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Summer of ’69*

LEGO’s new 10265 Ford Mustang set has us yearning for more officially-licensed muscle cars. There’s hope too, as this particular Detroit classic has already been released as a Speed Champions set. It is of course the stupendous ’69 Dodge Charger R/T, the wildest muscle car of the era, and one that’s become famous to whole new generation of fans thanks to the Fast and Furious movie franchise.

This brilliant recreation of Dodge’s over-powered, under-suspended icon is the work of previous bloggee Tony Bovkoon, who has built his Charger R/T to match the scale and detail of the official Ford Mustang set. Working steering, opening doors, hood, trunk, and a detailed interior all feature, and there’s more to see of this superb creation at Tony’s ’69 Dodge Charger R/T album on Flickr via the link above.

*Nope, we’re not doing a link to today’s title song, because any DJ** that ends the night by playing it needs to go have a quiet think about how they can do better.

**For our younger readers; a DJ is sort of like if your Spotify playlist were a person.

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Santa-Charged

We already know Father Christmas is a pretty cool dude. He owns an array of machinery (according to you lot), from hot rods to hover cars, and Supras to snowmobiles, and now it’s the turn of Santa’s sleigh to get an upgrade. Flickr’s tony bovkoon has given Saint Nick’s flying present distribution system a lot more attitude, courtesy of a side-piped Dodge Challenger! We’re not sure what the V8 behind those side pipes is for, seeing as there is no way for any of its power to get to the snow, but it sure looks cool. Head to Tony’s album on Flickr to take a look!

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SEMA

Founded in 1963, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, or SEMA, has become a giant of the automotive landscape. The annual SEMA show in Las Vegas is now one of the largest automotive events non the planet, attended not just be tuning companies but also by mainstream auto manufacturers, who are embracing a culture that can help their brand image.

Previous bloggee Simon Przepiorka has decided to build a Lego homage to the upcoming SEMA show, taking the official 10265 Ford Mustang set as a base and reworking it to achieve the awesome looking wide-body Mustang you see here. Such an approach is perfectly in keeping with SEMA, where standard manufacturer products are modified to often wild extremes, these days occasionally by the actual company that made them in the first place.

We think Simon’s modified Mustang looks spectacular and there’s more to see at his photostream via the link above, plus you can take a look at some of the good, weird, and frankly awful vehicles from last year’s SEMA show by clicking here.

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Orange Boss

From one Mustang to another now, and also to a boss that manages to look good in orange*. This is the Boss 302, built between 1969 and ’72 for Trans-Am racing homologation and featuring a 5 litre 290bhp V8, and the brakes and suspension from a pushchair. Still, you don’t need those when you’re drag racing at the traffic lights. This one comes from serial bloggee Ralph Savelsberg and there’s more to see at his photostream via the link.

*Obligatory Trump reference.

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Brick-Built Bullitt

Possibly the most famous movie chase car ever, Steve McQueen’s ’68 Ford Mustang Fastback created a legacy which still sells cars today. Yup, you can buy a ‘Bullitt’ edition of Ford’s latest Mustang and it’s actually rather good, with a very American 460bhp V8 yet a very un-American ability to actually go around a corner. We’d still rather have a ’68 though, and cross our fingers each time we got to a turn. Flickr’s Simon Przepiorka is the builder behind this excellent 1:24 version and there’s more to see here.

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Beastly Buick

Buick might be best known for making miserable floaty nonsense for old people to drive around Florida, or more recently cars for China, which would probably finish a few Buick drivers off if they knew about it, but the brand has occasionally built an interesting car.

Back in the early ’70s everyone was having a go at muscle cars, even Buick, who chucked a larger engine, trunk spoiler, lurid paint, and a hood-mounted tachometer (why?!) on their Skylark coupe to create the GSX.

This most excellent Lego replica of the Buick GSX (in ‘limemist green’) is the work of Ralph Savelsberg aka Mad Physicist of Flickr who has recreated the lesser-known muscle car superbly in his trademark style. Head to Ralph’s photostream via the link above for the complete gallery and you can read his interview as part of TLCB’s Master MOCers series by clicking here.

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Menace to Society

If there’s a car more likely to go sideways through a bus stop, we’re yet to find it. The morons that drive Ford Mustangs aren’t exactly the fault of the car though, so let’s enjoy it for what it is; an over-powered, under-suspended bargain of power per dollar. This Model Team Mustang GT500 comes from Flickr’s Captain Chinchilla, formally Senator Chinchilla but now part of the witness protection programme or something, and is a rather nice homage to the most crashed car in the history of car meets. Head to Flickr via the link above before someone drives it through a crowd.

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Slice of Lime

The retina-searing slice of lime is a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS and it comes from serial bloggee Simon Przepiorka, who is probably going to need his own shelf in TLCB Archives at the rate he’s going. With an opening hood, detailed engine, and some very cunningly applied stickers, Simon’s Chevy is about as accurate as 1:24 scale gets. Head over to Simon’s photostream via the link above for more photos of the Chevelle and his incredible back-catalogue of small-scale cars.

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Sands of Time

If this TLCB Writer makes it to old age he’ll likely spend his days sat in an armchair, TV guide in hand (with the news and gardening programmes highlighted), bemoaning the deep untrustworthiness of anyone under the age of 30.

Not so this elderly dude, who’s not only hitting the beach to surf some rad tubes, he’s got himself a bright yellow 1970 Dodge Challenger convertible to take him there. Flickr’s vir-a-cocha is the builder behind this silver surfer and you can join him on the sand via the link.

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Cobra Jet

Lego Ford Mustang Mach 1 Cobra Jet

Featured here just yesterday with his amazing 2020 Ford Mustang GT500, Firas Abu-Jaber today reminds us that killing yourself and everyone waiting at the bus stop you’ve plowed sideways through has been a Mustang achievement for some time.

This is a Mustang Mach 1 Cobra Jet, which surely counts amongst the most ridiculously overly-masculine car names in vehicular history. Powered by a 335bhp 7litre V8, but still with shocking steering, brakes and suspension, the Cobra Jet was all about straight-line speed, setting multiple Bonneville speed records in the hands of Mickey Thompson in 1969.

Lego Ford Mustang Mach 1 Cobra Jet

This gloriously orange homage to Ford’s mighty late-’60s muscle car looks every bit as good as the real thing, but is considerably less dangerous, with a top speed of whatever you can push it to. The handling and brakes are probably on par with the actual car though.

Built by Firas Abu-Jaber alongside his previously-featured 2020 GT500, there’s much more to see of this stunningly presented creation at his Ford Mustang Mach 1 Cobra Jet Flickr album, and if you’d like to get your hands on your very own classic Mustang you can read our preview of LEGO’s own superb-looking 10265 Creator Ford Mustang set by clicking here.

Lego Ford Mustang Mach 1 Cobra Jet

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Crashing Inevitability

Lego Ford Mustang GT500

Ford’s Mustang is one the best examples of model rediscovering its mojo in the car industry. After the woeful Mustang II, and not much better Mustang III, Ford got it right from 2004 and more so since then, even adding independent suspension to the current generation (only 95 years behind Europe, but still…).

The latest Mustang is now sold in Europe too, with modern EcoBoost turbo engines and steering which actually, you know… works. But it wouldn’t be a Mustang without an enormously over-powered version that will inevitably do something like this. Or this. Or this.

Cue the 2020 GT500*, which – with over 700bhp from its 5 litre V8 – has more than enough power to crash through an entire carpark. This glorious homage to Ford’s silliest muscle car is the work of TLCB Master MOCer Firas Abu-Jaber, who has captured the new GT500 beautifully.

There’s opening doors, trunk lid and hood, under which sits a brick-built recreation of the GT500’s enormously unnecessary power-plant. Head over to Firas’ photostream for the complete gallery of images, before someone drives it off the desk in a manner similar to this.

Lego Ford Mustang GT500

*a) How do American cars time-travel, and b) Why is it not the GT700? Answers in the comments.

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More Mustang

Lego Ford Mustang GT Fastback

LEGO’s brilliant new 10265 Creator Expert Ford Mustang set is getting all the attention right now, but there are still builders creating their own stunning renditions of America’s most famous pony car. One such builder is Flickr’s Dornbi, who has spent the last few months creating this beautiful replica of a ’65 GT Fastback. The doors and trunk open, as does the hood under which is a nicely recreated V8 engine, and there’s more to see of Dornbi’s excellent Mustang GT via the link above.

Lego Ford Mustang GT Fastback

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The Boss

Lego Ford Mustang Boss

LEGO’s new 10265 Creator Expert Ford Mustang revealed here last month looks like it could be one of our very favourite sets that the company has ever produced. But for a whole lot less you could have your own ’60s Mustang Fastback that looks every bit as gorgeous as the 1,400-piece set. TLCB regular Simon Przepiorka is the builder behind this wonderful 8-wide ’69 Mustang ‘Boss’ Fastback and there’s more to see of his brilliant small-scale version of the iconic classic pony car on Flickr via the link above.

Lego Ford Mustang Boss

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Muscle Car Double

Lego Plymouth Hemi Cuda

Founded in the late 1920s, mis-managed into administration, and then closed down in the last decade or so, Plymouth and Pontiac are best known in recent times as victims of the Big Three’s sorry tale of arrogance, greed and incompetence.

But before all that there were some good times. Really good times. In the late-’60s to early-’70s the muscle car was in a golden age, and both Plymouth and Pontiac were riding the crest of that wave.

Plymouth’s Barracuda (above) launched in the mid-’60s with a range of engines beginning at just 100bhp, yet by 1970 it was making up to 425bhp from an enormous Hemi V8. Unfortunately 425bhp didn’t sit really suit the market once the oil crisis hit in 1973, and production ended shortly afterwards, but if anything that short life has helped the ‘Cuda become one of most sought-after muscle cars in history.

General Motors were also in on the muscle car action in the 1960s, bringing – via their Pontiac brand – the GTO (below) to market in ’64. By the 1970s they too were making over 400bhp, with stock cars delivering 13.4 second 1/4 miles times straight from the forecourt. Like Plymouth the oil crisis put an end to that, but in its hay-day the Pontiac GTO sold almost 100,000 units annually, despite its slow steering and ‘amazingly inadequate’ brakes. The roads must have been a fun (if slightly terrifying) place!

Lego Pontiac GTO

The two superb Speed Champions versions of the Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda and Pontiac GTO pictured here are the work of Thomas Gion, who has faithfully recreated both cars in just 6-studs of width, capturing the styling cues of each brilliantly.

Today both brands are gone, but the legendary cars they created in the 1960s and ’70s mean they won’t be forgotten for some time yet.

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Rocky Balboa

Lego Off-Road Muscle Car

Turning a classic muscle car into a rock crawler should be an abomination, but it just… works. This magnificent slice of muscular yellow rockery comes from TLCB regular de-marco and we absolutely love it. With classic Town spring suspension and cunning SNOT techniques throughout, de-marco’s 5-wide ‘Off-Road Muscle Car’ is well worth a closer inspection. You can even build it for yourself as there are instructions available too! Head over to Flickr via the link above to go ringside.

Lego Off-Road Muscle Car

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