According to reports, the estate of a Macy’s heir is suing late-night talk show host and avid car collector Jay Leno for his allegedly illegal possession of his antique 1931 Model J Dusenberg. Apparently, the Model J in question was previously owned by Macy’s heir, John Strauss, and had been garaged along with his 1930 Rolls Royce in Manhattan’s Windsor Garage for 50 years. Unbeknownst to Strauss, in 2005, Windsor Garage took possession of the cars and placed them up for auction, citing $29,000 worth of unpaid parking fees as the cause. Two separate purchasers then acquired ownership of the Strauss’ cars; Jay Leno, the Model J Dusenberg, and an unidentified buyer, the Rolls Royce.
Strauss, who passed away this year, was suffering from dementia at the time and according to the lawsuit, did not consent to the auction of his vehicles under. Despite Windsor Garage’s claim to rightful repossesion, the Strauss legal camp insists the charges are illegitimate and the sale of Strauss’ cars were completed under fraudulent terms. Thusly, the lawsuit is demanding the return of both cars as well as unspecified monetary damages.