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Eleanor

Lego Ford Mustang GT500 Eleanor

Ah Nicolas Cage, the man who literally can’t turn down any film role, no matter how terrible it may be. Ghost Rider, Left Behind, Drive Angry, The Wicker Man, Ghost Rider 2…

But there was a time when Nic made decent movies. This movie car is not from that time, but we suppose it sits somewhere in the middle. Cage’s remake of the car theft action film ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ was enjoyable enough, and it gave a starring role to a modified 1967 Mustang GT500 named Eleanor, which can only be a good thing.

This is Ralph Savelsberg‘s remake of his own original version of Eleanor from a few years ago, and there’s more to see of his brilliant GT500 build (plus a brick-built Nic Cage) at his photostream via the link above.

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Pave Hawk

Lego HH-60G Pave Hawk Helicopter

TLCB regular Ralph Savelsberg has appeared here numerous times with his beautiful aircraft builds. This is his latest, an HH-60G Pave Hawk, with some of the best camouflage brick-work we’ve ever seen. Check it out on Flickr at the link above.

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Bullitt in Brick

Lego Bullitt Ford Mustang

TLCB Master MOCer and car-building legend Ralph Savelsberg has returned with another glorious movie car. Actually this dark green ’68 Ford Mustang GT Fastback isn’t just another movie car. It’s very probably the greatest movie car in cinematic history, and stars in one of the most influential car chases of all time.

You can see more of Ralph’s superb recreation of Bullitt’s iconic Mustang at the link above, and if you haven’t seen the chase scene in which it stars, we highly recommend taking 10 minutes to enjoy it here. Just don’t count the lost hubcaps…

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Sub Hunter

Lego SH-60F Seahawk

This superb SH-60F Seahawk as used by the anti-submarine unit aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt comes from old favourite Ralph Savelsberg aka Mad Physicist on Flickr. With beautiful detailing and custom decals it’s a fine way to kick off 2017’s aircraft here at The Lego Car Blog. There’s more to see, including photos of the nifty sliding cabin door and folding rotors, at Ralph’s photostream via the link above.

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Black Beauty

Lego Green Hornet Black Beauty

Nope, not that curious entry in your Dad’s internet browsing history but this, the heavily modified 1965 Chrysler Imperial Crown sedan as used in The Green Hornet TV show from 1967.

The Green Hornet may be yet another comic-based superhero that we don’t give a toss about, but the car is something rather special. Featuring rockets, silent-running mode, and a flying drone thingumy (long before the word ‘drone’ became the media’s favourite word), Black Beauty was nearly as tricked-out as the other famous crime-fighting car of the time, the Batmobile.

This neat Lego replica of the comic book star comes from TLCB regular Ralph Savelsberg (aka Mad Physicist) and there’s more to see of Black Beauty, The Green Hornet, and Kato at his photostream via the link above.

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Black Phantom

Lego Rolls Royce Phantom

Aircraft, a creepy opera character, and a ghostly spectre all wear the Phantom name, but this is our favourite; the near 6-meter long, 6.75 litre V12-engined Rolls Royce. Launched in 2003 the Phantom is only just due for replacement, but even those that are now 13 years old still command a high price tag. TLCB regular Ralph Savelsberg has built one that’s far more attainable though, and you can see more of his instantly recognisable recreation at his photostream via the link above.

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5580 Redux

Lego Model Team 5580 Highway Rig

5580. One of LEGO’s earliest attempts at a more advanced high detail vehicle, and one of the three founding sets of the Model Team line. One of our earliest Set Reviews too…

But time marcheth on and today 5580, whilst undoubtably still a lovely set, looks a bit basic, both against LEGO’s latest releases and against many of the creations that the online community is building. Cue serial bloggee Ralph Savelsberg, who has re-booted the classic 1988-1990 set for 2016.

Lego 5580 Truck

Based a little more closely on a real truck (the Kenworth W900) and using LEGO’s latest parts, Ralph’s model has grown a bit when compared to the original, squeezing in more detail and looking a lot like the sort of model that you’ll find at a Legoland theme park.

There’s more to see of Ralph’s excellent update of one of LEGO’s most famous classic sets at his photostream – click the link above to make the jump.

Lego Kenworth W900 Highway Rig

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A Bunny Rabbit… With Spiky Teeth

Lego Volkswagen Golf Rabbit GTI

Volkswagen’s Golf GTI (or ‘Rabbit’ in the ‘States) was not the first hot hatchback. For that you need to go back a few years to the Chrysler/Talbot/Simca/Lotus Sunbeam (car manufacturer takeovers in ’70s were very complicated!). However it was the first to popularise the formula, and in doing so it nearly killed off the traditional sports car – at least until Mazda reinvigorated it a decade and a half later.

Launched in 1975 and powered by a fuel injected 1.6 litre engine with 110bhp, and later a 1.8 with a little more, the GTI was more than a match for the traditional sports cars of the day. And you could get five people on board. And they wouldn’t get wet if it rained.

This brilliant little Lego version of the iconic classic hot hatch is the work of serial bloggee Ralph Savelsberg aka Mad Physicist, and there’s more to see at his photostream on Flickr via the link above.

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Bugger Me

Lego Ford Anglia Harry Potter

Crashed into the Buggering Birch, Ron Weasley’s 1960’s Ford Anglia has never been the same since. Ralph Savelsberg aka Mad Physicist imagines happier times, before the horny tree had its way with the unfortunate car, with this superb Lego recreation of the little blue Ford, Ron and Harry. There’s more to see at Ralph’s Flickr photostream – click the link above to lube up.

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Yes M’Lady

Lego FAB1 Thunderbirds Rolls Royce

The gloomy catchphrase of Lady Penelope’s chauffeur Parker there, who seemed permanently beset my misery at the prospect of driving her ladyship around in a bright pink six-wheeled Rolls Royce. Cheer up Parker, it’s still a six-wheeled Rolls Royce, and we bet she got changed in the back a few times too…

Recreated by Flickr’s Ralph Savelsberg, and complete with Lady Penelope and Parker, you can see more of the amazing ‘FAB1’ Rolls Royce from Thunderbirds at the link above.

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I Still Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghost

Lego Ghostbusters ECTO-1 2016 Movie

We’re not really sure that the Ghostbusters franchise was in need of a reboot for 2016, but you never know, it might be good. Whatever the outcome, it’s given TLCB regular Ralph Savelsberg aka Mad Physicist another movie car to recreate for his collection. You can see more of his 2016 ECTO-1 complete with characters from the latest Ghostbusters movie on Flickr at the link above.

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Two for Tuesday

Lego VF-84 Jolly Rogers F-14A Tomcat

We round off a busy day here in TLCB Towers with two builds that aren’t cars at all. But they are excellent. Plus we quite like jet fighters because the average mental age in the office is about eleven. First up is TLCB regular Ralph Savelsberg‘s newest version of his F-14A Tomcat, this time in VF-84 Jolly Rogers spec, and joining him is Stefan Johansson, who returns to this blog following his awesome Saab Viggen, this time with Saab’s mighty 32 Lansen fighter. If you’re eleven too you can see more of each build on Flickr via the links above.

Lego Saab 32 Lansen Fighter Aircraft

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Grease Lightnin’

Lego Grease Lightnin' Ford

Well this car is systematic, hydromatic, ultramatic
Why, it could be Greased Lightnin’!
We’ll get some overhead lifters and some four barrel quads, oh yeah
Keep talkin’, whoah keep talkin’!
Fuel injection cut off and chrome plated rods, oh yeah
I’ll get her ready, I need to get her ready!
With a four-speed on the floor, they’ll be waitin’ at the door
You know that ain’t sh*t when we’ll be gettin’ lots of tit
Greased Lightnin’

Sorry about that. It’s all Ralph Savelsberg‘s fault. You can see more of his Grease Ford Deluxe on Flickr.

Lego Ford Deluxe Grease

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Mercury Rising

Lego 1946 Mercury Sportsman

This beautiful classic ’46 Mercury Sportsman convertible comes from TLCB favourite, Master MOCer, and Flickr legend Ralph Savelsberg aka Mad Physicist. A re-working of a model he built back in 2008, Ralph’s Sportsman has been significantly updated with LEGO’s newer pieces and it reminds us superbly of just how good American cars used to be before they ended up like this.

Lego Mercury Sportsman Convertible

Mercury, created by the Ford Motor Company in the mid 1930s, was killed off during the restructuring of America’s ‘Big Three’ auto manufacturers following the financial crisis in 2011, but by that point its products were little more than appallingly bland re-badged Fords anyway. Mercury’s 1940s offerings were far more interesting – Take a trip back to to 1946 courtesy of Ralph via the link above.

Lego Mercury Sportsman Ralph Savelsberg

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Taxi Driver

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One of the greatest movies of all time – Martin Scorsese’s 1976 ‘Taxi Driver’ – created two very different but equally brilliant stars in Robert De Niro and a very young Jodie Foster. There was another star of course; the bright yellow Checker Marathon cab driven by De Niro’s Travis Bickle. Already world famous, the Checker didn’t need the movie to earn its notoriety, but it did probably become much cooler as a result. This perfect replica of the iconic classic cab comes from TLCB regular Ralph Savelsberg aka Mad Physicist, and you can see more here.

Lego Taxi Driver Checker Marathon

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