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Pedal Power

This is a 1950s Murray Torpedo Roadmaster, a pedal car based on the Buick design of the late ’40s-early ’50s, and it might be the vehicle that we want in real life more than anything else we’ve ever featured on this website. Although we’re probably a bit fat to get in one these days.

This utterly beautiful replica of the Torpedo Roadmaster comes from Jacob Sadovich, who has built and presented his brick-built recreation of the 1950s pedal car to absolute perfection. Custom chrome, working steering, and an accurate working pedal mechanism feature, and you can jump inside for a go at Jacob’s ‘Pedal Car’ album. Unless you’re a bit fat these days…

Blue Whale

Lego Buick Roadmaster Station Wagon

After ridiculing the automotive efforts of communism earlier in the week here’s a car that proves a) we occasionally show a BBC-like impartiality here at TLCB, and b) capitalism can get it just as wrong.

It is of course a Buick Roadmaster Station Wagon, and it typifies everything about American cars that makes Europeans chuckle. Boat proportions? Check. Ladder frame chassis? Check. Wheezy V8? Check. That V8 was an utterly ridiculous 5.7 litres, and it produced… 180bhp. Our office food blender makes more power than that.

To put that figure into perspective a similar vintage BMW 540i made over 100bhp more. Even the basic 525i was more powerful.

So would we like to own a Roadmaster? You bet! Yes it’s a compete turd, but with the Elves in a box in the trunk just look at how far away they’d be from us in the front!

Oh, this Lego version is the work of Ralph Savelsberg on Flickr, making one of his regular appearances. See more at the link.