Jay Leno Reviews 1967 Bertone Pirana: Video
Those of you who have been following Jay Leno’s Garage from the very beginning are probably aware it started out as a series about the former show host’s car collection. Each episode showcased a new exhibit as Leno told its story before taking it out for a spin. More recently though, Leno began playing host to all sorts of special-edition and unique vehicles, such as the Ronin RS 211, RingBrothers’ 1966 Chevelle "Recoil", and even a restomod 1937 Ford Woodie. The trend continues in this new episode that sees the 1967 Bertone Pirana take center stage in Jay’s famous garage.
Don’t panic if you’re not familiar with this classic grand tourer. The Pirana is actually unique, as it was built by Bertone for the Daily Telegraph, a British newspaper which commissioned it as a publicity stunt. Quite unusual, huh? The car was based on the chassis of the Jaguar E-Type and also used its 4.2-liter inline-six engine. The most intriguing detail about it, though, is that its styling is awfully similar to the Lamborghini Espada, which Bertone produced a year later in 1968. Both ends and the greenhouse are nearly identical to the Espada, with the longer hood being the main detail that sets it apart from Lambo’s iconic GT.