Fiat, since their takeover of Chrysler in 2014, are the owners of Dodge, Ram, and Jeep. Which means Jeeps are now Fiats and Maseratis are now Jeeps.
It’s fitting then, that this creation by LEGO set designer Nathanael Kuipers (aka NKubate), is – despite its Jeepy appearance – actually a Fiat underneath, being built solely from the parts found within the official Creator 10271 Fiat 500 set.
However if it looks familiar that’s because it actually has more in common with the Jeep-inspired Model Team 5510 Off-Road 4×4 set from the late ’80s, being a modern interpretation of this vintage set, but built from another set. Which makes our head hurt.
You can check it out at Nathanel’s photostream by clicking here, where you can also find a link to building instructions should you want to turn your own Fiat 500 set into a classic Jeep.
The modern Jeep Renegade is a fairly interesting looking but ultimately depressingly bland Euro-crossover based on a Fiat 500, with about as much off-road prowess as, well… a Fiat 500. Which means it’s selling brilliantly. This is absolutely not that car.
The original CJ5 Renegade was an altogether different animal, and Flickr’s Havoc has recreated it wonderfully thanks to a little inspiration from the marvellous classic Model Team set 5510.
Havoc’s Jeep Renegade CJ5 is packed with great building techniques to replicate the iconic off-roader’s look, and includes a superbly authentic interior and working steering too.
Head to Havoc’s Flickr album for the complete gallery of images, and you can check out the LEGO set that inspired it via the link in the text above.