Jay Leno's Garage never fails to impress – and by that we mean both the YouTube channel and the actual place. The latest online bit features another truly insane vehicle. Leno's 1930 Bentley GJ 400 isn't actually a classic car and has few Bentley parts on it. It's really a modern custom with vintage looks and a 27-liter Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine for power. This machine is absolutely immense, and weighs over three tons.

The Merlin engine was one the workhorses of World War II-era planes. In the GJ 400, Leno believes the V12 is making around 650-700 horsepower. Although, he admits that it could probably be pushed to over 1,000 if someone wanted to. However, he clearly loves this behemoth just the way it is.

While the design is classic, the mechanicals are relatively modern. The engine is fuel injected, and power routes through an automatic transmission to the rear wheels. Many of the updated pieces are hidden as well. For example, what looks like a blower at the front actually disguises an oil cooler.

This is a hard beast not to love, and it puts a big smile on Jay's face. Scroll down to see if it inspires the same reaction in you.


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      jz78817
      • 7 Months Ago
      they're capable of WAY more if you want to push it. The Unlimited Hydroplane teams were getting 3,000+ hp out of Allison V1710s with twin turbochargers.
        Krazeecain
        • 7 Months Ago
        @jz78817
        Even back in the day they were pushed to over 2000 hp with superchargers.
        CarsInDepth.com
        • 7 Months Ago
        @jz78817
        Allison V1710 you say? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/tom-carrigans-1375-hp-v12-powered-39-chevy-the-allison-car/
          jz78817
          • 7 Months Ago
          @CarsInDepth.com
          yeah, I read that when you posted it. nice write up, especially about the engine itself.
      Lachmund
      • 7 Months Ago
      incredible machine...puts a huge smile on my face
      SpikedLemon
      • 7 Months Ago
      Isn't that the same Bentley that was on Top Gear a few years ago against The Brutus?
      PiCASSO
      • 7 Months Ago
      Wow... just thinking about the turning radius on this one, or evening parking. Otherwise it's a beautiful machine.
      T.rack
      • 7 Months Ago
      That's friggen awesome !!!!
      socalspeedzone
      • 7 Months Ago
      Here it is on Mulholland http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKO8yjH8l18
      MechE
      • 7 Months Ago
      The definition of beast. A tamed one though, the Brutus bomber is an untamed beast.
      Road Kill
      • 7 Months Ago
      I love his shop. I spend hours gazing at all the toys
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