American talk show host Jay Leno's obsession with the vintage car that sparked a lawsuit against him last month (Oct08) has inspired a new TV series.
The six-part series, Celebrity Rides: Jay's Duesenberg, follows Leno's restoration of the 1931 town car - one of two antique cars that belonged to John Strauss - heir to U.S. department store MACy's.
According to a lawsuit filed by the estate, the cars were held in a Manhattan, New York garage for 50 years until they were put up for auction in 2005 without his knowledge, leading to Leno's purchase.
Garage owner Dennis Ricca - who shot himself in the head days after the suit was filed - claimed the cars were sold after Strauss failed to pay $29,000 (GBP19,277) in parking fees.
Trustees for the estate of the MACy's heir refute the claims and are demanding the return of the cars, plus unspecified damages.
But Leno's lawyer, Bruce Bronster, insists the series was planned long before the suit was filed.
Bronster tells the New York Post, "Mr. Leno only recently in the last couple of months found out about this lawsuit. Everything that he did was above board, he was represented by counsel (during the purchase) and we have no comment on the ongoing litigation."
The lawyer for the Strauss family has declined to comment.
Leno's series is scheduled to air in the U.S. next May (09).