Jay Leno checks out a sizzling rod tribute automotive


The Nineteen Fifties sizzling rod increase noticed many artistic builds, together with the 1959 Troy Roadster, a one-off particular constructed by automotive seller Wally Troy. Wisconsin-based 7fifteen Motorworks is now constructing a restricted run of tribute automobiles based mostly on the Troy Roadster, a mission that just lately caught Jay Leno’s eye.

After seeing the tribute automotive, dubbed the 7fifteen Motorworks Troy Indy Particular, at a automotive present, Leno invited co-owner John Kendall to convey the automotive on “Jay Leno’s Storage.”

7fifteen Motorworks Troy Indy Special on Jay Leno's Garage

7fifteen Motorworks Troy Indy Particular on Jay Leno’s Storage

The open-wheel particular combines the look of the 1959 Troy Roadster with trendy parts. That features the tires, that are a lot wider than the originals and provides this tribute automotive a extra hunkered-down stance.

Like different authentic Troy Roadsters, the tribute has aluminum physique panels designed utilizing a 3D scan of the unique automotive, which assist obtain a claimed curb weight of round 2,200 kilos with gasoline and fluids. Impartial pushrod suspension entrance and rear, with Wilwood disc brakes, are used instead of the unique automotive’s stable axles and drum brakes. 

Staying true to the unique automotive’s use of Chevrolet V-8 energy, the tribute automotive has a Common Motors LS3 6.2-liter V-8 producing 495 hp and 486 lb-ft of torque (a 525-hp improve can also be out there). It drives the rear wheels via a 6-speed guide transmission and limited-slip differential sourced from a Cadillac CTS-V.

The Troy Indy Particular was additionally designed to be pushed on public roads, though its minimal exterior lighting and open cockpit will in all probability restrict that to fair-weather days.

A manufacturing run of 33 automobiles is deliberate, with a base worth of $195,000. That buys a visceral driving expertise and a novel look—and Jay Leno’s stamp of approval.


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