On the latest episode of Jay Leno’;s Garage the guest’;s are each from within the garage: the guy they call Professor Jim Hall, Leno’;s master fabricator, and the 1966 Lotus 26R that he spent 18 months building. The Elan 26R was the racing model of the Elan that Lotus founder Colin Chapman started constructing right after watching privateer teams prep their roadgoing Elans for competitors duty all over Europe. Constructed by the factory from 1964-1966, drivers like Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart won silverware in the roadster known as “the giant killer.”
Hall, a veteran Lotus wrench, commenced with the 1966 Elan street automobile and turned it into a 26R which is arguably much better than the factory original. Except for the engine block and head, unique 26R physique and Elan chassis, just about almost everything is custom constructed, very modified or particular buy, from the fabricated oil pan, brake lines, safety wiring and oval exhaust tubing to the 6-velocity sequential transmission.
The episode is an unusually-extended 21 minutes because, as an in-property construct, Leno can go by means of the method of placing the whole roadster together. When he will take it for a drive and keeps going on about how it sings, you can hear it, as well. It truly is worth the time to check out Mr. Hall’;s Opus in the video under.