A very unusual vehicle is featured in this latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. It’s the creation of vehicle modder Dominic Le and it was a surprise star at last year’s SEMA show. So what exactly is it?
The vehicle started out life as a 1974 Datsun Sunny Truck, a tiny pickup truck derived from the Datsun 1200 range and never offered in the United States. This one was sourced from Japan, hence the right-hand-drive setup.
Le has extensively modified the vehicle, though. Key among the changes is the new face which has been made to look like an early ‘70s Skyline. No, Le didn’t go out and destroy an original Skyline. Instead, he made many of the components himself.
There’s also a turbocharged 2.2-liter four-cylinder shoved under the hood to beef up the power. Drive is to the rear wheels only, via a five-speed manual transmission, and the whole thing was dropped on a set of very wide tires.
Le is generous enough to give Leno a drive and, as you'll see in the video, taking on the task of building your own car is not without its pitfalls. This one still needs a bit of refining.