You Have to See This 1968 Ford Bronco With the Heart of the Shelby GT500 That Stopped by Jay Leno’s Garage
Recently Restored 1969 Ford Mustang 429 Boss Gets Jay Leno’s Attention: Video
Jay Leno has seen a lot of cars in his life as a passionate auto collector and, by now, it takes a special kind of car to get his attention. It just so happens that a beautifully restored 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, a classic Mustang if there ever was one - fits that “special kind of car” description.
Recently, the comedian and world famous auto collector hosted this particular Mustang boss 429 in an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. Leno also invited Marcus Anghel of Anghel Restorations to talk in detail about the process of restoring this car back to opulence after being purchased for just $4,934.76. A lot of work was put into the restoration of the car, which eventually received a new front fascia, front spoiler, a very noticeable hood scoop, modified fenders, and all the way down to period-correct boss 429 badging and smog pump. Under its hood, the Mustang also got Ford’s massive 7.0-liter 429 V-8 engine that produces 375 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, numbers that Anghel says were conservative because of Ford’s decision to detune them for road use since the engine was initially used for racing purposes, specifically in NASCAR.
Today, this Mustang Boss 429 is about as unique as any classic Mustang in the road. For those who don’t know, Ford only built 1,358 examples of the Boss 429, making it one of the rarest and most sought-after Mustangs in history.
And, as you can expect from Leno, he managed to spend some time behind the wheel of the Mustang Boss 429, an occurrence that shows the kind of cache that Jay Leno has as a car collector.
Jay Leno Meets A Heavily Tuned Ford Fairlane: Video
The 1967 Ford Fairlane is probably not the car you’d imagine to get invited toJay Leno’s garage. But nothing about this particular Fairlane counts as ordinary. It’s the creation of Stephen Stroppe and his team over at Pure Vision Design and it bears the name Black Ops, shiny blue paint finish notwithstanding.
The created history behind this Fairlane is as colorful as its two-tone body color. According to Stroppe, it started of as an ordinary Fairlane that wasn’t different from any of the other mid-sized sedans that also used the name. But along the process of actually building it, Stroppe and his team concocted a story that eventually served as the backbone of the whole build. From there, they started working on the car, going so far as to source parts from period-correct cars, including the Mercury Cougar and fellow Ford alums of that time, the Mustang and the Shelby Cobra.
Eventually, the team managed to create a rollicking ride on four wheels. It has a 427 engine that can produce 650 horsepower, although that figure appears to be on the conservative side of the estimate as Leno himself notices during the customary test drive in the tail end of the episode. It’s an interesting car to say the least. It’s also a good example of what happens when you have good storytellers who also happen to be good at building custom cars to fit their personalities.
Jay Leno Dusts Off His Ford Festiva-Based Shogun Hot Hatch: Video
For someone who literally has a treasure trove of classic and exotic cars sitting in his garage, Jay Leno seems to have quite the soft sport for his Ford Festiva-based Shogun hatchback. Make no mistake about it though, the Shogun isn’t just an ordinary hatchback. In fact, it’s probably the closest thing to physically embodying what the term “pocket rocket” means.
The history of the Shogun dates all the way back to 1989 when two engineers – Chuck Beck and Rick Titus – decided to take a seemingly boring Festiva and swapped the backseat for a Yamaha-sourced 3.0-liter V-6 engine from the Ford Taurus SHO that pumped out 220 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. The two also worked on the aerodynamics (check out those massive rear fenders) of the car until it weighed just 2,190 pounds. The result was a hatchback that could sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just five seconds to go with a top speed of 145 mph. Remember, this was 1989.
Only seven Shoguns were built and Leno, like the true collector that he is, owns chassis ’003’ of the seven models. Once he got it, Leno injected NOS into the engine, adding another 90 horsepower to the mix and bringing the total up to around 300 horsepower. Needless to say, the Shogun drives unlike any hatchback from any era, including this one.
Combine that with the sound of the engine and the sheer rarity of the car and you get a proper hot hatch that has clearly lasted the test of time. Just watching Leno take the Shogun out for a spin and hearing that Taurus SHO engine come to life is why this hot hatch has earned its status as a certified pocket rocket.
Jay Leno Gets Cozy With The 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R: Video
Jay Leno’s love for anything involving Carroll Shelby is so well-documented that nobody was surprised when Leno purchased the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R the moment it became available. The former host of the Tonight Show admitted as much in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, which incidentally featured the latest - and some say, greatest - Mustang to have ever been built.
Those are lofty praises for a model that has seen its share of iconic models over the years and yet, Leno seems to believe that if the new Shelby GT350R isn’t the best, it’s definitely in the conversation. I’m not one to disagree with a man who knows more about cars than most people, so when he heaps praise on the new Shelby GT350R like there’s no tomorrow, it’s probably best to take on his word.
Fortunately, Leno had Mustang head engineer Jamal Hameedi on hand to talk shop about the GT350R. Together, they dive deep into the things that make the GT350R stand out, spending close to 25 minutes on the subject. It’s a very enlightening discussion that shouldn’t be spoiled, especially for those who plan to watch the episode in its entirety.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to spill the beans on what Leno and Hameedi discussed, although I will tell you that, like most episodes of Jay Leno’s Garage, it ends with Jay taking the car out for a spin. Watch out for that the sound of that rare, bespoke, normally aspirated 5.2 liter V-8 engine. It lets out quite a wallop.
The woodie car, essentially a vehicle with rear bodywork constructed of wood framework with infill wood panels, was born in the early 1900s. Initially used for trucks and other hauling vehicles, wood eventually became popular on other types of cars as well, ranging from anything from convertibles to wagons. Detroit built both entry-level and luxury cars equipped with wooden bodywork for half a century, although the number of nameplates sold as woodies diminished significantly until their complete extinction in the 1980s.
Although woodie cars were extremely popular in the 1930s, they weren’t exactly pleasant to drive. Most of them were big and heavy, and maintaining the wood bodywork that made them special back in the day was a nightmare. Exposing them to weather had disastrous results because these cars don’t react nicely when hit by direct sunlight or humidity. The wood swells and/or shrinks before it eventually cracks, leaving its driver with a car that’s unsafe to drive. Not that they were safe to drive when brand-new since those wooden doors were way too thin to protect the car’s occupants in any way.
Still, woodies are an important part of the American automotive history and a culture a lot of enthusiasts still cherish. Maintaining and restoring these vehicles is a lot more difficult when compared to metal-bodied cars, which led to the establishment of several specialty shops for woodies. One of them is Hot Rods & Hobbies, which brought a couple of 1937 Fords to Jay Leno’s Garage. Both vehicles are light restomods, which basically means they appear stock except for the slightly lowered suspension, but feature modern underpinning and beefed-up engines. One of them, for instance, is powered by a Roush, 5.8-liter, V-8 powerplant, which definitely eliminated the laziness of Ford’s 1937 Woodie (these heavy cars had 60- and 85-horsepower V-8s back in the day).
Whether you like woodies or not, this is a video you definitely need to watch. Not so much for the cars, but for the extraordinary insight provided by Hot Rods & Hobbies’ Scott Bonowski on restoring woodie cars. Check it out by clicking the play button above.
Jay Leno’s Garage is one of our favorite web series on YouTube. You’ve probably noticed that by now considering how often we feature Jay Leno’s show on our pages.
Recently, the show celebrated a milestone when it reached 1 million subscribers. Achievements like this aren’t being set aside by people and/or car companies these days. Remember, we just featured Mercedes-Benz last week for celebrating its 17 million fans on Facebook.
So it wasn’t at all surprising that Jay Leno would do something similar when Jay Leno’s Garage reached 1 million subscribers. The only question on our minds was how was he going to do it. Well, we finally have our answer.
In typical Leno fashion, Jay didn’t beat around the bushes; he went straight to doing what he knew subscribers of the show would instantaneously appreciate. With a 2015 Ford Mustang GT at his disposal, Jay proceeded to burn the wheels out of the Mustang, performing one burnout and smoking those tires to kingdom come. But as he was doing it, he was actually writing a message to all of his subscribers.
We’re not going to spoil what Jay wrote on the pavement with the burnt rubber, but let’s just say it’s going to make all of the show’s subscribers proud to have been a part of the series meteoric rise in popularity.
Jay’s latest adventure takes a deep dive into hot-rodding history with this beautiful 1932 Ford Highboy roadster. But don’t pass this off as just another deuce coupe. No, this car is the deuce coupe. Jay has with him Bruce Meyer, the car’s restorer and current owner, who tells of a storied past barely imaginable.
The story began in the late 1940s as U.S. soldiers were returning home from the war. At that time, Bob McGee was a student at the University of Southern California and had customized the 1932 Ford in ways never done before. He had notched the frame in order to lower the car, added a custom three-piece hood, V-notched the spreader bar, removed the fenders, shaved the radiator cap and door handles, reworked the car’s interior, and added a 21-stud, Flathead V-8 from a 1934 Ford.
The car then gains even more notoriety when Bob Petersen, the owner of Hot Rod Magazine and Petersen Publishing, shot a picture of McGee in his deuce coupe cruising along the USC campus for the cover of Hot Rod Magazine. As it turns out, McGee’s roadster was one of the first hot rods to grace the magazine’s cover.
McGee eventually had to sell his beloved roadster and the car underwent many other modifications over the years by the hands of several owners. That’s when Bruce Meyer got a hold of it. He painstakingly restored the car back to its original glory, even employing the direction of McGee in his older age.
Now we get to enjoy this piece of history as Jay and Bruce drive the 1932 Ford down its native streets of Southern California. This, my friends, is the definition of hot-rodding.
Jay Leno’s garage is never short on amazing vehicles with loads of historical or performance pedigrees melded into every component. But Jay’s latest guest car is a vehicle with loads of future potential for the mainstream market, though it’s not much to look at.
Starting with a stock Euro-spec Ford Focus, the folks at Ricardo replaced the car’s standard 2.0-liter Duratec inline four cylinder with a 1.0-liter I-4 with a few tricks up its sleeve. The engine features a regular turbocharger, along with an electric supercharger in a setup much like the McLaren P1. (Ricardo helped develop the battery management software for the P1) Designed as a torque fill, the supercharger is powered by electricity stored in super capacitors. Once the driver hits the gas, the supercharger responds within 200 milliseconds, providing boost until the turbo spools up. Once the turbo is pressurized, the supercharger is turned off.
A belt-starter generator running off the engine powers the super capacitors. And because the 1.0-liter is has a stop/start feature, the capacitors also power the belt-starter generator to restart the engine.
Perhaps the two most impressive aspects of the HyBoost system are its efficiency and overall cost. The old 2.0-liter engine averaged around 32 mpg, but the HyBoost improves on that by an impressive 47 percent – meaning the new powertrain achieves roughly 47 to 50 mpg and nearly 60 mpg highway. Then there’s cost. Somehow, Ricardo is potentially able to include this system in a car for roughly $1,100 over its original sticker price.
Though the powertrain is more efficient, it hasn’t given up any performance over the larger 2.0-liter. The setup makes 143 horsepower at 5,500 and still runs the same 9.2-seconds to 60 mph.
We wouldn’t be surprised to find this technology making its way into products in the next few years. As Jay points out in the video, nothing on the car is break-through technology. All the components were pre-existing, so it’s proven technology and should be easy to manufacture.
After a long wait, Ford finally revealed the 2015 Mustang to the world on the December 5, 2013. This time, Ford is going global with the Mustang making it available in multiple markets outside of the U.S.
Currently just a prototype, the 2015 Ford Mustang is not expected to arrive in showrooms anytime soon. That said, the first prototypes have been traveling the globe showcasing all that’s new about the pony car.
The 2015 Ford Mustang GT recently payed a visit to Jay Leno’s Garage. Starting with the Mustang 1, Ford embarked on a journey that created an world famous icon. The first production Mustang with chassis no. 0001 was also at Jay’s garage accompanied by the then CEO of Ford Motor Co.
A good history lesson then, before the 2015 Mustang rolled in and along came the Mustang Chief Engineer who worked on the project. This being a pre-production prototype, Jay did not get to drive it, though.
However, he did get the opportunity of cranking-up the 5.0-liter V-8 engine. And doesn’t she sound like sweet music.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang GT
We are all used to seeing Jay Leno behind the wheel of high-performance cars, like the Shelby GT500. In the latest edition of "Jay Leno’s Garage," however, he decided to give a hot hatchback a try. And what better hot hatch than the Ford Focus ST?
The car was brought to him by Chief Engineer, Jamal Hameedi, who offered a few details on the Focus ST. He explains the technology behind the new, 252-horsepower Focus and why it is considered a global performance vehicle.
After explaining the car in detail, Leno and Hameedi took the car on the road and gave it a moderate thrashing by Jay Leno’s standards. Jay, of course, did not have the space to push the Focus ST to the 154 mph it is capable of hitting, but even so, he still did a great job behind the wheel.
A lot of cars make their way to Jay Leno’s Garage but not a lot of them are of the sports-hatch variety.
The Ford Focus RS is one such car and normally, it doesn’t find its way to Jay Leno’s Garage, because, well, it’s not legal to own in America. But this isn’t an ordinary Focus RS; this one has been stamped and tuned by no less than Galpin Auto Sports.
In this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the affable comedian and certified car nut invited Beau Bachman, the head honcho of Galpin Auto Sports, to his garage with the latter bringing a heavily-tuned Focus RS. The two proceed to talk about the car itself, including the aftermarket work Galpin Auto Sports did to bump up the output to an impressive 420 horsepower, far and away more than the 305-horsepower output of the standard European Focus RS.
Check out the video and click past the jump to know more about the Ford Focus RS after the jump
Jay Leno is finally done going over all of the models seen at the Pebble Beach Concours and has moved on to something newer and possibly, more badass: the 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302. Mustang Chief Engineer, Dave Pericak, also joins the late night talk show host in his review to provide full details on the muscle car.
The 2013 Mustang Boss 302 is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 444 HP and 380 lb/ft of torque. When compared to a standard Mustang, the Boss 302 version features a prominent grille, a new splitter, functional hood extractors, and a new lighting set-up that features HID headlamps and LED-surround taillamps. Add that cool black paint featured in the model Leno reviewed and we have a sick muscle car with discernible style.
Check out the video to see if Jay Leno thinks the new Mustang is worthy of the "Boss" name.
One of the latest models created by Carroll Shelby is the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, so it’s not a surprise that this was the model featured in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.
Next to Leno, Jamal Hameedi, SVT Chief Engineer, was also present providing all of us the best details on the new Mustang GT500. A very interesting thing to know is that Jay was the first guy outside of Ford to drive this 2013 high-performance model, but with a reputation like the one he has, that’s not surprising either!
As a reminder, the 2013 Ford Mustang GT500 is powered by a 5.8-liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 650 HP. Its top speed may reach up to 200 mph, making it the most powerful production V8 in the world! Check out the video to learn more about the amazing Shelby GT500!
Even a guy as steeped in auto history as Jay Leno is still subject to being in awe of certain people. After all, when the comedian was still a young pup, he had already developed a passion for high-performance vehicles with one of which being the Ford Mustang.
Now a full-fledged millionaire and the owner of one of the most awesome car collections you’ll ever find, Leno had no other than the father of the Mustang, Lee Iacocca, drop by and pay him a visit.
Together with his own ’No. 01’ 45th Anniversary Mustang Iacocca Edition, the iconic and legendary businessman credited for the first-ever Mustang talked shop with the comedian, discussing a number of items, including his relationship with Carroll Shelby - another American automotive pioneer - and the roots behind the development of the car that would later became an American icon itself: the Mustang.
After their brief but highly informative chat, Leno was given permission by Iacocca to take his own car out for a spin where true to his mischievous side, Leno decided to shake the 45th Anniversary Mustang Iacocca Edition down and even give it a nice, little burnout.
When Jay Leno finally decides to hang up his talk show gig, maybe he might have a future as a law-enforcement official.
In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Leno invited Gerry Koss, the marketing manager for Ford’s Fleet Operations in North America, and Lisa Teed, the marketing manager for the Ford Police Interceptor, for a little discussion about the company’s two new Police Interceptors.
The two vehicles – a sedan and a utility version – will soon be taking the reins from the venerable Crown Victoria as Ford’s official police vehicles. Ever the car enthusiast that he is, Leno didn’t waste time trying to get to know more about the future of Ford’s police fleet and with the help of both Koss and Teed, he was given a quick tour around the two vehicles and the myriad of unique features that they have that, unfortunately, will be exclusive only for police use. Yeah, no AK-47 holsters for any of us.
Later on, Leno got to spend some time at the LAPD’s official test track to give the Police Interceptor some burn while chasing down an old Crown Victoria Police Car. The comedian even admitted that it was totally fun to be on the other side of a car chase for once and we’ll probably agree with his sentiments if we ever get a chance to sit behind the wheel of these two bad boys.