• Oct 8th 2010 at 2:59PM
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Jay Leno samples the new Scarab – Click above to watch video after the jump

Jay Leno gets to spend many a minute examining some of the coolest rides on the planet. The latest vehicle to grace his garage is a modern revival of a classic racing name – Scarab.

The original Scarab was a race car built for Lance Reventlow, a wealthy young playboy who was the only child to Barbara Hutton, the heiress to the Woolworth's fortune. Reventlow wasn't just a rich kid looking for some excitement, he started racing Cooper Formula 2 cars in Europe before opening Reventlow Automobiles back in Venice, California. The car his team campaigned was the beautifully proportioned Scarab and it achieved success right out of the gate. Carroll Shelby even spent time behind the wheel of a Scarab, breaking the course record at Continental Divide Raceway in the process. The car has an impressive history but its not widely spoken about because of its short lifespan.

Formed in 2008, Scarab Motorsports is looking to revive the name coined by Reventlow. Starting with a handcrafted aluminum body built to the original car's specifications, the Scarab Motorsports team adds coilover shocks and springs, Wilwood 12-inch rotors with stainless steel lines and the standard array of items necessary to make this a street legal vehicle. The price of the new Scarab starts at $79,750 and that 's just for the rolling chassis and a bunch of standard items. There are many optional items available as well, including a right-hand drive setup, roll hoop and other competition-minded features.

Check out Leno talking about the car with its creator, then taking it out for a spin. The video is parked in section A-J, as in after the jump.

[Sources: Jay Leno's Garage, Scarab Motorsports]

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      While it's not terribly distinctive from the better cars of the era (Aston Martin, Ferrari, Maserati, etc.), it is indeed beautiful. And its beauty is not skin deep either. This segment gets better as it goes on, looking at all the components and how well they've been put together, and it finished brilliantly with that amazing American V8 sound.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry, but when I think Scarab, I think Baywatch.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Go to the corner and wear your dunce cap, Hasselhoff
      • 4 Years Ago
      When I think of cars named Scarab, I think of this bad boy: http://www.ohtm.org/35StScarab.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very nice car.........
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      Say what you will about Jay Leno, but the guy is a true lover of classic cars and a good spokesman for them. Some of the guys who restore these -- while brilliant -- are not exactly charasmatic on film.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When i asked John Morton what his favorite car was, this is the car he was talking about. very beautiful car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ( I meant with 3:00 left!)
      • 4 Years Ago
      So now you can get a Superfomance Cobra Coupe, GT40 and Scarab authentic recreations? We live in amazing times. Pure awesome.
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