Jay Leno Has Some Fun With A Custom-Built 1915 LaBestioni Rusty Two: Video
A pretty unusual car makes its way to Jay Leno’s Garageby Kirby Garlitos, on
It takes a pretty unique car to leave Jay Leno little time to talk about it, but between the uniqueness of this 1915 LaBestioni Rusty Two and the exuberance of owner Gary Wales, that’s exactly what we saw in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. Now I’ve seen a lot of unique cars appear in Leno’s popular auto series, but this one has got to be right up there on top of that list.
The retro-styled look of the custom-built vehicle is definitely worthy of attention. Same thing for its massive 14.0-liter six-cylinder engine and the size of those cast iron pistons. All these things by themselves are unique. Put them all together and you get a vehicle that really escapes conventional description.
All that said, the best part of this episode isn’t in the final product, but the way it got to where it is today. See, this custom-built roadster on steroids actually sits on an American LaFrance fire truck frame. Wales and a friend of his recovered the frame in May 2014 and proceeded to spend the next year building up the vehicle. Most of the mechanical were kept stock, but the two did put in some modifications to the power steering and the brake discs. They also made some upgrades on the massive six-cylinder engine. Most importantly, they put in serious work on the roadster’s design, the blueprint of which Wales admitted sat only in his head. Whatever look he had in mind, the final product looks absolutely stunning.
Needless to say, Leno was impressed and as is always the case, he got to spend some time behind the wheel of the Rusty Two. It’s not the fastest car Leno has ever driven, but the look on his face as he drives it says everything about the uniqueness of the Wales’ Rusty Two.