his collection for several reasons. But not all of them are good reasons for the current time period.
Perhaps what is one of Leno’s most prized possessions is also one of the most common. The Aston Martin DBS is a sports car that needs no introduction. So much so that the car has been featured in many different movies. But when you think about the sheer depth of his car collection, the DBS is just another fixture. The sports car is nothing short of fast, but when you compare it to more well-known models, it fails in comparison. Still, you can’t go wrong with the option V12 power and the sheer beauty of the design.
Yet with all the other supercars in his collection, the Aston Martin DBS is just a distraction. He has such other fun cars to choose from that look better and perform better as well. The Aston Martin DBS is still based on an aged design, one of which is due for a refresh soon.