Well-known Lego enthusiast Firas Abu-Jaber has published pictures of his latest creation, an accurate replica of the iconic Mercedes-Benz Renntransporter that was built to haul cars to races all over Europe during the 1950s.
You might be thinking “my five-year old kid can build a tow truck with Legos!” However, Abu-Jaber’s replica is impressive because he built it entirely from scratch, it’s not a kit that you can simply buy in stores or online. The truck’s proportions are surprisingly lifelike and the short hood, the concave two-part rear window and the curved rear fascia are all faithfully represented.
Moving beyond the overall silhouette, careful observers will notice that the Renntransporter’s round headlights, its Ponton sedan-sourced front turn signals and its single-slat radiator grille are accounted for. The story is the same around back, where Abu-Jaber has even gone through the trouble of adding the truck’s gasoline filler cap above the passenger-side tail light.
The Renntransporter’s body can be removed to reveal a relatively detailed cockpit with two individual seats, a pair of pedals, a full center console and two levers. The truck’s straight-six engine is located directly behind the passenger compartment, and examining the chassis reveals that it is fitted with a four-wheel independent suspension system.
The ramps are fully functional, and Abu-Jaber has built an equally impressive replica of a Gullwing-bodied 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL to go along with the Renntransporter. The gullwing doors open and close, and the hood pops up to reveal the SL’s fuel-injected 3.0-liter straight-six engine.
How long it took Abu-Jaber to build each model is up in the air. As far as we know, Lego is not planning on offering an official Renntransporter/300 SL kit in the near future, but we’d be the very first ones in line if such a project ever sees the light of day.
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