It's about 6 meters long, weighs 3 tons, and has no power steering. So the Hongqi is not as dynamic as the supercars Jay is used to. But it is draped in history.
We feel inclined not to believe everything the owner of the car says, as he seems to agree politely with everything Leno says. The Hongqi is one of China's early attempts at making a luxury car. While it's not directly linked to the ideal of dictatorship, if you owned one of these, you were probably oppressing somebody back in the day.
Besides that, the Chinese used the Mercedes-Benz 600 as their point of inspiration. There has never been a more iconic dictator's car than the 600, so it's only natural that the Hongqi looks like it has blood on its hands.
The engine is a total mystery. Leno looked at it and said he believed it was a Ford Y-block from the 50s. But other sources say it's a Chrysler. We also know that Russians made large limos at the time, and their Volgas and Chaikas had copies of Chrysler engines installed.
Either way, the darn thing kicks the bucket halfway through the review. You've got to love Leno's well-timed sense of humor: "If Chairman Mao were riding in the back, I'd be dead!" Perfect!