Fit for a King: Jay Leno's Car-Collector's Garage

Get a glimpse behind the scenes as king-of-late-night Jay Leno gets his personal home garage made over in a manner befitting his title and his collection of luxury and vintage automobiles.

Photo By: SCOTT KILLEEN

Photo By: SCOTT KILLEEN

Photo By: SCOTT KILLEEN

Photo By: SCOTT KILLEEN

Photo By: SCOTT KILLEEN

Jay Leno's Garage, Before

Who would've thought that Tonight Show host and avid automotive enthusiast Jay Leno would have a personal garage that's his secret shame?

Jay Leno's Garage, Before

Leno may be the king of late night, but his personal garage — as with many of us — has essentially become a cluttered mess.

Jay Leno's Garage, Before

When Jay leaves work he may have more than 200 vehicles to choose from, but when he arrives at home in a Lamborghini Gallardo or 1955 Mercedes Gullwing, his car has to compete for space with piles of dirty clothes and a growing mound of memorabilia.

Jay Leno's Garage, Pondering the Possibilities

With their promise to turn Jay Leno's garage mess into a car collector's showplace, the Garage Mahal team takes on its biggest transformation yet. Bill and Jay consider the challenges and the design possibilities for a total garage makeover.

Jay Leno's Garage, Let the Cleanup Begin

As cleanup gets under way, Jay attempts to defend to the Garage Mahal crew his desire to hang on to some of the memorabilia that had piled up in his garage. Surely a framed Time magazine with one's face on the cover is worthy of the "save" pile?

Jay Leno's Garage, Before

Bill Goldberg and Garage Mahal lead designer Jaime Dietenhofer discuss materials selection before the makeover begins. The main garage will feature Italian porcelain tile floors.

Jay Leno's Garage, Before

Part of Jay's garage doubled as auxiliary office space, but auxiliary stuff had overtaken the space.

Jay Leno's Garage, After

The redesigned garage features home-office space and amenities more conducive to taking a Hollywood phone meeting.

Jay Leno's Garage, After

The finished garage features a new desk, a more streamlined work area and bucket-seat desk chairs accessorized with automotive details.

Jay Leno's Garage, Before

The larger, detached garage had gotten so cluttered that there was scarcely room to park a car — even a small one like this vintage Corvair.

Jay Leno's Garage, After

Once Bill Goldberg and the Garage Mahal crew have given Jay's garage the makeover treatment, it's a space far better suited to regal automotive inhabitants. A motorized auto turntable makes backing out of the garage an obsolete task.

Jay Leno's Garage, Before

When Jay purchased his home it came with an attached three-car garage, seen here. A separate second structure was added later to accommodate Jay's car enthusiast leanings. Over time, both garages have become repositories for show-business souvenirs, car paraphernalia and junk.

Jay Leno's Garage, After

Jay's design idea is to incorporate elements suggesting an old English feel. The original garage gets an entire wall of new cabinet storage in dark-stained wood, and a dark brown floor stain helps warm up the space. A hardwood stair-step landing replaces the two concrete steps that originally led into the house.

Jay Leno's Garage, Before

Most of the garage makeover focused on the interiors of the two garages, but the exteriors got some love as well. The original garage doors were '70s-era ordinary.

Jay Leno's Garage, After

New wood-panel garage doors create a more elegant and visually pleasing exterior.

Jay Leno's Garage, Before

The detached garage, seen here with the renovation in progress, had a finished basement housing a hydraulic lift used for lowering Jay's motorcycles to the lower level. This allowed him to do maintenance work on his motorcycles in a dedicated space.

Jay Leno's Garage, After

The basement redesign retains the hydraulic lift but transforms the space into something with more of a den/library feel with spacious, comfortable living area.

Jay Leno's Garage, After

The new garage basement has plenty of storage and custom built-in wood shelving to accommodate Jay's massive collection of vintage car magazines.

Jay Leno's Garage, Before

Before any work began, the Garage Mahal team delivered an initial diagnosis on Jay's garage as CGS — "crappy garage syndrome."

Jay Leno's Garage, After

The redesigned and reinvented garage features, among other luxury amenities, a 30-foot stainless workbench and a generous amount of cabinet storage, with adjustable shelving, to house Jay's collection of memorabilia. A unique custom staircase-handrail is fashioned out of recycled automobile crankshafts and camshafts.

Jay Leno's Garage, After

The centerpiece, both literally and figuratively, of the new garage is the turntable that makes backing out a thing of the past. A ceiling-mounted, laser-spot parking light provides a precise visual reference when pulling forward into the garage, allowing the car to be positioned perfectly on the turntable.

Jay Leno's Garage, After

Jay's 1931 Bentley, with its 153-inch wheel base, illustrates just how much car the new motorized turntable can handle.

Jay Leno's Garage, After

Directional track lighting, Italian porcelain tile, custom wood cabinetry and ceiling spanning faux-wood beams all combine to provide a more opulent setting for Jay's vintage and rare automobiles. The king of late night now has a garage that's arguably fit for a king.

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