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Joe Biden gets rare permission to drive his '67 Corvette, proceeds to burn rubber

Joe Biden is in no hurry to stop serving his country, but there is one thing he's excited to regain shortly after his term is up: the chance to get back behind the wheel. Specifically the wheel of his 1967 Corvette.

Appearing in a special preview of the upcoming season of "Jay Leno's Garage," Vice President Biden is able to secure permission from the Secret Service to drive his four-speed Stingray. That's a gift not often bestowed upon a sitting VP, who is normally restricted from driving until at least six months after he leaves office.

"I owe you big," Biden tells Leno, moments before pulling a massive burnout at a secure Washington D.C. training facility. "You realize this is only the third time I've gotten to drive this in seven years?"

Vice President Joe Biden drives his ’67 Corvette with Jay Leno riding shotgun on the latest season of CNBC’s "Jay Leno’s Garage.”
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Vice President Joe Biden drives his ’67 Corvette with Jay Leno riding shotgun on the latest season of CNBC’s "Jay Leno’s Garage.”

The Corvette isn't just any old muscle car. It holds a lot of sentimental value for all the Bidens.

"My dad didn't have a lot of money, but he ran the largest Chevrolet dealership in the state for years," Biden says. The '67 Corvette was his father's wedding gift to him. That makes it worth much more to his family than its estimated value ($78,000, according to the show).

As a Christmas gift years ago, the vice president's sons had the engine rebuilt.

Vice President Joe Biden’s 1967 Corvette Stingray was originally a wedding gift from his father.
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Vice President Joe Biden’s 1967 Corvette Stingray was originally a wedding gift from his father.

Given the chance to drive again, the vice president naturally makes the most of it, opening up the engine every chance he gets.

"It feels great! I've always loved to drive," Biden says. "I shouldn't say it on [television] — I like speed."

Catch the season premiere of Jay Leno's Garage on CNBC November 9 at 10 p.m. EDT, or stream episodes for free on CNBC.com.