Adam Carolla has been called many things – and he has called many people different things – over the years. The noted television host, radio personality, actor, comedian, and famed podcaster is currently hosting The Car Show on SPEED TV with John Salley, Dan Neil and Matt Farah (it airs Wednesday evenings). On a more private level, Mr. Carolla is an avid collector of cars.

When Carolla asked if Autoblog wanted a closer look, we grabbed a camera and headed straight to his home for a private tour of his garage. If you were expecting a one-car shed crammed full of broken toys, outgrown bicycles and his grandma's worn clothing... think again. Carolla is an automobile enthusiast with a very nice, if eclectic, collection of racing and exotic vehicles in a spacious custom-designed storage area on his property.


After descending a metal spiral staircase from the house, we found a well-kept main parking area that held just under a dozen cars very comfortably. The floor is polished concrete, the ceiling painted steel beams and the walls covered in collected memorabilia. There is a lot to look at, and it requires a few moments just to look around and take things in. Unlike many "professional" garages we've visited where everything is mathematically placed and surgically installed, Adam's garage looks like a giant-sized version of something we would have – and we mean that as a compliment. A flat-screen television is hung on one wall and posters and pictures cover the others. There are loose items (half-empty bottles of wax, a dirty car duster, spare helmet visors, etc...) strewn haphazardly on the wood countertops. It is very apparent that Adam's garage is a working arena, not a showroom.



Then there was the fancy sports cars. While most people stick with one single brand, era or country of origin to maintain consistency throughout their collection, Adam has decided to collect historically significant models from Nissan, Datsun and Lamborghini – remember, we did say eclectic. While Adam admits he has a Datsun fetish, his overall tastes are more subjective than anything else, and none of these vehicles appear to have been purchased for their future speculative value. If they have an interesting story to tell, are rare and look damn cool, Carolla finds them appealing. The collection is small (Adam has other vehicles at off-site locations), but nothing in his garage is boring. Even better, Adam was quick to offer a surprising amount of insight much like we would with our own prize possessions. Not surprisingly, the natural gearhead is as comfortable talking about the intricacies of tuning carburetors as he is cracking jokes.

Scattered throughout the room, bathed in natural light from large windows, we found a Datsun Camel GT pace car built by Bob Sharp parked next to a Paul Newman / Bob Sharp Racing IMSA 300ZX. A few feet away, sitting next to the tool cabinets with its rear wheels riding on rollers to ease movement around the shop, was a custom Datsun Roadster 1600 racer with radically-flared fenders in bright orange. (Adam hasn't raced each of these, and he may never, but he currently participates in his share of on-track competitions in his stunning Bob Sharp Datsun 610.)



Parked further back into the garage, but equally as impressive, are the Lamborghinis. We couldn't take our eyes off the 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2, with its 4.0-liter V12, or the Lamborghini Miura fitted with a transversely-mounted mid-engine V12 of the same displacement – pictures don't do these gorgeous Italians justice.

Asked what vehicles he'd like to add to his collection, Carolla thought for a moment and mentioned a Ferrari 250 GTO – of course, he said in his familiar sarcastic tone, who wouldn't want a GTO? When pressed with the question again, he said a BMW 3.0 CSL race car ("Batmobile") would be interesting. One more thing, but it was an odd request. Adam is waiting patiently for Nissan to sell him a diesel-powered Armada as it would be the ultimate tow vehicle for his track cars. Sounds easy enough. Are you listening Carlos?


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      Neumahn
      • 3 Years Ago
      He's like the poor Jay Leno!
      AldenBiesen
      • 3 Years Ago
      What, no Corolla?
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      RocketJohn5
      • 3 Years Ago
      Way to go Aceman!
      tony-e30
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please tell me you asked him about the unicycle hanging on the wall?
      ryancw23
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Car Show is what Top Gear USA should have been.
      thecowfers
      • 3 Years Ago
      I enjoy Top Gear USA much more than The Car Show. TG makes me laugh, TCS makes me turn the channel as soon as I see them in that horrendous studio and the FOUR hosts that go together like fire and gasoline.
        John Smith
        • 3 Years Ago
        @thecowfers
        At least there are bits and pieces of The Car Show where the guys discuss current cars and current events in the automotive business. In addition, the hosts have actual opinions and do not stick to a politically correct party line. The interviews are with people involved in the auto industry, and are generally pretty interesting. The out of studio segments mostly suck (except for MAYBE the Batmobile piece from a while back), but you've got to fill out an hour. Top Gear USA, on the other hand... seems a bit confused about itself. If it's going to be a show about old cars, let's showcase interesting old cars instead of K-5 Blazers with wheels falling off (literally), 190E's with dented fenders and Rolls Royces without working AC. The interviews are with deep cable reality TV personalities (bleh). The pieces about new cars are more like slickly produced infomercials than true road tests (i.e. the Porsche piece from a few weeks ago). Lastly, one of the major points of Top Gear UK and of The Car Show is that none of the hosts are professional drivers. That's why Top Gear UK has The Stig, a driver who's head and shoulders better than the talking heads on TV. But with Tanner Foust being a professional race car driver, having TWO great drivers on TG:USA seems confusing and superfluous. I would have either gone with a different "straight man" for the cast - someone involved in auto industry or racing, but not a driver, or given Foust test car driving duties and eliminated The Stig altogether. Both shows suffer from television format limitations - segments are too short, and there's no time to get into a good discussion about anything. The Car Show could use less girls stuffing themselves into Mini Coopers, and more 0-60 discussion about auto news. Top Gear USA could use fewer cheap ride stories, more comparisons of new cars (with actual scoring and an undisputed winner determined at the end) and more about what's currently going on in the car world. Then again, I may have just described how both shows can become Motorweek.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wouldn't be surprised if these were "placed" in his garage for credibility. I never pictured Adam Carolla, pre-The Car Show. I may be wrong, but who knows.
        Michael Harley
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        He also has other warehouses of cars... these are just at his home. - Mike
        Fresh
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Like JayP said, he's had the Datsuns for a long time and pretty much all car guys know he's one of us. He's a bit of a moron, but a car guy to the bone.
        Lloydchiro
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        "Placed" in his garage? Did you know that those cars that look like race cars are actually cars that he races at vintage events? Just the other weekend in Monterrey, he won the Rolex Cup.
        sportct
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        there's a good chance he built that garage he was a builder by trade
      DrEvil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Adam Carolla is to TV car shows what loud mouthed Rachael Ray is to Cooking Shows. The Car Show really sucks. I can watch anything about cars on TV, can't watch this mob. Had to remove it from the schedule on DVR. Adam: Drop the one liners, works best for quick-witted folks (you're not) most of your attempt at zings turn out to be really stupid and unfunny. Something tells me that no car enthusiast could be as deliberately stupid about cars as you try to be on your show. Loved you on the Man Show, Not so much (not at all) on the Car Show. I predict that unless this show evolves, it won't be picked up for next season. Top Gear USA is much better off without this act. Pretty cool cars in your collection.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DrEvil
        My thoughts exactly. It's amazing how little he knows. I caught the podcast early in the game and people were always constantly correcting him.. sorry.. just not acceptable!
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      I covet the older Lamborghini, the 350GT (or 400GT, not sure which it is from the photos) and usually a "famous" owner will up the value. In this case though, I wouldn't even sit in it, let alone want to drive it or own it. Carolla is a douchebag, plain and simple.
        The box
        • 3 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        400GT, quad headlights. I love seeing carbureted V12s like in this Miura, but nothing will beat the beauty of a Colombo V12.
      Hey
      • 3 Years Ago
      You know when you hate a guy, but then you see what he drives, quickly transforming that hate into respect? Yeah I got none of that.
        Andrew
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hey
        I know what they are talking about, my boss is a fkin prick but I respect him cause he drives a DeLorean sometimes to work to show off. His other ride is a Dakota, nice vehicles. Both Automatics too.
      pickles
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a collection, it's interesting. As a guy, he's sadly plagued by gross phobia. I wish him well. He's got a lotta hate he needs to work through.
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