Watch Jay Leno Take His Mercedes-Benz Race Car Transporter for a Spin
It wasn't just the cars Mercedes-Benz raced in the 1950s that attracted attention, sometimes the trip there was the best part. The vehicle they used to transport those cars was just as incredible, and Jay Leno has managed to add the "Blue Wonder" to his impressive collection. This one-of-a-kind Mercedes-Benz, based on the 300 S model from 1954, was used to quickly transport race cars back to the factory whenever they needed work. It was powered by a 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder, direct-injection engine with 189 horsepower. Top speed was around 106 mph. RELATED: See Images of the 2012 Fiat Jay Leno
The first version that was made was sadly scrapped in 1967, but Mercedes-Benz realized its mistake and came up with a solution. They commissioned a $2 million reconstruction of the original using documents found in their archives. It took seven years to complete and was officially unveiled in 2001.
Jay Leno didn't buy that one from Mercedes, so the one you see in the video isn't that vehicle. Instead, what we see Leno driving is a replica of the original transporter. It was built by a Swedish enthusiast who died before it was finished. Leno got his hands on that one and finished the project.
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