Jay Leno Sued Over Purchase Of Rare Duesenberg.

NBC Tonight Show talk show host Jay Leno is sued by the estate of a former Macy’s Inc. executive for buying a rare 1931 Duesenberg allegedly worth $1.7 million from a garage where the plaintiff kept it. In April 2005 Leno purchased it for $180,000 from The “Manhattan Garage” which allegedly claims the now-deceased owner didn’t pay the storage bills. The estate alleges that, after the owner John Strauss rejected Leno’s attempt to purchase the Duesenberg, the comedian, an antique car buff, entered into a “sham” transaction with the garage to take ownership of the car. The complaint includes claims of unjust enrichment and “conversion” for the alleged wrongful taking of the Duesenberg. The plaintiffs seek damages of at least $1.7 million and return of the vehicle. Full story HERE.

13 Responses to “Jay Leno Sued Over Purchase Of Rare Duesenberg.”

  1. 1 J Oct 21st, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Sorry- Leno seems above board, he didn’t need to scam anyone…. Could it be, perhaps, that the previous owners are bitter about selling out cheap, and are engaging in a slap suit to retrieve some money from a high-profile figure?

    Gee, I wonder…….

  2. 2 MJ, editor Bikeweek.com Oct 22nd, 2008 at 7:23 am

    I have a word for those folks: Pay your garage man – you don’t think plenty of people get locked out of their storage units when they don’t pay?

  3. 3 Jason Oct 22nd, 2008 at 7:45 am

    Don’t quote me BUT most states, have a law that if a vehicle is left at a mechanic shop, garage etc. with an unpaid bill, after so many days say 120, the vehicle becomes property of the business with the filed appropriate paperwork. Giving the business the ownership of said vehicle and then they can do whatever they want with it. New York is one of these states with such laws.

  4. 4 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian MotorCycles Oct 22nd, 2008 at 9:56 am

    I have always found Jay to be one of the finest and most ethical guys I am associated with. J seems to hit it right on.
    Keep your chin up Jay, you are tops in my books.

  5. 5 Ben Oct 22nd, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Yup, that’s probably not going to fly. Chin up, Jay! 😉

  6. 6 Sid Oct 22nd, 2008 at 10:55 am

    “keep your chin up”….easier said than done for some

  7. 7 Gerry Oct 22nd, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    A rare 1931 Duesenberg for $180,000??? Jay knew where he was going with that. A steal of a lifetime and bragging rights for years to come. Yes keep that chin up Jay. By the way I am a big fan of Jay and his motor collection.

  8. 8 Rodent Oct 22nd, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Good deal Jay,

  9. 9 dmitriy Oct 23rd, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    A New York City parking garage executive sued along with Jay Leno over their purchases of valuable vintage cars apparently has killed himself.

    Police in upstate Warwick say Dennis Ricca died of a single gunshot wound to the head. He was found Oct. 17 behind the wheel of his pickup truck in his summer home’s driveway, with a handgun by his side.

  10. 10 Mick Chadwick- Custom Cruisers.com Oct 23rd, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Cool dude biker too- doesnt need to rip anyone off- good luck to him- Mick

  11. 11 Steve Budge Oct 27th, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Do you really think rich people don’t rip off others. Ha HA.
    Look at our economy. I am not saying Leno did anything wrong
    but how much money he has does not make him ethical or not.
    Plenty of rich crooks around and plenty of crazies around too.
    Gee, really, come on now. Can you believe this guy?

  12. 12 Randy Lee Jan 3rd, 2009 at 12:30 am

    The garage cheated Mr. Strauss. They sent him a bill for the storage on the garage that had the Duesy and the Rolls. When he paid that bill, they applied that money to a bill he owed on another garage, one storing lesser cars that they *conveniently* forgot to bill him for.

    Then they sell a car worth nearly a million dollars to Jay Leno for $180,000? I don’ t buy it. Why would the garage company give the car away? They’re huge Leno fans?! C’mon! Somebody paid somebody off hoping that by making it look like the car wasn’t worth that much the family wouldn’t pursue it. Leno and the Garage both appear to be in on a very scummy deal. The guy who “shot himself” was in on it too, as he ended up with the Rolls for less than it was worth. But he ain’t talking now is he…

  13. 13 butch cole Aug 25th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    storage facility in indianapolis auctions contents of storage units when the bill goes unpaid. A lucky buyer paid two hundred dollars and found a mercedes benz under piles of clothing. Should the previous owner get his car back? Laws are made to protect businesses from losses. Lucky buyers make out.

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