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Jay Leno got his first car because he wanted to take nude photos of his girlfriend

Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno says he bought his first car, which started a collection of 357 million vehicles because he wanted freedom – to take nude photos of his girlfriend.

During an exclusive tour of the Los Angeles garage, filled with hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles, Leno told DailyMailTV that living as a teenager in the Massachusetts countryside for the technological wonder of sexting, driving was his only way to get his kick out .

‘Boys are at home and you just text your girl’ ‘oh send me a naked photo’ ‘and they send a naked photo. In our time, you had to drive to a girl’s house, somehow convince them to take off their clothes if their parents weren’t there, “Leno said.

‘When you got the film, you had to find a place that would develop it that your parents didn’t know. So you had to visit two cities, and then we got the pictures back and there would be black bars on all parts.

‘I’m not sure what the definition of freedom is for young people now, maybe it’s the iPhone, maybe it’s computers. But I lived in a rural area, uptown was seven miles – so if you were riding your bike, by the time you came to uptown everything was over.

‘So the car, the motorcycle, every means of transport, that was the ultimate freedom. You could go out, you could go, you could go wherever you wanted. “

The 69-year-old comedian and renowned car collector now organizes his own car TV show, Jay Leno’s Garage, but he started in Andover, Massachusetts with a modest 1934 Ford.

Jay Leno gave DailyMailTV an exclusive tour of his impressive collection of 189 cars and 168 motorcycles - worth some millions of dollars each. The 69-year-old comedian and renowned car collector now organizes his own car TV show, Jay Leno's Garage, but started in Andover, Massachusetts with a modest 1934 Ford

Jay Leno gave DailyMailTV an exclusive tour of his impressive collection of 189 cars and 168 motorcycles – worth some millions of dollars each. The 69-year-old comedian and renowned car collector now organizes his own car TV show, Jay Leno’s Garage, but started in Andover, Massachusetts with a modest 1934 Ford

During an exclusive tour of the Los Angeles garage, filled with hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles, Leno told DailyMailTV that living as a teenager in the Massachusetts countryside for the technological wonder of sexting, driving was his only way to get his kick out

During an exclusive tour of the Los Angeles garage, filled with hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles, Leno told DailyMailTV that living as a teenager in the Massachusetts countryside for the technological wonder of sexting, driving was his only way to get his kick out

During an exclusive tour of the Los Angeles garage, filled with hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles, Leno told DailyMailTV that living as a teenager in the Massachusetts countryside for the technological wonder of sexting, driving was his only way to get his kick out

Leno explained that he got his first car as a teenager living in the countryside of Andover, Massachusetts, because he wanted to be able to take naked photos of his girlfriend. He said: 'When you got the film, you had to find a place that would develop it, your parents don't know. So you had to visit two cities, and then we got the pictures back and there would be black bars on all parts. 'Pictured: Leno's Mercer Type 35J' Raceabout ', that was the first mass of dual purpose sports / racing car produced in the pre-war era, which costs nearly $ 1 million

Leno explained that he got his first car as a teenager living in the countryside of Andover, Massachusetts, because he wanted to be able to take naked photos of his girlfriend. He said: 'When you got the film, you had to find a place that would develop it, your parents don't know. So you had to visit two cities, and then we got the pictures back and there would be black bars on all parts. 'Pictured: Leno's Mercer Type 35J' Raceabout ', that was the first mass of dual purpose sports / racing car produced in the pre-war era, which costs nearly $ 1 million

Leno explained that he got his first car as a teenager living in the countryside of Andover, Massachusetts, because he wanted to be able to take naked photos of his girlfriend. He said: ‘When you got the film, you had to find a place that would develop it, your parents don’t know. So you had to visit two cities, and then we got the pictures back and there would be black bars on all parts. ‘Pictured: Leno’s Mercer Type 35J’ Raceabout ‘, that was the first mass of dual purpose sports / racing car produced in the pre-war era, which costs nearly $ 1 million

Leno worked at a University of Boston at a Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Mercedes-Benz dealer and started to find bargains on classic cars and renovate them to their former glory

Leno worked at a University of Boston at a Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Mercedes-Benz dealer and started to find bargains on classic cars and renovate them to their former glory

Leno worked at a University of Boston at a Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Mercedes-Benz dealer and started to find bargains on classic cars and renovate them to their former glory

Leno is now the proud owner of 189 cars and 168 motorcycles - worth some millions of dollars each. His most valuable and coincidentally his favorite modern car, a 1994 McLaren F1, is now worth about $ 17 million, although previous auctions of the model have rewarded $ 24 million

Leno is now the proud owner of 189 cars and 168 motorcycles - worth some millions of dollars each. His most valuable and coincidentally his favorite modern car, a 1994 McLaren F1, is now worth about $ 17 million, although previous auctions of the model have rewarded $ 24 million

Leno is now the proud owner of 189 cars and 168 motorcycles – worth some millions of dollars each. His most valuable and coincidentally his favorite modern car, a 1994 McLaren F1, is now worth about $ 17 million, although previous auctions of the model have rewarded $ 24 million

Leno worked at a University of Boston at a Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Mercedes-Benz dealer and started to find bargains on classic cars and renovate them to their former glory.

Leno is now the proud owner of 189 cars and 168 motorcycles – worth some millions of dollars each.

His most valuable and coincidentally his favorite modern car, a 1994 McLaren F1, is now worth about $ 17 million, although previous auctions of the model have rewarded $ 24 million.

One of Leno’s oldest models is a Stanley Steamer Vanderbilt Cup Racer from 1906, a vintage steam-powered racing car that he had to restore twice, the second time after the kettle exploded.

The Tonight Show veteran is currently converting a 1914 Detroit Electric car to run on Tesla power, bringing it into the 21st century.

During the tour, Leno started one of his engines, a Y2K Turbine Superbike from 1999, which runs on the equivalent of a jet engine and matches the roaring whoosh.

Leno screaming about the howling of the engine that produces a sound similar to when standing next to an airplane, Leno said: ‘You are so happy when you step off. You are going for a ride and when you get out, you are so happy that you are alive. It’s so ridiculous and it just keeps the Harley guys locked up when you drive in with a jet.

‘It sticks out 1500 degrees from the back. I’m just so glad I didn’t fall and burned to death. “

Among the comedian vintage motorbikes scores are the world’s largest collection of British Brough Superior motorcycles, popularized by Colonel Thomas Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia.

Among the comedian vintage motorbikes scores are the world's largest collection of British Brough Superior motorcycles, popularized by Colonel Thomas Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia. Pictured: Leno posing with a Brough Superior SS100 motorcycle

Among the comedian vintage motorbikes scores are the world's largest collection of British Brough Superior motorcycles, popularized by Colonel Thomas Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia. Pictured: Leno posing with a Brough Superior SS100 motorcycle

Among the comedian vintage motorbikes scores are the world’s largest collection of British Brough Superior motorcycles, popularized by Colonel Thomas Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia. Pictured: Leno posing with a Brough Superior SS100 motorcycle

“This was once the pinnacle of motorcycle technology,” Leno explained. “Lawrence of Arabia was known for owning Brough Superiors. “Lawrence of Arabia owned 8 of the machines and was subsequently killed while driving

Leno added: “These costs the same as a house in the 1920s. At that time, most motorcycles barely went 60 mph, these went more than 100 mph. They were a legend in books and stories’

Depicted: an armored reconnaissance vehicle of the British army that stands next to a 1930 Hispano Suiza

Depicted: an armored reconnaissance vehicle of the British army that stands next to a 1930 Hispano Suiza

Depicted: an armored reconnaissance vehicle of the British army that stands next to a 1930 Hispano Suiza

A few Buick Roadsters on the left is a 1955 convertible and the other Leno's first car on its way to LA. His team helped create the 'advertising poster' based on the original with images of Leno and his wife driving the vehicle and the passenger

A few Buick Roadsters on the left is a 1955 convertible and the other Leno's first car on its way to LA. His team helped create the 'advertising poster' based on the original with images of Leno and his wife driving the vehicle and the passenger

A few Buick Roadsters on the left is a 1955 convertible and the other Leno’s first car on its way to LA. His team helped create the ‘advertising poster’ based on the original with images of Leno and his wife driving the vehicle and the passenger

Leno said he bought his last car, the 189th in his collection, about three months ago because the 19ft by 11ft 1958 Lincoln Continental III (photo) was “the most annoying car”

“This was once the pinnacle of motorcycle technology,” Leno explained. “Lawrence of Arabia was known for owning Brough Superiors.

“These costs the same as a house in the 1920s. At that time, most motorcycles barely went 60 mph, these went more than 100 mph. They were a legend in books and stories. “

Leno said he bought his last car, the 189th in his collection, about three months ago, because the 19ft by 11ft 1958 Lincoln Continental III was “the most annoying car.”

“I would love to ride this through the Cotswolds [in rural England] and say, “Hello, I’m an American, we’re looking for McDonalds!” so that people come out and throw things at us. This is something like that [President Donald] Trump would drive through England, the most annoying car that was possible, the most American nonsense, gas-spitting, huge, heavy thing, “he said.

‘That was a family car, 16-year-old girls did their driving tests in those things. But it’s so big that you can put everyone you know into it and take a ride. “

Although Leno has chosen his McLaren F1 as his favorite modern car, he has difficulty choosing his number one favorite from the extensive collection that includes more than 100 years of car history.

“I wouldn’t have all these cars if I had a favorite,” he told DailyMailTV. ‘The way it works is, if you like something, you just go further back. What came before, what came before.

‘The nice thing about this hobby is that it’s not like Egyptology where you have to go back 10,000 years. He is really 150 years old at best. So there are all those remnants of things like this still, which makes it kind of fun. “

The fastest car that Leno currently owns and uses as his daily lap is this Tesla Model S P100D. The model is the fastest accelerating production model ever produced and comes with 'Ludicrous mode' that allows the car to sprint from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds

The fastest car that Leno currently owns and uses as his daily lap is this Tesla Model S P100D. The model is the fastest accelerating production model ever produced and comes with 'Ludicrous mode' that allows the car to sprint from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds

The fastest car that Leno currently owns and uses as his daily lap is this Tesla Model S P100D. The model is the fastest accelerating production model ever produced and comes with ‘Ludicrous mode’ that allows the car to sprint from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds

The stand-up strip, still touring the country while not at his Big Dog car store in Burbank, Los Angeles, says he enjoys the balance between manual and mental work. Pictured: a 1967 Lamborghini Miura, once owned by Dean Martin

The stand-up strip, still touring the country while not at his Big Dog car store in Burbank, Los Angeles, says he enjoys the balance between manual and mental work. Pictured: a 1967 Lamborghini Miura, once owned by Dean Martin

The stand-up strip, still touring the country while not at his Big Dog car store in Burbank, Los Angeles, says he enjoys the balance between manual and mental work. Pictured: a 1967 Lamborghini Miura, once owned by Dean Martin

Leno said: 'I just love the mechanics of driving. I'm in a company where you earn a living by talking. I think the heart is the healthiest when the head and hands work together. If you solve something, you have really achieved something. 'Pictured: an old model of a Maserati

Leno said: 'I just love the mechanics of driving. I'm in a company where you earn a living by talking. I think the heart is the healthiest when the head and hands work together. If you solve something, you have really achieved something. 'Pictured: an old model of a Maserati

Leno said: ‘I just love the mechanics of driving. I’m in a company where you earn a living by talking. I think the heart is the healthiest when the head and hands work together. If you solve something, you have really achieved something. ‘Pictured: an old model of a Maserati

The attraction of his vehicles can vary, from speed to beauty - or beast power, he said

The attraction of his vehicles can vary, from speed to beauty - or beast power, he said

The attraction of his vehicles can vary, from speed to beauty – or beast power, he said

Despite the fact that he has reached retirement age, Leno says he is too busy to make long car trips with his classic cars, although he enjoys a ride to Angeles Crest over Los Angeles. Pictured: general views of Lamborghinis in Leno's collection

Despite the fact that he has reached retirement age, Leno says he is too busy to make long car trips with his classic cars, although he enjoys a ride to Angeles Crest over Los Angeles. Pictured: general views of Lamborghinis in Leno's collection

Despite the fact that he has reached retirement age, Leno says he is too busy to make long car trips with his classic cars, although he enjoys a ride to Angeles Crest over Los Angeles. Pictured: general views of Lamborghinis in Leno’s collection

The stand-up strip, still touring the country while not at his Big Dog car store in Burbank, Los Angeles, says he enjoys the balance between manual and mental work.

“I just love the mechanics of driving,” he said. ‘I work in a company where you earn a living by talking. I think the heart is the healthiest when the head and hands work together. If you solve something, you have really achieved something.

“Comedy is so subjective. Some people like you, some people think you’re sucking, and they’re both right. If people don’t think you’re funny, you’re not funny. But you take something that is broken and let it run, nobody can say it doesn’t run.

‘The idea is that something is broken and that you fix it and then you drive, you feel that you are not a rich sod who just drives around all day and has no idea how the thing works. I mean, I always meet people like that. I don’t want to be that person. “

Leno said the appeal of his vehicles can vary, from speed to beauty – or beast power.

The comedian said a monstrous vehicle specially made from a Cold War tank engine was a favorite of his friend, Terminator star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“This is Schwarzenegger’s favorite car. Arnold thinks it’s great, “said Leno, mimicking the German accent of the bodybuilder. “Every time he gets close, he is” oh, I just love that car, it’s just like the terminator, it’s fantastic. “

“He took his photo with it,” he added, gesturing at the giant metal grid. “His head looks like the front of it, right? It’s just so stupid. It’s an M47 Patton Tank engine, it weighs five tons, it’s ridiculous. We put Bosch fuel injection, we place two turbos on it. It is actually quite powerful. It’s just stupid, it’s a huge, more money than brains thing. “

The comedian said that a monstrous vehicle (photo) specially made from a Cold War tank engine was a favorite of his friend, Terminator star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “This is Schwarzenegger’s favorite car. Arnold thinks it’s great, “said Leno, mimicking the German accent of the bodybuilder. “Every time he gets close, he is” oh, I just love that car, it’s just like the terminator, it’s fantastic. “

Leno explained: “It is an M47 Patton Tank engine, it weighs five tons, it is ridiculous. We put Bosch fuel injection, we place two turbos on it. It is actually quite powerful. It’s just stupid, it’s a huge, more money than brains thing ‘

“You know the funny thing about Los Angeles is that everyone says that driving is terrible. It’s terrible around 210, 5, 405 or 101. But you go six miles up in Tujunga Canyon and you don’t even see another car, it’s like driving in Sicily. I was there yesterday, I was driving to the snow line, “Leno said

Pictured: a 1970 Dodge Challenger GT, given to Leno by singer Garth Brooks

Pictured: a 1970 Dodge Challenger GT, given to Leno by singer Garth Brooks

Pictured: a 1970 Dodge Challenger GT, given to Leno by singer Garth Brooks

The garage manager of Leno, 54-year-old John Pera, revealed that there was another star near the Big Dog garage. Pera, who worked for Leno for 28 years, said he once sold a 1974 Rolls-Royce (not shown) that he had restored to John Travolta for $ 80,000

The garage manager of Leno, 54-year-old John Pera, revealed that there was another star near the Big Dog garage. Pera, who worked for Leno for 28 years, said he once sold a 1974 Rolls-Royce (not shown) that he had restored to John Travolta for $ 80,000

The garage manager of Leno, 54-year-old John Pera, revealed that there was another star near the Big Dog garage. Pera, who worked for Leno for 28 years, said he once sold a 1974 Rolls-Royce (not shown) that he had restored to John Travolta for $ 80,000

The garage manager of Leno, 54-year-old John Pera, revealed that there was another star near the Big Dog garage.

Pera, who worked for Leno for 28 years, said he once sold a 1974 Rolls-Royce that he had restored to John Travolta for $ 80,000.

Pera said the Grease star was desperate to buy the vehicle, once owned by Oscar-winning actor Ernest Borgnine, in the superstitious hope that it would also help him win an Academy Award.

‘I had [Travolta] beg me and beg for it, because he has idolized Ernest Borgnine, “Pera told DailyMail.com. “[He] thought that if he bought it, he might also win an Oscar, which would get rid of some luck. But he has never won an Oscar. “

Leno said one of his favorite stories behind a classic car was for a 1953 yellow Hudson Hornet that he had bought from a 94-year-old woman.

“She’s 94, but no hearing aid or glasses. She says, “Oh, I have a Hudson from” 51. Come and buy mine, my husband and I, new in ’51. We drove it from New Jersey to California, he died in ’96, it’s the only car we ever owned, it’s in the driveway with four flat tires’ ‘,’ he said.

Leno repaired the car and two years later the woman called to offer her a lift, wondering if the woman, now 96, was still alive.

“She said” “yes, but I have to do my hair.” I say “okay, what about Friday?” “She said” Is it okay if I bring the kids? “I said” yes. Well, the kids are 72 and 74. “

Former Tonight Show host Leno (pictured with Kim Kardashian at his show in 2013) says he bought his first car to start his multi-million dollar 357 vehicle collection because he wanted freedom - to take nude photos of his girlfriend

Former Tonight Show host Leno (pictured with Kim Kardashian on his show in 2013) says he bought his first car to start his multi-million dollar 357 vehicle collection because he wanted freedom - to take nude photos of his girlfriend

Former Tonight Show host Leno (pictured with Kim Kardashian on his show in 2013) says he bought his first car to start his multi-million dollar 357 vehicle collection because he wanted freedom – to take nude photos of his girlfriend

The stand-up strip, still traveling through the country while not at his Big Dog car store in Burbank, Los Angeles, says he enjoys the balance between manual and mental work

The stand-up strip, still traveling through the country while not at his Big Dog car store in Burbank, Los Angeles, says he enjoys the balance between manual and mental work

The stand-up strip, still traveling through the country while not at his Big Dog car store in Burbank, Los Angeles, says he enjoys the balance between manual and mental work

General views of individual vehicles from Jay Leno's extensive car collection

General views of individual vehicles from Jay Leno's extensive car collection

A Baker Electric from 1909 with rudder control

A Baker Electric from 1909 with rudder control

Leno said one of his favorite stories behind a classic car was for a 1953 yellow Hudson Hornet that he had bought from a 94-year-old woman. Pictured on the right: a Baker Electric from 1909 with rudder control

A tailor-made vehicle known as 'The Rocker car' part of Leno's extensive car collection

A tailor-made vehicle known as 'The Rocker car' part of Leno's extensive car collection

A tailor-made vehicle known as ‘The Rocker car’ part of Leno’s extensive car collection

A representative from Visit California, who arranged the Big Dog Garage tour, said that visitors who want to plan a road trip to the golden state should visit visitcalifornia.com and discoverla.com.

A representative from Visit California, who arranged the Big Dog Garage tour, said that visitors who want to plan a road trip to the golden state should visit visitcalifornia.com and discoverla.com.

A representative from Visit California, who arranged the Big Dog Garage tour, said that visitors who want to plan a road trip to the golden state should visit visitcalifornia.com and discoverla.com.

Leno said that during their road trip, her children behaved as they did when they were small, sitting in the back seat of the Hornet while their parents drove it across the country to the west coast.

“I pick her up and the children blindfolded her. I stop and she touches the car, they take off the blindfold and she starts crying. We are going for a ride and she tells me how they rode with the children in the back of New Jersey.

‘So we drive on, and the 72 and 74 year old in the back start poking each other. She turns around and hits them out. “I asked your children to behave, Mr. Leno takes us out, why are you doing this”. The three of them can just laugh at the time of their lives. “

Leno added that the coppery grandmother turned 104.

Despite the fact that he has reached retirement age, Leno says he is too busy to make long car trips with his classic cars, although he enjoys a ride to Angeles Crest over Los Angeles.

“You know the funny thing about Los Angeles is that everyone says that driving is terrible. It’s terrible around 210, 5, 405 or 101. But you go six miles up in Tujunga Canyon and you don’t even see another car, it’s like driving in Sicily. I was there yesterday, I was driving to the snow line, “he said.

“It’s only 46 miles from here and it’s snowing, and yet it’s 75 degrees here. You can’t do that anywhere else in Europe, where you can go surfing and skiing on the same day. “

A representative from Visit California, who arranged the Big Dog Garage tour, said that visitors who want to plan a road trip to the golden state should visit visitcalifornia.com and discoverla.com.

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