Leno Falls For a 700 HP 1948 Buick Super Convertible

by Sam Jemielity

We’re big fans of bespoke automaker Jonathan Ward, and his rolling works of art are something we dream of one day being able to afford. Known best for his masterfully modified reinterpretations of Toyota FJs and Ford Broncos, Ward has also branched out into the “derelict” market, reviving sun-baked old vehicles by capitalizing on decades worth of wear-and-tear to stunning effect.

Ward is no stranger to Jay Leno’s show, and he stopped by recently with his latest creation: a painstakingly restored 1948 Buick Super Convertible. At a glance, you’d think this unassuming jalopy would be hard-pressed to drive Miss Daisy to synagogue, but Ward has a surprise in store, to the tune of a 700 horsepower, supercharged LS9 engine from a Corvette ZR1 under the hood. It’s got top-of-the-line brakes, a stiff chassis, and state-of-the-art suspension. Unsuspecting Porsche owners, beware at the next stop light.

Even Jay Leno – a driver who’s as “been there, done that” about cars as most people on the planet – can’t contain his peels of laughter while taking this gorgeous retro ride for a spin.

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