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Pretty Blue Dress

Lego Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia may have just been a Beetle in a pretty dress, but what a dress! Penned by Italian design-house Ghia the car debuted in 1953 before going into production with German coach builders Karmann in ’55. A twenty year manufacturing run produced almost half-a-million Karmann Ghias, plus a few ultra-rare (and ultra-expensive) Type 34s.

Sadly only Volkswagen seemed to profit from such success, as whist the Karmann Ghia was replaced by the very different – but equally iconic – Scirocco in 1974, Karmann filed for bankruptcy in 2009 whilst Ghia were purchased by Ford and ended up no more than a trim grade on Fiestas and Mondeos.

Lego Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

We’ll remember their glory days, thanks to this brilliant 1960s Volkswagen Karmann Ghia from previous bloggee Henrik Jensen. With working steering, a fully detailed interior and engine, and wonderfully accurate bodywork, Henrik’s model is a fitting tribute to one of the world’s most beautiful cars. We think it’d make a rather lovely official set too, seeing as LEGO have already produced the Volkswagen Beetle and Camper as part of their Creator line-up.

There’s lots more to see of Henrik’s gorgeous Karmann Ghia at both Flickr and MOCpages – click on the links to see the full build details and all of the images.

Lego Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

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American Classics – Picture Special

Lego Classic Car Garage

Ralph Savelsberg, aka Mad Physicist, is one of the most prolific bloggees here at TLCB. One of our Master MOCers and a writer for the The Brothers Brick (everybody boo!), Ralph has been building stunning Miniland scale vehicles for years, and years, and years. His creations number in the hundreds, but until now he’s had no-where to put them. Finally though, a few are getting a home!

Lego Classic Car Garage

This brilliant classic car workshop, inspired by some of the workshop-builders that have appeared here in recent times, contains everything you’d expect to find in a modern repair facility, plus of course, some wonderful classic American cars. Six of the eight vehicles have appeared here at TLCB in some form or another, with the Ford F150 pick-up and a Hudson Hornet making their debuts today (we think!).

Lego Classic Car Garage

Amongst the classics are a Pontiac BonnevilleFord Fairlane Crown Victoria SkylinerBuick RivieraChevrolet ImpalaChevrolet 3100 Stepside pick-up, and the aforementioned Hudson, all expertly recreated in miniature. There are also two dreadful modern pick-ups; a ’90s Ford F150, and if that wasn’t bad enough there’s the simply awful (but superbly replicated) Dodge Ram too.

Lego Classic Car Garage

We’ll stick with the classics, and there’s more to see of each beautiful ’50s-’60s slice of Americana via the links above to the respective articles here at The Lego Car Blog, and you can see more photos of the complete workshop via Ralph’s Flickr photostream – click here and enjoy!

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Step Lift

Lego Chevrolet Stepside Pick-Up Workshop

Regular bloggee and Master MOCer Ralph Savelsberg (aka Mad Physicist) has appeared here at the Lego Car Blog countless times with his wonderfully realistic Miniland scale vehicles, and now he’s got somewhere to repair them. This neat workshop scene complete with a 1957 Chevrolet 3100 Stepside pick-up truck, two-post lift, and a pair of mechanics could only be more realistic if the Chevy was replaced by a broken Fiat. Step inside the workshop by clicking here.

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Mötley Crüe

Lego Volkswagen T1 Crew Cab

Volkswagen’s T1 camper gets all the glory. Bought by surfer types, middle-class hippies who don’t understand irony, and people who would like others to think that they’re a surfer or middle-class hippy, the VW camper has become one of world’s most popular cult vehicles.

However it was the working varieties of the Volkswagen Transporter that allowed the camper to exist at all. Utility versions such as microbuses, panel vans, and this T1 crew cab made up of the bulk of production, and are now enjoying something of a resurgence in popularity thanks to the iconic camper which they spawned. Strange how things go in circles huh?

This lovely Volkswagen Transporter crew cab comes from serial bloggee Senator Chinchilla, and there’s no surfboard or fake-rust patina in sight! Everything opens and there’s more to see at the Senator’s photostream – click here to take a look.

Lego Volkswagen T1 Crew Cab

*Today’s title song, selected because the band has Crew in the title. Sort of.

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Debonair Doppelgänger

Lego 1957 Hartford Classic Car

This beautiful machine is a 1957 Hartford Debonair coupe, powered by a small block V8 and built to rival cars such as the Buick LaSabre.

Except that the Hartford Debonair doesn’t (and never did) exist, being a figment purely of Senator Chinchilla‘s imagination. But what an imagination! It sure beats yet another 270mph V-a-million-engined monstrosity that much of the online Lego community churns out with tiresome regularity.

There’s much more to see of Senator Chinchilla’s gorgeous creation at his photostream. Click the link above to take a look, and if you’re thinking of concocting a car, this is the way to do it!

Lego 1957 Hartford Classic Car

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Black on Black

Lego Classic Police Car

A double post today, as two previous bloggees appear here with a pair of black mini-figure scale classics. First up (above) is _Tyler‘s glorious 5-wide Ford Anglia 100E in police specification, complete with a brilliantly authentic 1950s British police officer.

Today’s second black classic comes from Jonathan Elliot who has built a lovely 6-wide ‘anonymous black sedan’ from a similar era. Smart techniques abound on both models and there’s more to see of each via the links above.

Lego Black Sedan

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A Close Shave

Lego Nimbus Motorcycle & Sidecar

This beautiful vintage motorcycle and sidecar combination is a Danish Nimbus with ACAP, and it’s one of the finest two-wheeled builds (or three…) that our Elves have ever found.

It’s the work of previous bloggee Henrik Jensen, and whilst there aren’t many working features beyond functioning steering, just look at the detail!

Lego Nimbus Motorbike & Sidecar

It also reminds us of a certain plasticine due attempting to rescue a truckload of sheep from an evil mechanical canine (if you’ve no idea what we’re talking about click here), which pleases us immensely!

There’s lots more to see of Henrik’s gorgeous classic Nimbus and ACAP sidecar at both Flickr and his MOCpage – take a closer look via the links!

Lego Nimbus Motorcycle & Sidecar

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Vintage Tow

Lego 1950s Tow Truck

This glorious 1950s tow truck by Flickr’s Redfern1950s is already making us feel like a slightly classier blog. Despite the sombre paint job and rusty chain it’s just so cool. There’s more to see at Red’s photostream – click the link above if you love this as much as we do.

Lego 1950s Tow Truck

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The Devil’s Flatbed

Lego 1950s Flatbed Truck

We know this is just a 1950s truck, but we’ve never seen a flatbed that looks so…. satanic. Previous bloggee Redfern1950s owns the mind behind it and there’s more to see at his photostream. Click the link above to take the highway to hell.

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The Dazzling Knight

Lego 1966 Batmobile

Kapow!! Batman wasn’t always dark and moody. There was a time when he was kitsch, flamboyant, and – let’s face it – more than a little bit camp, and this was certainly reflected in his choice of wheels.

Built by hot rodding legend George Barris the outlandish 1966 Batmobile was based on the 1955 Ford Futura concept car that Barris bought from the Ford Motor Company for the nominal sum of $1. In just three weeks he turned the old concept into what would become one of the most famous TV vehicles of all time, complete with turbo-electric drive (whatever that is), a Bat-scope (ditto), a mobile phone, reverse rocket thrusters, and a remote tracking system.

Flickr’s Ralph Savelsberg hasn’t managed to built that lot, but his Lego recreation of Barris’ masterpiece pays tribute to the Dark Knight’s gaudier days in superb style. You can see more of Ralph’s brilliant replica of the 1966 Batmobile, complete with Batman and Robin figures, over at his photostream – click the link above to light the Bat Signal.

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Classic Americana

Lego Christine Plymouth Fury

The relentless pace of uploads by Flickr’s de-marco continues, with his two latest builds delightful slices of classic Americana. Above is a lovely 6-wide Plymouth Fury, before things turned strange courtesy of a Stephen King novel, whilst below is a neat 1960s police car in a rare blue-over-yellow paint scheme. There’s more to see at de-marco’s photostream via the link above, where there are also instructions for each model available!

Lego Police Patrol Car

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(It Doesn’t Matter if You’re) Black or White

Lego Technic Jaguar XK120

Wise words from the King of Pop there. Eurobricks member martijnnab has used this excellent advice to great effect, building two versions of his gorgeous Technic Jaguar XK120 Roadster in contrasting colours.

Lego Technic Jaguar XK120

Martijn’s Jaguars are inverse to the meaning behind Michael Jackson’s 1991 hit however, as whilst they look the same on the surface they are very different underneath, with the white XK featuring mechanical functions including a straight-6 engine and working steering whilst the black XK includes a fully remote controlled Power Functions drivetrain.

Lego Technic Jaguar XK120

There’s lots more to see of both versions of Martijn’s wonderful Technic Jaguar XK120 Roadster at the Eurobricks forum – click on the link above to make the jump.

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Not a Car

Lego NSW AD60 Steam Locomotive

But one heck of a beautiful steam train. And who doesn’t like steam trains? This particular locomotive is a New South Wales AD60 Class, of which 42 were built in the 1950s. Coming right at the end of the steam’s reign on the railways the AD60 Class were the most powerful locomotives ever used in Australia and this 97 stud long replica packs a punch too, being powered by twin Power Functions XL motors. Alexander of Flickr is the builder behind this stunning recreation of the AD60 and there’s lots more to see, including some ingenious ‘how to’ photos detailing the hidden building techniques, via the link above.

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Sit and Swivel

Lego Dodge Power Wagon

Launched in the 1940s the Dodge Power Wagon was a robust if unremarkable truck, with all-wheel-drive, a ladder chassis and a choice of inline-6 or V8 engines. It was produced up until the ’80s when the model was superseded by the Dodge Ram, however in the 1950s the Power Wagon was available with probably the weirdest, and coolest, optional extra ever fitted to a vehicle.

The Willock Chassis Swivel may sound like an old-timey dance (or something much ruder…) but it was in fact an articulated joint that allowed the front and back half of the truck to rotate independently, twisting the chassis to keep all four wheels on the ground no matter the terrain. Under 100 Willcock Chassis Swivel Power Wagons were produced between 1952 to 1958, and whilst the Willcock company no longer exists the swivel technology is available to buy today. You know what to spec on your next Camry!

Oh the model! This excellent recreation of one of America’s more unusual trucks comes from previous bloggee Pixel Fox, and there’s more to see of his wonderful mini-figure scale Dodge Power Wagon W300 with Willcock Chassis Swivel on Flickr – click the link above to take a look!

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