When you think of electronic fuel injection, plastic “EFI” badges probably come to mind — or, you just picture the car you drove to work today. Regardless, the carburetor-killing fuel-injection system that came into its own in the 1980s and 1990s made its first appearance on a car in the 1950s. Namely, this 1958 Chrysler 300D. The system also arrived on other models, but it reportedly didn’t work all that well.
Like the other cantankerous fuel-injection systems of its day, these units were often replaced with a more common intake manifold and carburetor combination. The more familiar induction system made the car easier to own and more manageable to maintain. This example, owned and restored by Jay Leno’s personal painter Per Blixt, was one of those that had the fuel-injection system replaced with a carburetor. Blixt spent nearly a decade hunting down all of the correct pieces to restore the fuel-injection system and updated it to make it more user-friendly. This fuel-injection system obviously sits atop a 392-cid Chrysler Hemi.
Unsurprisingly, Blixt meticulously restored the rest of the car to the standard you’d expect from Leno’s personal painter. While showing Leno the car, it’s obvious that Blixt enjoys the car often, judging by the trunk full of detailing gear and other classic car accouterments.
Watch Jay Leno tool around in Blixt’s forward-look Chrysler in the video above.
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