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Eight of the nicest details in the Lego Ford Mustang GT
1. Folding ‘leather’ seats
Fiddling ones to build, these, thanks to the amount of curiously ribbed brown pieces that need slotting betwixt the beige piping. The end result is a classic piece of abstract Lego thinking, turning hard plastic bricks into something that looks comfy enough to lounge in. And thanks to hidden hinges underneath, they even tip forward, for rear seat access. Hours of fun. Who needs an Xbox?
2. Nitrous tank
One of several ‘optional extras’ in the kit, the nitrous tank is made of the pieces you use to jack up the wheel-less car earlier on in the build. Snapped together with a pressure gauge on top to finish, it lives in the generous boot. Or trunk, we suppose, as this is an American classic. You can also add a supercharger that sprouts from the bonnet, an adjustable rear wing, and a deeper front air-dam, for a Fast & Furious movie hero look.
3. Bespoke alloy wheels
Nerd fact for you. Lego already had some retro muscle car wheel pieces in its inventory. But, there wasn’t enough space inside the rim to fit steering arms, and the designers weren’t happy with the Mustang GT going on sale with steering fixed straight. So, they got an ever-so-slightly wider rim signed off, that’s got just enough room inside to squeeze in steering gubbins. Happily, it’s still a modest size of rim, so the car doesn’t look at all ‘bling SEMA restomod’.
4. Muscle car in mirror
Well played, Lego. Paying homage to that classic chase in Bullitt is a very cool detail. Just like the legendary scene featuring Steve McQueen in a Highland Green Mustang Fastback, there’s a pesky muscle car in the rear-view mirror that needs shaking off…
5. Changeable numberplates
Bit more fiddly than James Bond’s rotating plates, mind, but still worth having. There are British, German and American-style numberplates in the set, and one pair even echoes the ‘plates fitted to one of the Lego team’s chief designers, who owns – you guessed it – an old Mustang. When you’re not using the spares, they fit nicely in the boot. Practical!
6. Detailed V8
Just look at that. No bespoke ‘engine’ pieces, and yet that couldn’t be anything but mini-V8, could it? This is the ‘standard’ engine that lives below a hood scoop, complete with white racing stripes.
Mean, innit? Remove the bonnet scoop, fit the supercharger and you’ll have a true hot-rod, especially once you fit the side-exit exhaust pipes, adjustable rear wing and the deep front splitter. We’re undecided which spec looks best…
8. Treaded tyres
There’s an old pub fact that Lego is the world’s biggest tyre maker, with the millions of rubber circles needed for its kits outstripping the production of Pirelli, Michelin, Goodyear and so on. So, Lego could have lobbed any old slicks onto the ‘Stang, but we’re delighted they went for a set of high-profile crossply treads, for an even more retro look.
All told, the whole thing’s a lot less stressful to build than the Lego Bugatti Chiron. Cheaper, too. Just like the real thing, then.
Right. We’ve finished this one. What should Lego model next?