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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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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.
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.