Jay Leno gets his hands on a fair amount of custom-built machines that have a great story. This 1957 Chevrolet 210 fits the bill: it was built by a father-and-son duo and is one badass hot rod.
War veterans Aaron and Richard Raher stopped by Leno’s garage in their Chevrolet 210 that was built from just a naked frame and body shell. The father-son duo found another vehicle to gather parts from and got to work in their garage. When Aaron Raher was deployed to Iraq, his father Richard, who served in the Vietnam War, continued to work on the Chevy. After two and a half years, the Rahers finished the build with Aaron driving it for the past six years.
The vehicle isn’t a performance-oriented build, but one that focuses on usability, as Aaron would have to commute roughly 80 miles to work. The vehicle still uses the original drivetrain, including a 283 V8 engine with a few minor enhancements, which include new headers and camshafts. As a nod towards the veterans’ tours, the vehicle wears a license plate that reads “CBT V,” which reflects Aaron’s Combat Veteran medal for Valor, as well as the bullet casings from 556 rounds for the door locks.
It’s not the fastest car to grace Leno’s garage, but the story behind the build definitely makes it one of the most memorable. Check out the video to hear the full story behind the father-son build and Leno’s thoughts on the hot rod.