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1950s Italian Sports Car
With this car we introduce a new category: The "Galleria storica" will show the classic contributions to our website, GT cars as well as racers and F1. We like to invite you to a tour through times long ago, iconic automobiles and legendary races like the Mille Miglia or Le Mans.
About this creation
The model

The first contribution to the new "Galleria storica" resembles no specific model. Thus we see no make emblems, although it was obviously inspired by Italian sports cars from the 1950s / 1960s like the 1960 Maserati 3500GT Vignale Spyder, the 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Touring Cabriolet and the Ferrari 410 SuperAmerica & 250 GT LWB California Spyder.

I came to the decision to build a "Barchetta" - small boat - an open variant. The overall shape looks quite blocky and was a solid build, but the devil is in the detail. To challenge myself I opted for a thirteen studs wide body, resulting in some headaches.


I made this car about a year ago but delayed posting again and again. It would have been the perfect candidate for the 4th BOW challenge "Out of your comfort zone" ...now it's just an overlate exemplar I'd like to share with you.

OK, let's add some color:

Overall views



Aside from the headlights and cabin floor the model is completely studless.












All opened




As with most of our cars, the doors, trunk and hood are openable.




Details

The "rims" HAD to be painted...





Both bumpers are fourteen studs wide. The half stud offset accentuates the smooth lines.




Well, it's just one plate high but it is still an hideous, bulky edge! Hmm, try sandpaper? *Just kidding*



Lots of curved slopes...




You can actually open the tank cap.




The trunk is really spacious...but due to the complicated joints not spacious enough to add an inner lining *sigh*




Interior

No stickers on this one...




Door lining




As I saw several restored classics (at least Ferraris), I went for this unusual color instead of the usual tan leather.




Engine & exhaust

Quick releases secure the hood...




...which features a big scoop (actually built "hollow")...




...to direct air to the massive 3,5 liter V-12.




More precisely, it channels the incoming air directly into three Weber carburetors. Fuel explodes, witchcraft happens,...




...the drive shaft revolves and off you go! 340 bhp permit a top speed of about 160 mph.

Meanwhile the burnt gases exit the car throgh a tricky exhaust system...




...with four pipes.



Wallpaper




Thank you for spending some time in the new "Galleria storica". I hope you enjoyed your visit and comment & discuss this creation, as your input always helps to create better cars.


MOC by Jens





Comments

 I like it 
  July 27, 2013
Great build! How many studs wide is it? 13?
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  October 22, 2012
Lovely! Look at my creation and rate it! http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/328869 You can contact me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GabrieleZanello E-mail: zanellog@live.com
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  September 2, 2012
this is the best car I've seen, is it suposese to be the Ferrari 250 gt California?
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  January 30, 2012
This is wonderful!
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  September 2, 2011
very nice! you are just as good as frias! i like the rims a lot. and please check this out some time. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/280379.
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  November 24, 2010
Quoting Nick Barrett All of your cars are great but this is the most beautiful.. it just makes me want to go out and drive !
Thanks Nick...I didn't know you were so tiny! Just wait a few more days as there will be one or two more classics soon B-)
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  November 24, 2010
All of your cars are great but this is the most beautiful.. it just makes me want to go out and drive !
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  November 8, 2010
That is terrific! Wonderful detail and functions. I am truly jealous and hope to build as well as this someday!
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  October 5, 2010
thats awsome I love that car Keep On Brickin.~Ford
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  September 4, 2010
Wow, great model ! I can't believe I never found your stuff before - you've got some amazingly good cars on here :) I love tis one especially, it certainly resembles the influences (though I must say, probably due to the colour, that the first thing I thought was 'aston martin') - lovely details, nice shape - and nice to see somebody making a classic car for a change :) It's such a funny coincidence that on the comment you left on my Bugatti model you suggested building an Alfa Romeo 8C... M big white car was supposed to be the last model before I leave for university but since I've ended up with some extra time, and a day or two with nothing useful to do; I've already started work on the next car I'd planned to build over christmas... and already nearly finished it. If all goes well, it'll be up later today or tomorrow... and your suggestion incidentally couldn't be a lot nearer to what the car is :) - Dan
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  June 20, 2010
Stunning.
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  December 17, 2009
It may be my age, but I think the classic autos look better than a lot of these so-called super powered cars of today. Notice, people, that I said a lot, not all! But I refer that classic look over sloping roofs and tiny headlights. Your Moc is excellent. Italy had some of the best iron going in the 50's and 60's, and they still do.
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  November 22, 2009
Incredible!
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  November 17, 2009
6/5 It's wonderful!!!
  November 14, 2009
dude that is amazing I could never build anything that good.how did you make the rims? anyway tottaly awsome.
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  November 14, 2009
Gorgeous car!
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  November 13, 2009
Wow! Better than Firas'!!! :p JK. Great work pal.
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  November 12, 2009
this is absolutely beautiful! my favourite kind of cars are the sports cars from the late 50s and early 60s and his car is a perfect example of one! 5*
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  November 10, 2009
That's sleek and smooth! Amazing!
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  November 10, 2009
Amazing!
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  November 10, 2009
Unbelievably awesome!!! Great work!
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  November 9, 2009
Wow wow wow! It's kinda like mine, only it makes mine look like it was made in the 80s (admittedly that's when the bricks are from but still) by an untrained monkey. I soooo need newer bricks. Cue and order of a few Ferrari sets. 5/5 by the way, an astonishing build!! P.S LEGO are cleverer than they seem; these new style pieces mean my old second hand ones just don't cut it any more, forcing me to buy more LEGO...
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  November 9, 2009
Wie gewohnt ein sehr detailiertes Vehicle.Ich bin ja nicht der grosse Italo-Flitzer Liebhaber aber diese Kreation ist sehr beeindruckend.Die Lufteinlässe an den Seiten sind der Burner(:-)) Kritik kann ich nicht äussern.Einfach perfekt. Gruss Patrick
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  November 9, 2009
Beautiful from every angle. The front, the back, the sides... EVEN THE BOTTOM!! Why aren't LEGO sets as good as this work of art? Because you and Firas don't work for them, that's why.
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  November 9, 2009
fantastic!
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  November 9, 2009
in a word 'beautiful'I can't really think of anything else to say about this one.
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  November 9, 2009
Really lovely MOC! So many careful details. Espexially I like the motor details. Where do the rims come from?
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  November 9, 2009
WOW
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  November 9, 2009
Awesomely sweet.
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  November 9, 2009
Wow your first old sportscar. I have a group for old cars, you know the group. The car is magnificent. The engine, exhausts, exterior is wonderful. The first old italian sports car. keep it up and I agree with Rolands Kirpis, you two are as good as Firas.
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  November 9, 2009
I read first time "made by.." Didn't believe it. Read second time.. Didn't believe either. Only after fourth time I realized - Firas has to start worry about beeing the best car builder. I think you bouth (or you three actually) have to share the highest pedestal!!! The car?? Perfect!! Everone would love to have this in his/her own collection. This is million times better than any of LEGO sets. I just wonder, who works there...??? You (and FIras) should be making tons of "greens" with work like this!!
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  November 9, 2009
Wow. At first I thought: "Cool model, now let's see how did he make it with LEGO".. only THAT was the LEGO version!
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  November 8, 2009
Fantastic! Beautiful work on the form and detailing.
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  November 8, 2009
Wow simply stunning.You exeeded more detail features than i would.great work!!!
  November 8, 2009
Wow! Beautiful sports car! When I first saw it, I thought of a Ferrari 250 GT California. The details are excellent. I love the heavily detailed engine bay. The chassis with exhaust lines is great- really realistic. I like how you did the side intakes. The body's shape and design is amazing! Great work on the interior- interesting color choice- presents well, and also great job on the dashboard. Great car! Keep building! -Anthony Dunne
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  November 8, 2009
That's beautiful!
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  November 8, 2009
You guys are Gods at this. This car is stunning and I just love the red eye filtered cover shot you used. Awesome build, I hope this rates or this site is going to start to seem ridiculous to me. Fantastic work and thanks for sharing it...In my opinion cars reached their pinnacle by the end of the muscle car era, and it's been down hill since - except for some of the cool retro cars their doing now.
 
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