He described the steering as light and says that the high torque output means that gear changes can be kept to a minimum. “That is one of the best cars I’ve ever driven,” said Leno after his joyride. He was especially impressed by the light, easy steering. Weighing in at around 2,200 pounds, it’s easy to see why the Yeller was such a success. The car made such a strong impression in its heyday that even Carroll Shelby raced it.
Nagamatsu hinted that it was this car that planted the seed of the Shelby Cobra which followed. Both cars followed the same formula of a powerful V8 with a light body so we can see how this makes sense. Balchowsky would be proud that his creation is still being appreciated decades later.