It turns out Jay Leno shops for classic cars just like the rest of us do: by wasting untold hours drooling over occasionally perusing BringaTrailer.com. The comedian and host of The Tonight Show recently took a shine to a memorable 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint shown on the site, and it wasn't long before a few phone calls were made. Now the previous owner can say he sold a car to one of the world's most well-known collectors, and Leno will have a very-cool Falcon in his Big Dog Garage.

So, what made this particular coupe worthy of such admiration? The '63 had undergone significant revision at the hands of the previous owner and builder, including a substantial weight reduction, suspension tweaks with input from the gurus at Koni, along with a fully blueprinted 302 V8. With an aluminum intake and heads as well as a lightweight T5 transmission, the seller claims to have plucked around 200 pounds from the vehicle's nose.

The idea was to build the car in the image of the Holman Moody Falcons that once competed in the legendary Monte Carlo Rally. Head over to BaT for both the initial sale listing story and the tale of Leno's buying.


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      Custom Bikes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now guys, that's not true. Jay is a super cool guy . I met him few times and he was super nice and easy to talk to. He shows up here at local weekend gathering with some one off car or motorcycle and always takes pictures and even take strangers for a spin in whatever toy he brought with him. He is a true gear head and he does what we all would if we had this kind of money. If you are in the area ( southern California ) come by the rock store ( on Mulholland Dr. ) on any weekend and see for yourself.
      dnsh
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have little respect for Leno after his handling of The Tonight Show, but I have no respect for him as a car collector. He's acts like the rich boy on the block who gets all the toys he wants. He fondles and plays with them all by himself, but won't let anybody else see them, except his rich buddies who know the secret handshake. He sure does like to talk about how many he has, though. It's all to self-indulgent and narcissitic for me, but he earned the money and can what he wants.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      bigcatdaddy76016
      • 2 Years Ago
      Leno is a very astute kind of guy. IF you ask him for info, he will tell you. He has never spent any of his "Tonight Show" money on his cars. He tours comedy shops and uses that money to build his cars. He himself has admitted to having a duslexia problem for years, but uses his ability and knowledge of cars to recenter himself. Sometimes his knowledge comes across as arrogant, but don't let that fool you, he will sit down and converse with you. Hopes are, someday he will open a place to properly show his cars in a museum and allow people to admire what he has done for the auto industry. While he has the money for rebuilding the rarest autos in the world, praise him for what he has done instead of deficating on his so called arrogance.....he has done well in auto-enthusiuts eyes. Besides, what is wrong with helping an industry that has out-souced itself almost to the point of distinction?....besides that, he who leaves with the most TOYS wins...right?
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool car.
      getrealll
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does he ever donate to charity?
        Vitsing
        • 2 Years Ago
        @getrealll
        Why do you think he doesn't and more importantly why do you think he should?
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      By the time leno dies he will have 1 of every car ever made.
      Custom Bikes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now guys, that's not true. Jay is a super cool guy . I met him few times and he was super nice and easy to talk to. He shows up here at local weekend gathering with some one off car or motorcycle and always takes pictures and even take strangers for a spin in whatever toy he brought with him. He is a true gear head and he does what we all would if we had this kind of money. If you are in the area ( southern California ) come by the rock store ( on Mulholland Dr. ) on any weekend and see for yourself.
      ammca66564
      • 2 Years Ago
      What I want to know is whether Jay is going to buy the 500,000 mile '64 Comet that whose owner - original owner - recently announced she would stop driving? Jay?
      citidriver
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting car listed on BaT but I don't really want to know about the buyer. By the way, does Leno ever give away any cars, like to car nuts who aren't rich?, then I would respect him.
        Silly Pickle
        • 2 Years Ago
        @citidriver
        You can put me on that list then too. Shoot, I'd work for the man for food and lodging if it meant sweeping floors and washing his cars. If that were the last thing I ever did before I retired...I'd probably never retire...might even get to drive one or two. Would be a happy snow-bird that's for sure!
      ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love BAT, they always have intersting rare cars.
      dadslife83
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would love to spend a day with Jay in his shop. On second thought a day might not be long enough. Maybe, if we are all lucky, he will open a museum so we can visit his cherished automotive choices.
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