Revered Roadsters Car enthusiast Jay Leno remembers a time when TV shows “had the star and the car.”
Growing up in a small Massachusetts town, Leno says, he didn’t get to see cool cars on the street, so he relied on TV to get his auto fix. “We don’t really have that anymore,” says the former Tonight Show host, whose new series, Jay Leno’s Garage, premieres Wednesday, October 7 (10/9c, CNBC).
“Cars have gotten so appliance-like. They don’t seem to have that cachet they had back in the day,” he says. “I’m amazed now at the number of teenagers who don’t really care about getting their license. I was born the day I got my license.”
We asked Leno to name some of his favorite iconic TV rides, and it's a long list: The Starsky & Hutch 1975 Gran Torino, The Monkees’ 1966 Pontiac GTO, Magnum P.I.’s 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS, the Green Hornet 1966 Black Beauty Imperial and Columbo’s 1959 Peugeot 403. Here are seven more of his favorites.