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Un Petit DS

Lego Technic Citroen DS

DS. The answer to the question ‘I’d like to buy a Citroen, but can I pay more money for one?’ which literally no-one has asked ever. Citroen’s modern reinvention of the DS nameplate, which is now a stand-alone brand, is – frankly – complete bollocks. But it wasn’t always like that.

This is the Citroen DS19, launched in the mid-1950s it looked like nothing else on earth, and it is very probably the car that was, and always will be, farthest ahead of its time.

With headlights that swivelled with the front wheels, disc brakes, a clutch-less automatic transmission, power steering, and incredible hydro-pneumatic self-levelling independent suspension, the DS19 was a technological marvel.

To build one in small-scale Technic therefore, is not an easy feat. However previous bloggee Anto of Eurobricks has done just that, and his little Technic DS looks as wonderfully, unfathomably, complicated as the real thing.

Squeezed inside the reasonable Technic approximation of the DS19’s remarkable shape is a fully functioning pneumatic suspension system, allowing Anto’s model to raise and lower itself as per the real car, plus of course, it can suspend the car from bumps in the usual way that suspension does.

In addition there’s also working steering which, like the real DS19, is linked to the swivelling headlights,  opening doors, hood and trunk-lid, and even a basic interior. How Anto has fitted all that inside we don’t know but you can try to figure it out for yourself via the Eurobricks discussion forum.

Click the link above to jump to the full gallery of images, build details, and a video of Anto’s Technic Citroen DS in action.

Lego Citroen DS

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Technic Snail

Lego Technic Citroen 2CV

The Citroen 2CV, affectionately (and unaffectionately) known as ‘ the tin snail’ owing to its looks and glacial speed, is one one of the world’s most important cars. Yes, you did read that right.

Designed in the 1930s, Citroen’s Car-for-the-People was intended for France’s numerous rural workers who were largely still dependent upon the horse for transportation. Reliable, fuel efficient, easy to maintain, and above all cheap, the 2CV was engineered to mobilise an entire population class. And then Hitler decided to be ‘a bit of a dick’.

The German invasion and the subsequent commandeering of French factories to build stuff for blowing up the British meant production for the innovative and much-needed 2CV never started. Fearful of the Nazi’s stealing the design, Citroen hid their 2CV prototypes across France in the hope they would remain undetected (some of which are still being unearthed today).

Lego Technic Citroen 2CV

The Allied victory in 1945 left behind a ruined France, but thankfully for Citroen an undetected cache of 2CV prototypes. Three years later, and a decade after the car was first engineered, the 2CV finally reached production.

As much as Europe’s poor workers needed cheap reliable transportation before World War 2, they really needed it afterwards, and the little Citroen was a huge success. Half the price of Germany’s ‘People’s Car’ – the Volkswagen Beetle, the 2CV sold almost 4 million units in a production run that spanned five decades and nine different countries.

When Citroen 2CV production finally ceased in 1990 the car had become a bit of a joke, but for much of its life the 2CV was the most important car in Europe, and is surely one of the greatest car designs ever created.

Lego Technic Citroen 2CV

This fitting tribute to one of France’s icons of motoring comes from previous bloggee and Technic building legend Nico71 who has recreated the simplicity of Citroen’s engineering beautifully. The 2CV’s legendary leading and trailing arm suspension (designed so a peasant could carry eggs unbroken across a ploughed field) has been faithfully reproduced in Lego form, plus there’s working steering and the doors, hood and trunk all open.

There’s lots more of Nico71’s brilliant Technic 2cv to see via Brickshelf, plus you watch a video of the model on YouTube by clicking here.

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Sliding Citroen

Lego Remote Control Citroen DS3 WRC

Dogs on hardwood floors. The masters of indoor drifting. Until now.

This angry-looking creation is a Citroen DS3 World Rally Car, as driven by nine time World Champion Sébastien Loeb, who has now switched to the World Rallycross series.

Underneath the shopping-car-on-steroids bodywork would normally be a trick all-wheel-drive system powered by a monster turbo engine. However builder Anto has taken a different route…

Lego Remote Control Citroen DS3 WRC

Driving the rear wheels only are two Large Power Functions motors, whilst a servo takes care of the steering. The steering has a clever caster angle built in, meaning that when it’s turned the stiff chassis unloads a rear wheel. In principle this means Anto’s Citroen could drift, if only LEGO motors had a bit more power…

With the addition of a third-party BuWizz bluetooth battery brick however, they do. A lot more. The BuWizz system delivers up to eight times more power than normal to the LEGO motors, and that is easily enough to spin the rear wheels on a not just a hardwood floor, but pretty much anything.

There’s more to see of Anto’s drifting DS3 WRC on Eurobricks, where there are also instructions available so you can build it yourself, and you can watch what the car can do courtesy of the brilliant video below…

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French Fancy

Lego Citroen DS 19

DS; Citroen’s attempt to emulate the Volkswagen Group by building a car that’s identical to their ‘volume’ products, save for the badge and headlights, and charging 50% more for it. Yes Audi, we’re looking at you.

Still, Volkswagen have made it work, thanks to mankind’s preference for marketing over facts, and PSA – owners of Citroen and Peugeot – would love a slice of the premium profit margin pie for themselves.

The DS range is PSA’s answer, and it’s safe to say that so far it hasn’t been a success. It’s almost as though people don’t want to spend half-as-much again for a thoroughly average car with fancy headlights and a clever marketing campaign…

Lego Citroen DS

From 1955 to’75 though, ‘DS’ meant something a whole lot more. Very probably the most advanced car ever made, Citroen’s DS 19, 21 and 23 models sold almost 1.5 million units between them.

The original DS featured innovative front-wheel-drive (a rarity even by the ’70s), hydro-pneumatic self-levelling independent suspension, headlights that swivelled into corners, power steering, a semi-automatic clutchless transmission, and it was the first production car ever fitted with disc brakes. Quite a car then, and a world away from a Citroen C4 with ‘DS’ written on the back and and larger price stuck in the windshield.

This glorious machine is a 1967 DS 19, and it’s been beautifully recreated in Lego form by Jonathan Elliott of Flickr and MOCpages. His wonderful Model Team style replica features working steering, squishy suspension, opening doors and hood, and a lovely authentically detailed interior.

There’s a lot more to see of the DS 19 at Jonathan’s photostream and MOCpage – click the links above to make the jump.

Lego Citroen DS ID19

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Gallic Garage

Lego Town Garage

This charming Town garage comes from newcomer brickbink of Flickr, and it is quite gloriously French. A Citroen 2CV van, Renault 4 (we think), and a baguette all add gallic authenticity, and there’s more to see at the link above.

Lego Town Garage

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Odd Couple

Lego Citroen DS Mercedes-Benz Truck

We’re not sure why this classic Citroen DS and Mercedes-Benz truck have been pictured together, but they’re both lovely and thus can appear here. Peter Schmid is the builder making his TLCB debut and you can see more of the two Town vehicles above as well as his other builds by clicking here.

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French Fancy


Lego Citroen CX

After a decade making rubbish France’s three manufacturers of mass-produced cars have finally re-discovered their joy de vivre. Perhaps none more so than Citroen, who after years of automotive drivel now have a cracking range of cars on the way following the recently released and thoroughly excellent C4 Cactus.

Today’s find takes us back to the last time France made interesting cars, being a glorious 1970s CX. Built by serial bloggee Ralph Savelsberg it captures the CX’s streamlined shape beautifully and features opening hood, doors and trunk. See more of Ralph’s classic Citroen at his photostream via the link above. Vive La France!

Lego Citroen CX

 

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Rolling a Six

Lego Car Transporter

Discovered by both a very excited TLCB Elf* and a TLCB Reader, today we’re bringing you seven models in one! TLCB favourite (and previous Master MOCer) Nick Barrett has beautifully reconstructed six cars that he’s previously owned, plus a truck on which to transport them.

The truck steers and the trailer has a realistic mechanism to allow the cars to drive on, but really it’s all about that payload. See if you can identify all six of Nick’s eclectic cars before visiting MOCpages or Flickr to find out if you’re right!

Lego Cars

*Which did of course try to ague that 7 meal tokens and 7 smarties were an appropriate reward. It did not win its case.

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Weird Wheels

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Just when you thought that you’d seen all of the possible ways to build a wheel from LEGO, along comes F@bz. Whilst he is best known for his unusual spacecraft, we have also his featured futuristic cars and bikes on The LEGO Car Blog. F@bz’s Citroen Epona runs on wheels made from 17 (front) and 16 (back) black minifig helmet visors, according to the Elves who counted them. We’ve no information as to the ride quality this gives but it definitely creates a distinctive style. Click on this link to F@bz’s Photostream to see more, including detailed shots of some of the clever connections used in its construction.

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Tonight on Top Gear… Picture Special

Lego TopGear Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond James May

 …Jeremy will be mildly offensive, James will wear a wooly jumper, and Hammond will indulge in some bad acting. But we’ll still love it.

BBC’s Top Gear began way back in 1977 as a fairly straight-laced motoring magazine, updating the great unwashed on the latest new cars and motoring news (remember; no internet in 1977!). The original show helped to launch the careers of many TV motoring journalists, including the brilliant Tiff Needell and Quentin Wilson, and of course a certain Mr. Clarkson and Mr. May.

Lego Top Gear Studio Jeremy Clarkson

Top Gear evolved during these first decades becoming more humorous and politically incorrect, helped largely by the arrival of Quentin and Jeremy whose reviewing style could make-or-break a new car. After a one particularly damning review Peugeot famously declared that they were removing all of their adverts from the BBC – but of course due to the unique way the BBC is funded, Top Gear and everything else broadcast contains no advertising at all anyway. Take that Peugeot!

Lego Top Gear Richard Hammond

In 2000 however, the BBC canned Top Gear and sold the production (but not the name) to Channel 5, and Fifth Gear was born. Most of the presenters moved across to the new show and we’ve had to read uninformed ‘This is Fifth Gear you dumb %$@£!’ comments on YouTube (when a video correctly shows old Top Gear) ever since.

The BBC held onto the name for good reason though. In 2002 Top Gear returned, with a new format, new presenters, and – for the first time – an actual studio! Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and Jason Dawe fronted this first season, before Jason was replaced by James to give us the genius line-up that has been in place ever since.

Top Gear’s new format has proved wildly successful, with over 350million viewers from 170 countries tuning in every week. And that’s not counting the re-runs showing every hour on Dave.

Lego TopGear Jeremy Clarkson

Such success has led to mistakes though, as Top Gear has become less genuine and more scripted over the years in a quest to recreate past (naturally occurring) glories. It’s also given the presenters an opportunity to make other programmes, and ‘Richard Hammond’s 5 O’Clock Show’ is an abomination that will be forever etched into a dark corner of the televisual hall-of-shame. Thankfully it only lasted a month, and James May’s independent presenting more than makes up for Hammond’s. James even built a house out of LEGO.

Lego James May TopGear

So what next for Top Gear? Well there are now live arena shows once a year, spin-offs for Australia, Russia, Korea, America and others, a new DVD each Christmas, and there’s a whole world of slightly crap merchandising. Andy Wilman (Top Gear’s producer) admits the show – at least in its current format – is probably nearer to the end of its life than the start, but we expect to keep watching for little a while yet. Onwards to season 22!

All of the photos in this post were produced by the exceptionally talented Stephan Sander, who has lovingly recreated Jeremy, James and Richard in brick form.  He’s also constructed superb Lego models of Jeremy’s Citroen Motorhome, a trio of Jaguar E-Types, three Ferraris, three Lotuses and the famous Top Gear studio – complete with a wonderfully diverse audience! We highly recommend a trip to Stephan’s MOCpage to see all the photos. Back to the studio…

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Bionicle is Back! It Still Sucks.

New Lego Bionicle 2015

The LEGO Group is bringing Bionicle back for 2015! And here at The Lego Car Blog we could not be less enthusiastic about this fact. It’s safe to say we care as much about Bionicle MOCs as we do about Kim Kardashian’s Twitter feed. In other words, not at all. So here’s a classic Citroen instead!

Lego Citroen DS

Built by Flickr’s Massimo B it’s a late 1950s’ DS, complete with opening doors, bench seats and the famous single spoke steering wheel. You can see more of the French classic via the link above, where there is definitely no Bionicle.

Lego Citroen DS

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Sax Appeal

Lego Citroen Saxo

Some readers of The Lego Car Blog might be wondering why we’re featuring a model of a crummy French hatchback with racing stickers, but European rally fans will immediately salute this little Citroen.

Rallying is a big deal in Europe, and whilst a bastardised version of rally-cross is starting to make waves in the States, the original is still filling European forests with noise every weekend.

The big boys run Imprezas, Evos and other all-wheel-drive machinery. However rally entries are mostly made up of little shopping cars like the Saxo above. This is because they’re cheap, easy to fix, slow enough not to kill you (unless you’re really trying) and front-wheel-drive, meaning to correct a slide you just have to add more power.

Well, except for this one, which due to the difficulty of making functioning front-wheel-drive from Lego bricks is actually rear-wheel-drive. Still, driveline inaccuracy aside it’s a truly marvellous little machine. Builder/Owner Gsia17 has even taken it rallying!

You can see all the photos via Eurobricks, and we highly recommend checking out the video below! Thanks go to one of our readers for the tip-off – and If you’d like to alert us to something the Elves have missed you can get in touch with us via the Feedback and Submission Suggestions page.

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Sacre Bleu!

Lego Citroen 2CV

Possibly the most stereotypically French scene ever created in Lego, Misterzumbi’s cornering Citroen 2CV is only missing a Gauloises cigarette in the hand of the driver and some parking dents on the bodywork. See more of the cheese eating surrender monkey and his voiture on Flickr.

Lego Citroen 2CV

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Driving on Egg Shells

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F@bz has attracted the attention of the Elves on previous occasions for his unusually shaped spacecraft but his latest creation is a car. Being a Citroen and therefore a French car, it has to have some novel feature designed into it such as the Renault 4’s gear stick or changing a wheel on a Citroen DS. This futuristic build has blue wheels, which light up, perfect for night-time blasting along those dark, empty autoroutes. They are made from the alien eggs that can be found in the latest Galaxy Squad sets. You can see more of this car by following this link.

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