Jay Leno, comedian and car enthusiast extraordinaire, might be best known for his time as host of The Tonight Show, but it’s his philanthropic efforts that are getting attention these days. Leno boasts an extensive car collection, and has auctioned yet another one of his one-of-a-kind cars off for a good cause.
On January 17th, with the help of Gooding & Company auction house, Leno auctioned off his all-black 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8. The unique SRT was one of 6,400 models first released that were pre-sold to car enthusiasts. The money was raised for a cause close to Leno’s heart – the United Service Organizations (USO). The USO is a non-profit organization that provides support for U.S. military members and their families.
This isn’t the first time Leno has offered support to the USO. He recently toured overseas deployment stations in partnership with the USO, thanking service members and providing entertainment along the way.
Jay Leno’s 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 earned a whopping $565,625 at auction, where Leno was present, along with USO president J.D. Crouch II and former Army chief of staff General George W. Casey, Jr. According to autoblog.com, the bidding was fast and furious and resulted in a bid of $360,000 plus $200,000 in additional contributions.
Here at Withnell Dodge, we proudly support our military members, and couldn’t be happier that the auction was so incredibly successful.