Jay Leno Starts Up 30s Bentley Powered By Engine That Won WWII

Jay Leno Starts Up 30s Bentley Powered By Engine That Won WWII | World War Wings Videos

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That’s A Lot Of Ponies Under The Hood!

Most people know of Jay Leno, but for those of you who don’t for some reason, we’ll tell you what you need to know. Not to do him any injustice, but the quick version is that Leno is a television host who made enough money to invest in really rare and unique cars. He now has a show called Jay Leno’s Garage and stuns his viewers with some of the craziest cars in the world.

A front right view of a black-painted Merlin engine. | JAW / Public Domain

In this installment, we take a look at a 1930s Bentley which he had restored from the chassis up. What is relevant to our beloved World War II planes however, is what he put under the hood. It’s impressive, to say the least.

It just drinks a lot of gas. Man, it drinks a lot of gas.-Jay Leno

Although this isn’t a classic as Leno opted to put in some modern pieces into the build like a fuel injector and such, this is still a work of art. Powered by a 27 liter Merlin engine, it produces over 650 horsepower, although Leno said you can max it out at over 1,000.

Another one of his cars, the Hispano-Suiza 8 special. | Alan Light / Public Domain

Either way, Jay will walk you through some really interesting facts of this vintage car. From the engine to the frame, this is one car you have to see. It sounds identical to the actual Spitfire!

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