Jay Leno takes a look at a hot rod tribute car

Jay Leno takes a look at a hot rod tribute car

The hot rod boom of the 1950s saw many creative builds, including the 1959 Troy Roadster, a one-of-a-kind special built by car dealer Wally Troy. Wisconsin-based 7fifteen Motorworks is now building a limited edition tribute car based on the Troy Roadster, a project that recently caught the attention of Jay Leno.

After seeing the 7fifteen Motorworks Troy Indy Special tribute car at a car show, Leno asked co-owner John Kendall to take the car to “Jay Leno’s Garage”.

7fifteen Motorworks Troy Indy Special at Jay Leno’s Garage

The open-wheel special combines the look of the 1959 Troy Roadster with modern components. This includes the tires, which are much wider than the originals, giving this tribute car a bumpier stance.

Like other original Troy Roadsters, the tribute features aluminum body panels designed from a 3D scan of the original car that help it achieve a claimed curb weight of 2,200 pounds with fuel and fluids. Independent wishbone suspension front and rear with Wilwood disc brakes instead of the original car’s solid axles and drum brakes.


Staying true to the original car’s Chevrolet V-8 performance, the tribute car features a General Motors LS3 6.2L V-8 producing 495 hp and 486 lb-ft of torque (525 hp upgrade available). . Driving the rear wheels is a 6-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential from a Cadillac CTS-V.

The Troy Indy Special is also designed to be driven on public roads, although its minimal exterior lighting and open cockpit will likely limit this to fair weather days.

A production run of 33 cars is planned, with a base price of $195,000. It delivers a visceral driving experience and a unique look – and Jay Leno’s stamp of approval.

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