Jay Leno isn't really known as a punishing driver. If Jay Leno's Garage is any indication, you know that he might get on the throttle a little bit, but he's hardly reckless. However, this week Leno actually does a little damage to the car he's driving while showcasing the 1969 Oldsmobile 442 restomod owned by his buddy, guitarist Paul Jackson Jr., formerly of The Tonight Show Band.

The Olds received a two-and-a-half year restoration to get the muscle car to its current condition. Other than its big wheels, it looks pretty stock on the outside. Once the hood is opened, all is revealed, though. It packs a big-block V8 crate engine with a meaty 750 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque that routes to the rear via a three-speed automatic with overdrive. With all that power, fuel economy isn't stellar; Jackson says that the 442 gets in the neighborhood of just 5 miles per gallon.

The two guys spend a long time taking it for a drive this week, and you really get a chance to hear the growl of that big V8. All the conversation almost channels Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, just without the java. Also, make sure to stay tuned after they return to the garage. That's when Jay puts the Olds up on the lift to inspect the damage. Scroll down to check out an enviably updated piece of American muscle, abysmal fuel economy or no.


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      Number23
      • 5 Months Ago
      I hope Jay buys the guy some new headers.
      ragtopdodge
      • 5 Months Ago
      Needs a W-30 hood.
      Santino
      • 5 Months Ago
      Great Musician, and very nice guy. The car is very nice, but a Chevy engine, NO! shoud have kept the Big Block Olds, not at all original anymore......
      Dennis
      • 5 Months Ago
      I think Jay is good for the damage done.... can't everyone take a chill pill and enjoy looking at the car? Don't be so negative.... good grief.
      Stuka87
      • 5 Months Ago
      Love the car, shame its an auto. Makes that great engine sound horrible. Idle is fine, but accelerating with an auto just sounds horrible when compared to the growl you get with a manual. As for the headers, the car has hardly any miles on it. So just one of those things they did not notice before. Very common issue though.
      • 5 Months Ago
      Two and a half years to restore that!! Why so long, those guys at Gas Monkey and other shows on Discovery can restore a car like that in two and a half weeks.
      boostedmx5
      • 5 Months Ago
      Nice car and a cool owner. That is a bummer that fancy suspension they focused on didn't protect the headers.
      jphyundai
      • 5 Months Ago
      Jay, visit www.transmissionadaptors.com and get a Bendsten's Spped Gem transmission adaptor for the big block. A 5 speed or 6 speed manual or at least an overdrive automatic would work wonders for economy and drivability.
      ragtopdodge
      • 5 Months Ago
      and shorty headers. Not racing it, so no biggie if you lose a little HP for more ground clearance.