By   July 30, 2013

Jay Leno to be at the California Auction with a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster available

Jay Leno will be at the California Auction

From August 1st through the 3rd the California Auction will be taking place and Jay Leno will be there. The car enthusiast and comedian will be providing color commentary for live T.V. coverage of the auction.

The coverage will start on August 2nd on the NBC Sports Network. The current host of the Tonight Show should make the auction entertaining as he gives his take on the cars that are up for auction.

The California Auction will take place in Burbank, California and besides having Jay Leno at the event, there are some great cars available. There will be over 400 cars for sale including some rare European exotics as well as some great Hot Rods.

Some of the cars that will get the most headlines will be the 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, 1986 Ferrari Testarossa driven by Michael Jackson and a 1946 Indian Chief Motorcycle once owned by Steve McQueen</>. This is just a small sample of the high quality cars that will cross the auction block and there will be a number of other cars once owned or driven by celebrities.

Let us know what car you are most interested in at the auction as well as if you will be watching the coverage (or attending the auction) in the comments below.

Press Release

Auctions America is excited to announce that well-known car collector and television personality Jay Leno will make a special appearance and provide color commentary for the live television coverage of its highly anticipated California Auction. NBC Sports Network will provide live coverage on Friday, Aug. 2 from 7-9 p.m. ET and Saturday, Aug. 3, at 1 p.m. ET. Fittingly, the auction will take place at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel on Aug. 1-3, just a few miles from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Jay Leno’s Garage”host’s NBC studios. Auction attendees will be able to watch Leno provide insight and a humorous take on the world of car collecting as he joins NBC Sports Network hosts Bill Patrick and Steve Matchett. The live broadcast of the auction, produced by Roger Wilco Productions, includes more than 400 collector cars ranging from rare European exotics to iconic Southern California Hot Rods along with an exciting series of vehicles with celebrity provenance.

“We are thrilled that Jay Leno will be joining us in Burbank for our debut California sale,” says Auctions America’s Ian Kelleher. “Jay is the perfect person to provide commentary at our first auction in Southern California – while he’s famous for hosting The Tonight Show, his credentials as a collector, curator and driver are impeccable, and we are excited to hear his take on the superb roster of vehicles slated for our Burbank auction block.”

Joining Leno onstage and hosting the auction coverage will be veteran NBC Sports Network broadcasters Bill Patrick and Steve Matchett. Patrick hosted motorsports and automotive coverage on Race Week and has covered every major sporting event during his 25-year broadcasting career, including all four major championships in professional golf, the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, the World Series, the Super Bowl, the NBA Playoffs, the Stanley Cup Playoffs, America’s Cup and the 2008 Olympics. Matchett is an automotive and motorsports analyst with a focus on Formula One for NBC and the NBC Sports Network and formerly worked as a mechanic for the Benetton F1 team.

An auction so close to Hollywood would not be complete without cars with celebrity provenance, and Auctions America’s California sale does not disappoint. Among a long list of highlights set to cross the block are a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, given to Robert Stack by Desi Arnaz after winning an Emmy for “The Untouchables”; the 1967 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow driven by Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in “The Thomas Crown Affair” and the 1951 Mercury Convertible driven by David Lee Roth in his “California Girls” music video. The sale will also lift the gavel on two “General Lee” Dodge Chargers; a 1933 Ford Custom Victoria built by Boyd Coddington for Nicholas Cage; a 1986 Ferrari Testarossa driven by Michael Jackson; the Chip Foose built “Lil’ Foose Coupe” 1932 Ford featured in “Gone in 60 Seconds”; and a 1946 Indian Chief Motorcycle once owned by Steve McQueen, along with several other celebrity cars.

Held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, August 1-3, Auctions America’s multi-day California sale will lift the gavel on more than 400 quality collector cars, including a diverse assortment of American and European classics and sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs to cater to a broad range of automotive tastes. Full event details, including further information on the exclusive NBC Sports Network coverage and the digital auction catalog are available online at auctionsamerica.com or by calling toll free 888-990-3910 (or +1 310-842-3910 outside North America).