Jay Leno has arguably one of the best jobs in the world. After a successful career in stand-up and as a host of The show tonight for 22 years, Jay has been enjoying his retirement working on the hit series, Jay Leno’s Garage.
Not only can he follow his automotive passion by keeping his massive collection of classic cars located in Burbank, California, but he also enjoys driving other people’s cars.
Whether it’s driving Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias’ 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS or Post Malone’s 1,800 horsepower Hennessey Venom F5, Jay is certainly living his dream. In his latest episode of CNBC’s Jay Leno’s Garage, Jay sits down with actor James Marsden to discuss several cars from his automotive past, including a very special 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme.
The Story of James Marsden’s Oldsmobile Cutlass
During this part of the episode titled “This Is Your Automotive Life”, Jay stands with James in front of a closed garage. The goal is for James to find out what the car from his own past is when Jay gives him some clues.
James explains that growing up in Oklahoma, he would secretly take his mother’s old Cutlass Supreme out onto dirt roads to learn how to fish and countersteer the car. His mother of course thought he was just going to the store to buy a loaf of bread.
After starting the engine, James knows it’s a V8. He then realizes that it is the legendary Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme of the 1980s, like the one he drove when he was 13 years old.
James notes that this particular example is perfect due to the crack in the windshield. He says he wouldn’t normally wear his seatbelt in the car. Once he went over a pothole and flew headfirst into the windshield, causing it to crack.
The other old cars of James Marsden
James is able to guess the next car just by hearing the horn sound several times. He says it sounds like something “4 cylinder, Japanese”. The car is a 1984 Honda Accord. James says this car was the car that took him from Oklahoma to Los Angeles to become an actor. Although his car is a manual transmission, he says he regrets it because of the Los Angeles traffic.
The last car from James’ past is a 1996 Mazda Miata. James remembers that he and his son built the car for the race track, so the car has sentimental value to the actor. He even offers to sell it to Jay to which he respectfully declines.
The episode of Jay Leno’s Garage with James Marsden airs Wednesday, October 19 at 10 p.m. ET on CNBC.