Jay Leno says he likes domestic cars because ‘I’m American’

Jay Leno can, and pretty much does own any car he wants to. The legendary comic has over 150 of them in a collection that runs the gamut from an original Fiat 500 microcar to a McLaren F1 worth over $17 million. You’ll also find plenty of Bugatti, Lamborghini, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz models parked in the two warehouses he stores them all in. “I’ve got a lot of different cars. I don’t use cars for anything practical at all,” Leno told Fox News Autos. “When my wife and I go out to eat, if there’s not a parking space in front of the restaurant that I can’t see from my table, we are not eating there – thank you very much, okay?” But while he’s often seen driving around L.A. and across the TV screen in foreign classics, when it comes to new cars, he roots for the home team. “I like domestic cars myself because I’m American and I’d like to see the money stay here,” Leno said. So, what are his favorites? Leno said he thinks the high-performance Ford F-150 Raptor is “terrific.” “It’s a really, really good vehicle – I like that a lot.” He’s also such a fan of the Ford GT supercar that he was one of the first people to plunk down $450,000 to buy one. But when it comes to bargain sports cars, he says the Chevrolet Corvette is the world’s best. “You get Lamborghini performance at Chevrolet prices. I mean, the Corvette [ZR1] has 755 horsepower for a third of the price you’d get for a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, and since it’s a Chevy – you can fix it with a hammer and BOOM.” Leno knows what he’s talking about, because he works on his cars himself. Including the 1955 Buick Roadmaster he bought in 1972 for $350 when he moved to California and that he still owns today.

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