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1927 Ford Model T Hot Rod

1927 Ford Model T Hot Rod

Jay Leno’s Garage showcases a beautiful, durable and (more or less) practical hot rod that started out as half of a rotting Model T. But the real gem here is its builder, Clayton Paddison, who has a couple of touching stories about his car. Test drive at 19:33.

Converse Custom Chuck Taylor All Star

Converse Custom Chuck Taylor All Star
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The quintessential sneaker now has its own NikeID corner. Create your own Chucks by customizing the color or print of its different parts, from the upper to the racing stripes on the midsole. You can even add a message on the heel.

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Fender Mod Shop

Fender Mod Shop

Fender now has an online customizing shop. Start with a Telecaster, Stratocaster, Precision Bass or Jazz Bass body then mix and match pickups, fingerboards, body colors, pickguards and more to suit your needs and taste.

2015 Ducati UMC-038 Hyper Scrambler

2015 Ducati UMC-038 Hyper Scrambler

Jay Leno checks out Untitled Motorcycles’ barebones variant of Ducati’s entry-level bike. The UMC-038 has been stripped down to its bare essentials, along with a custom tank, seat, rear subframe, a Ducati Monster swingarm and a modded QD box exhaust. Test drive at 11:10.

Iron Pirate Ducati SS 750 Kraken

Iron Pirate Ducati SS 750 Kraken

Iron Pirate Garage turned the top-heavy Ducati Supersport 750 into a visually balanced post-apocalyptic bobber. The Kraken’s custom made rear subframe, tank, horizontal exhausts and more. The yellow stripe is a nice visual break and homage to the 750 Imola.

Real Life Arkham Knight Batmobile

Real Life Arkham Knight Batmobile

Gumball 3000 vets Team Galag hired Caresto to turn a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560 into the TGX, an amazing real life version of the Batmobile from Batman: Arkham Knight. Its body is made of carbon fiber panels and it’s actually comfortable and easy to drive.

The Drive: Custom Cars & Their Builders

The Drive: Custom Cars & Their Builders
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From Maximilian Funk and Robert Klanten (The Ride) comes The Drive, a 400-page coffee table book about some of the world’s best custom car makers and their work, including ICON’s Jonathan Ward, RWB’s Akira Nakai and of course George Barris.

Leno’s 1989 Ford Shogun

Leno’s 1989 Ford Shogun

Jay Leno shows off his 1989 Special Editions Ford Shogun. It’s a Ford Festiva modified to fit the Yamaha-made Taurus SHO V6 in the back. It weighs around 2200lb but has 220hp, which Jay boosts to over 300hp with nitro. Test drive at 15:25.

Multidrive x NSV 6×6 Land Cruiser

Multidrive x NSV 6×6 Land Cruiser

Dubai auto shop NSV shows off its 6×6 Toyota 70 Series Land Cruiser. A collaboration with 4×4 and 6×6 conversion specialist Multidrive, this homely pack mule has a 398hp 4L V6 and an active third axle.

Bruiser Conversions Jeep JK Crew

Bruiser Conversions Jeep JK Crew

Bruiser Conversions turns Jeep Wranglers into monstrous off-road pick up trucks that they call the JK Crew. Each build varies in specs, and this particular unit’s already been sold, but the shop can fit it with custom suspension, bumper, tube doors and more.

Off-road Smart Fortwo

Off-road Smart Fortwo

Smart made fun of its compact car’s lack of off-road capabilities. YouTuber Mr George said, “Challenge accepted.” He replaced his Fortwo’s wheels, suspension, radiator and stripped the car bare to make a cute mud buggy. Sadly, it still has the same 41hp engine.

Motorelic Honda FT500 Ascot

Motorelic Honda FT500 Ascot
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Motorelic overhauled Honda’s failed street bike into its ideal form. They lowered its front forks, added a rear hoop then worked their metalworking magic with the front plate, seat and exhaust. Homeward Bound’s racing paint job completed the rebirth. More here.

Impuls BMW k101

Impuls BMW k101
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Munich-based bike builders Philipp Wulk and Matthias Pittner aka Impuls turned a 1985 BMW K100 into this minimal racer. This particular bike features hand-drawn polygonal art by artist Fabian Gatermann. Custom parts include the rear frame, air intake and exhaust.

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Sung Kang’s ’73 Datsun 240Z

Sung Kang’s ’73 Datsun 240Z

Jay Leno’s Garage checks out the Fugu Z, a 1973 Datsun 240Z restomodded by Fast and Furious actor Sung Kang. The stripped down sports car has a tweaked 300hp Nissan R32 engine and a formidable body kit that’s balanced with perfect white paint. More on Autoblog.

Lazareth LM 847 Motorcycle

Lazareth LM 847 Motorcycle

This totally bonkers motorcycle from French custom shop Lazareth puts its rider atop a monstrous Maserati 4.7-liter V8. In all, the bike packs 470 horses and 457 lb-ft. of torque, and basically looks like a car engine with wheels. We can’t imagine how hot that seat gets.

Leno Checks out the Charger Tantrum

Leno Checks out the Charger Tantrum

Jay Leno’s Garage gets up close and personel with SpeedKore’s insanely powerful 1650hp showcar, one of the most understated and comfortable hot rods you’ll ever see. Test drive at 17:39.

Deus Ex Machina Firefly

Deus Ex Machina Firefly

Deus Ex Machina’s new Japan branch turned a 1961 Honda Super Cub – the Beetle of motorcycles – into a race-ready machine. Aside from increasing the engine’s output by 20%, the shop also custom made parts such as the monocoque body and adjustable race shocks.

The Street Legal Stock Car

The Street Legal Stock Car

“I think when it’s done it’s gonna be amazing. Roadkill amazing anyway.” The clinically insane folks at Roadkill spent only 5 days haphazardly making a circle track car street legal by giving it a 1970 Monte Carlo’s body. Behold, the NASCarlo. Will When will it break down?

1942 Legacy 6×6 Power Wagon

1942 Legacy 6×6 Power Wagon

Legacy Classic Trucks founder Winslow Bent graced Jay Leno’s Garage with one of their restorations. It’s a Dodge WC63 military transport truck that’s been reborn into an undying tank for when the boss wants to role-play as a working man.

1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum

1970 Dodge Charger Tantrum

Wisconsin-based auto shop SpeedKore shows off its talent with this evil hot rod. The Tantrum has a mind-boggling 1650hp 9L Mercury Racing twin-turbo V8, custom carbon fiber body kit and one of the best paint jobs we’ve ever seen.

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British Customs Classic Tracker

British Customs Classic Tracker
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British Customs worked with “the godfather of street trackers” Richard Pollock of Mule Motorcycles to turn a 2015 Bonneville T100 Black into a flat tracker that can compete and look good doing it.

Leno Checks out the Darth Vader Car

Leno Checks out the Darth Vader Car

Jay Leno’s Garage talked to Hot Wheels’ designer and builder about the fully functioning life-size replica of the Darth Vader toy car. It’s amazing how Leno got through such a lengthy interview while barely knowing anything about Star Wars. Test drive at 17:13.

Bandit9 Ava

Bandit9 Ava
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Custom motorcycle shop Bandit9 continues to redefine the Honda Supersport. Like her predecessor Eve, Ava has a skinny and shiny handmade steel unibody. It also has a custom front cowl, front suspension, brake light and leather seat. Limited to 9 units.

1932 Ford Double Down

1932 Ford Double Down

Originally made by Fuller Moto for Jet-Hot, the Double Down is a wicked all-wheel drive hot rod based on the 1932 Ford coupe. It has a Jon Kaase Boss Nine engine that produces up to 825 hp, and custom made Indy-style suspension. It will be auctioned off on 1/23/16.

Ellaspede 2014 Yamaha XT660R

Ellaspede 2014 Yamaha XT660R

It looks like a fairly standard, but good looking off-road bike at first glance… until you check out the stock model. Australian bike shop Ellaspede made the tank, panels, shrouds, seat, pannier racks and the muffler for the exhaust pipes under the seat.

1967 Ferrari Thomassima II

1967 Ferrari Thomassima II
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One of the four fabled custom cars by legendary Ferrari superfan and car designer Tom Meade. Restored by Red Car Restorations, the Thomassima II is based on a ’57 Cooper Climax F1 chassis and has a Ferrari 250 V12 engine.

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