Most of the world may know Jay Leno as the previous host of The Tonight Show but all-around these parts, he’s arguably much more well-known for currently being a bona fide and skilled lover of automobiles. Right after retiring from the converse exhibit game, he now retains hectic with his CNBC auto demonstrate, Jay Leno’s Garage and he’s also celebrated as just one of the most prolific automobile collectors on the earth. The actual amount of autos in Jay Leno’s literal garage absolutely fluctuates routinely but, according to a duPont Registry checklist posted final yr, Jay owns 181 vehicles in addition to 160 motorcycles.
Regardless of the large assortment, the late-night time icon apparently does not have any Ferraris and you will find a rationale for that: He simply cannot stand the hoops Ferrari dealerships make customers leap by way of to achieve the privilege of owning a auto from Maranello. It is a bit of an open key that Ferrari can be tricky to deal with unless of course you might be a longtime, paid out-up member of the Tifosi with numerous Ferraris in your car or truck possession historical past.
Speaking to Vehicles and Lifestyle with Jason Stein, Leno explained, “I just under no circumstances appreciated dealing with the sellers. I will not wanna give a dude 25 grand in an envelope, y’know. I will not wanna have to buy two Mondials…” What is extremely exciting in this article is that Jay takes advantage of the Ferrari Mondial as an illustration, a automobile created by Ferrari from 1980 to 1993, which tells me two points: Jay has held this watch for literal many years and Ferrari has been functioning this way for at the very least as extensive.
He then as opposed Ferrari’s “prove your value” approach to archrival McLaren’s vastly a lot more purchaser-friendly frame of mind.
“The clever thing about McLaren is the dealer service. I purchased my McLaren, I paid out precisely the sticker, obtaining it was a wonderful system. I experienced the car [for] six or seven months, my MP4-12C. And they named me 1 working day and mentioned, ‘Oh, you can find an enhance from 592 horsepower to 617. You want the up grade?’ I mentioned, ‘Well, how substantially is it?’ and they explained ‘It’s no cost.'”
He goes on to tell a different anecdote about the time a McLaren salesperson talked him out of carbon brakes for the reason that they were being arguably unnecessary for road driving, saving Leno $20,000. The Ferrari dealership experience, in distinction, Jay likens to BDSM. “It is really like rich men that go to a dominatrix. ‘Oh, she kicked the crap out of me, it was superb.’ That is fantastic, I indicate, some guys like that.”
That’s not to say Leno isn’t going to admire the automobiles themselves. “They’re exceptional autos. This is not an indictment of the automobile, it is really just that you are paying a incredible amount of money of revenue. You should be designed to truly feel like a customer.”
The normal vehicle enthusiast like you or I could not have any where in the vicinity of the range of automobiles that Jay Leno has but it can be oddly heartwarming to find out that “eff motor vehicle sellers” is a sentiment that can truly transcend tax brackets.