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Dauphamaha

Lego Renault Dauphine Yamaha

Renault’s 1957 Dauphine was not a fast car. Powered by a 845cc inline-4 producing a meagre 32bhp, the Dauphine took 32 seconds to reach 60mph and topped out at just 8mph more. But it looked so pretty whilst doing it.

Described by motoring journalists at the time as “The prettiest four-seater in the world” the Dauphine was an enormous success, being manufactured in twelve different countries and selling over two million units in its 10 year production run – a huge figure for the 50s and 60s. And to be honest it wasn’t even that slow when compared to rivals of the time.

However by modern standards Renault’s little family car is almost dangerously lethargic. French tuner Adrien Faure thought so too, and decided his little Dauphine could do with a bit more power. Four times as much in fact, thanks to a 1200cc Yamaha motorbike engine that he’s fitted beautifully in place of the original ‘Ventoux’ unit.

It’s this car that serial bloggee Senator Chinchilla has chosen to recreate, complete with scraped paint and rust, with this lovely Model Team creation. There’s more to see of the Senator’s replica on Flickr by clicking here, and you can read more about the Yamaha-powered Dauphine on which his model is based visiting the Speedhunters website. It may no longer be all that pretty, but this Dauphine is quick!

Lego Renault Dauphine Yamaha

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What Do You Call A Škoda…

Lego Škoda 7Tr2 Trolley Bus

…with a long aerial? A bumper car! Europe was full of Škoda jokes back in the 1980s and 1990s, partly because the cars were crap, but probably mostly because of communistic xenophobia. Before the poison of Communism took hold though, Škoda built perfectly reasonable vehicles. This is one of them, from their electric truck division, a glorious 1951 7Tr2 trolleybus.

This brilliant Model Team recreation of the 7Tr2 has been built Flickr’s Vilém Šustr for display at the Museum of South Moravia in Zlín, and it’s a wonderfully accurate replica of the real trolleybus. Hop on board at Vilém’s photostream via the link above.

Lego Skoda Trolleybus 1951

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Art Déco Gas Station – Picture Special

Lego Art Déco Gas Station

We regularly post beautiful Lego creations here at The Lego Car Blog. From sports cars to trucks and motorcycles to fighter jets, the produce of the online Lego community is often jaw-droppingly good, and it is of course the very reason that this website exists.

Today though we think we may be publishing the most beautiful vehicle-related creation that we’ve found in our five years of blogging. This is Andrea Lattanzio’s ‘Art Deco Gas Station’, and it is unbelievably perfect.

Lego Art Déco Gas Station

Based on a real-life gas station in Tucson, Arizona, Andrea’s incredible creation returns to the golden age of pumping gas, when stations such as this one were meeting places in their own right, rather than simply tools enabling people to get to the place they want to go.

With two period-correct Shell gas pumps underneath a wonderful curved awning, a fully equipped store, diner, and workshop, Andrea’s build offers more than just a fill up.

Lego Art Déco Gas Station

Three lovely Town scale vehicles feature in the build too; a neat step-side pick-up truck, a gorgeous tan-coloured hot rod coupe, and a brown hot rod roadster receiving some attention in the garage.

There’s a lot more to see of Andrea’s spell-binding build at his Flickr photostream, plus you can read our interview with the builder as part of the Master MOCers series by clicking this link.

Lego Art Déco Gas Station

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Ocean Custodian

Lego RV Calypso Research Boat

Built by TLCB debutant Luis Pena, this is a 1:100 scale replica of the research vessel ‘Calypso’, complete with a helicopter and ‘diving saucer’ submersible vehicle.

The Calypso was originally a US-built wooden-hulled British minesweeper that served in the Mediterranean during the Second World War. Following the Allied victory the ship returned to US hands before being recommissioned as a Maltese ferry.

Within a year however, British millionaire Thomas Loel Guinness purchased the ship and gave it to the diving pioneer, film-maker, conservationist and adventurer Jacques-Yves Cousteau for use as a marine research vessel, a role the Calypso fulfilled for five decades. During an incredible half-century of oceanic exploration Cousteau and the Calypso made numerous discoveries, including the wreck of the HMHS Brittanic sunk during the First World War, the ability of marine mammals to use echolocation, and halted the dumping of radioactive waste in the Mediterranean Sea.

In 1996, almost fifty years after it entered service with Cousteau, the RV Calypso was accidentally rammed by a barge in Singapore and it sunk in the harbour. A week later the ship was raised and transferred to a shipyard, however Jacques-Yves Cousteau died the following year of a heart attack aged 87, and the Calypso was left to rot as various parties fought over the boat’s ownership, its restoration, and unpaid bills.

Today the ship, which has featured in film, documentaries, song, and even has a namesake in Star Trek, is still quietly dissolving in a shipyard in France, a victim of mankind’s inability to put progress over profit. However Cousteau’s legacy remains almost unfathomably huge, and continues to today via the environmental protection foundation that he created which now numbers over 300,000 members.

This beautiful homage to a ship which as done probably more than any other can be found in greater detail at Luis’ photostream on Flickr, and includes both above and below the waterline versions (each pictured here). There’s more to see via the link above, and you can read more about the Cousteau Society that continues Jacques-Yves’ work today by clicking here.

Lego RV Calypso Research Boat

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1957 Harley Davidson Sportster – Picture Special

Lego Harley Davidson Sportster 1957

After the last few days’ weirdness we’re back to a more usual form of transportation. But what a beautiful form of transportation it is! This is a 1957 Harley Davidson Sportster XL motorbike, and it’s been recreated to near perfection by Maxime Cheng of Flickr.

Lego Harley Davidson Sportster 1957

Harley Davidson launched their Sportster line of motorcycles in 1957, making this version the very first, powered by a 40bhp 900cc V-Twin engine which was larger than many European car engines of the time, but in a smallish sporty frame.

It was a bit of a departure for Harley Davidson, whose customers typically favoured big, heavy lumbering beasts because, well, America. However the invasion of lighter, smaller, British motorcycles after World War 2 forced Harley to react, and although disliked by some of the brand’s hardcore fans at the time the Sportster was successful enough to merit a continuous production run since 1957, and the Sportster is still available in the Harley Davidson range today.

1957 Harley Davidson Sportster Lego Motorcycle

This gorgeous Model Team style recreation of the first of the Sportster line captures those early bikes brilliantly, and it’s been photographed beautifully too. There are lots more images to see at Maxime’s 1957 Harley Davidson Sportster XL album – click the link above to head over to Flickr to vie the complete set.

1957 Harley Davidson Sportster Lego Motorcycle

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Cool Caravanning

Lego 1956 Pontiac Catalina

If you’re going to tow a shed with wheels behind you to a field where you have to crap in a bucket, you may as well do it in something cool. This 1956 Pontiac Catalina certainly fulfils that brief, and the dinky caravan in tow doesn’t look too bad either. See more of both courtesy of LegoEng on Flickr.

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Chevy Stepside

Lego 1957 Chevrolet 3100 Stepside

This gorgeous 1957 Chevrolet 3100 Stepside pick-up truck comes from TLCB Master MOCer and frequent bloggee Ralph Savelsberg aka Mad Physicist. With opening doors and hood revealing a detailed interior and engine, Ralph’s classic Chevy is just as detailed on the inside, and there’s more to see at his photostream via the link above.

Lego 1957 Chevrolet 3100 Stepside

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Make Like A Volkswagen…

Lego Volkswagen Split Screen Camper

…and split. This deeply cool Volkswagen split-screen barn-door camper van complete with canvas extending high-top comes from TLCB regular Redfern. Chrome detailing is in abundance and you can see more at Red’s photostream by clicking here.

Lego Volkswagen Split Screen Camper

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Fifty-Six Ford F-500

Lego 1956 Ford F-500 COE

This gorgeous Town scale 1956 Ford F-500 COE was discovered by one of our Elves on Flickr today. It comes from LegoEng and it might just be the most beautiful truck we’ve seen this year. There’s more to see at LegoEng’s photostream – click the link above to take a look.

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Creator London Bus 10258 – Set Preview

Lego 10258 London Bus Review

London Transport have finally reintroduced double-decker, rear-access buses to their fleet. Missing from the capital’s streets since the iconic Routemaster was phased out in 2005, the new bus – this time a hybrid – is set to become a modern classic. However we will always have fond memories of the original, the wonderful AEC Routemaster that saw service on the streets of London for almost 50 years.

Lego 10258 London Bus Set

LEGO’s newest addition to their stellar Creator vehicle range (which has previously delivered such gems as the 10242 Mini Cooper, 10252 Volkswagen Beetle) pays homage to one of the world’s most infamous and recognisable of vehicles. This is the new-for-2017, 1,686 piece 10258 Creator Expert London Bus set, and we absolutely love it.

Lego 10258 London Bus Set

Beautifully recreated inside and out, the new LEGO Routemaster includes a detailed and accessible interior (complete with an authentic spiral staircase), exterior advertising posters featuring either ’50s or modern-day graphics, plus – uniquely – some of the detritus discarded by passengers, including a newspaper, drinks can, chewing gum (yuk!), umbrella and ticket stub.

Lego 10258 London Bus Set

Several new pieces also make their debut on 10258, including standard-tread tyres, vertical stud pieces, and a selection of new curves and arches in LEGO’s classic red hue.

The new 10258 London Bus set will launch in August 2017, scaled to match the previous vehicles in the Creator range, and we predict LEGO have an instant classic in the making. Just like London’s new double decker bus.
Lego 10258 London Bus Review

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Czechered Flag

Lego Škoda 1100 OHC

Škoda, now successfully part of the Volkswagen empire, are making excellent – if painfully boring – cars. Prior to Volkswagen’s ownership though, they were an automotive joke in Europe, ranked alongside Lada at the bottom of the motoring barrel, a constant reminder of the folly of Communism.

Prior to Communisms’s vice-like grip however, Škoda were actually a thoroughly respectable forward-thinking vehicle manufacturer. This is one of their cars from that time, the absolutely beautiful Škoda 1100 OHC, which is probably as close to a real life version of ‘Speed Racer‘ that we’ll ever see.

This gorgeous mini-figure scale recreation of one of Eastern Europe’s most wonderful automotive efforts comes from previous bloggee František Hajdekr, and not only is there an extensive gallery of images available, František has also included building instructions and a ‘how to’ video so that you can build your very own 1100 OHC too. You can find all of the above at František’s photostream – click the link in the text to check it out.


Lego Škoda 1100 OHC

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Old Yella

Lego 1956 GMC F350 Tow Truck

This lovely mini-figure scale 1956 GMC tow truck was discovered by one of our Elves on Flickr today. It’s the work of LegoEng, and he’s deployed some fiendishly clever techniques to create the truck’s classic bodywork. You can see the images in full size by clicking the link above.

Lego 1956 GMC F350 Tow Truck

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Riding a Nimbus

Lego Nimbus Motorcycle

Sorry Harry Potter fans, this isn’t a post about Harry’s Nimbus broomstick, but rather an obscure Danish motorcycle manufacturer that ceased production before the 1960s. Which to the nerds here in TLCB office makes it a much more interesting subject.

This lovely Model Team recreation of one of Nimbus’s later variants comes from previous bloggee Henrik Jensen, who has appeared here before with another Nimbus build. Henrik built this one as a commissioned piece for motorcycle club, and there’s more to see at both Flickr and MOCpages via the links.

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Thrifty Tuesday

Lego BMW Isetta

After the extravagance of yesterday‘s posts it’s time for a vehicle more befitting of this site’s status. Small, slow, and a little bit rubbish, the BMW Isetta ‘bubble car’ was the product of a continent in ruins after World War 2. Metal was in short supply, it could be driven on a motorcycle license, and taxing it was cheap. So was the car of course, mostly because it wasn’t really a car at all.

As is often the way with weird classic cars, the BMW Isetta is now quite sought after, despite being about as cool as a G-Wiz in the ’50s. Maybe the G-Wiz will be cool in 60 years? Stranger things have happened.

This neat recreation of the ’50s German oddity comes from Flickr’s OutBricks, and you can see more by clicking here.

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Scuderia Ferrari – Picture Special

Lego Scuderia Ferrari

We may only be four months into the year, but we’re pretty sure we’ve found our favourite creation of 2017 already…

This breathtakingly beautiful scene comes from Michel Van den Heuvel aka Start Bricking on Flickr, and it is -of course – Scuderia Ferrari’s 1950s workshop, recreated wonderfully in mini-figure scale.

Lego Scuderia Ferrari

Inside Michel has taken care of every detail, from tools to trophies, rubber to race cars, nothing is missing, and it’s all been thoughtfully replicated in miniature from our favourite Danish plastic.

Outside the workshop and underneath some stunning brick-built lettering are a trio of historic Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 racing cars, complete with a superb Fiat team transporter ready to take the cars to their next race.

Michel hasn’t stopped with Formula 1 either, as Ferrari’s legendary endurance racers and sports cars have also been exquisitely recreated in Lego form.

Lego Scuderia Ferrari

There’s a whole lot more to see of Michel’s incredible build at his Flickr photostream by clicking here, and if anyone from LEGO is reading this; please make this an official set. You know you want to!

Lego Scuderia Ferrari

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