Back in 1970, Jay Leno was still a young man. A young man with a talent for making people laugh, obviously, but- more importantly- a young man who loved cars. Leno loved- and still loves- all types of cars, from his famous Stanley Steamer to some seriously fast machines. Even so, some cars will speak to him more loudly than others, if only because every generation has its own bonkers hyper car. In the 1980s, that car was the Lamborghini Countach. In the 90s, it was a toss-up between the Lamborghini Diablo and the McLaren F1. Today, it’s all about the Bugatti Veyron– a fact proved every time Ferrari, Porsche, and McLaren announce a new “Bugatti-beating” flagship. If you’re a little bit older- like, Jay Leno’s age- your iconic hyper car might be a little bit weirder. Weirder like- well, it might be an orange Mercedes!
Between 1970 and 1978, Mercedes’ C111 super car set a number of speed and endurance records, eventually reaching 325 kph (just over 201 MPH) powered by a multi-rotor Wankel rotary engine and more than 400 kph with twin-turbo V8 power- it was a record that would stand for nearly 25 years.
That’s a pretty impressive resume for any car. It should come as no surprise, then, that Jay Leno has leveraged his fame and the popularity of his new TV show, Jay Leno’s Garage, to get him- finally!- behind the wheel of the car he dreamed of driving as a teenager. You can watch Jay’s test drive of one of the nearly production-ready Mercedes C111 super cars, above, then let us know what you think of Leno’s new show in the comments, below. Enjoy!