Leno bought his 1962 SP250 sight unseen, and he has taken a few years to revitalize it with some modern upgrades, like better brakes and a Tremec five-speed gearbox. The car's weird styling remains, though, with a protruding face up front and fins at the rear. In any case, the real substance here is underneath the hood with Daimler's own 2.5-liter, hemi V8, and once Leno takes it on a drive you wonder why this engine isn't more famous. It has a fantastic burble under throttle that really stirs the soul.
Unfortunately, the drive in this clip is Leno's very first in the Daimler, and it doesn't go perfectly. Still, this is a chance to learn more about a largely forgotten vintage sports car, and Jay eventually limps home in the SP250 safely.