The vintage 8860 car chassis set is a wonderful thing - it deserves front suspension and some sort of body..
About this creation
Any fan of 1980s Technic will tell you how great the 8860 is... but it's not perfect. I decided to update it a bit with new features. This is not 100% MOC but I hope you don't mind.
Anyhow, I have given it a double wishbone front suspension with smoother acting steering with a steering wheel that manages to be closer to the middle of the seat. I've also rearranged the reinforcement of the rear end to find room for a pair of folding '+2' rear seats. There is a little more detail in the dashboard/centre console area and the front seat backs are shapelier and shorter and they've gained sliding headrests.
And just what have Lego got against rear bumpers? (with the honourable exception of the even more ancient 853). My version has one. Here you see the two versions together. Mine is the same size in track/wheelbase and overall length.
So here we have the chassis of a compact and sporty 4 seater with a flat four engine slung out back... sounds like a Porsche 356.. aka THE CURVIEST CAR EVER MADE * . Even the suspension layout is the same (wishbones/swing axles).. Sorry to disappoint but you'd need to be some sort of Firas to make that work - this is getting a sketchy, angular style to retain some flavour of the classic Lego kits.
What? No opening doors? People make 4-wides with opening doors, for christsakes.. rigidity is my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
Well, the bonnet opens to show off the front suspension.. very strong and effective.
Now even I know that boot is opening the wrong way..
In order for the two piece folding roof to nestle on top of the engine. It clears the fan by less than a millimetre.
Interior views.. the centre console has a little cubbyhole and an ever-so-useful TV, the dash has three dials and the gearbox is as much of a pig to use as it ever was...
Together; one original, one better(maybe). Tell me what you think.
OK, I had to try : http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/275626
Quoting Alex B
I was reading your review at brickset, and I saw this link so I clicked on it! But none of the images are there! =O Is there something you can do? No rating as I can't see the MOC.
Hi Alex. I may dig the images out and re-upload if I can find them... this had a fairly rudimentary 8880-esque body made with black studded beams. My Porsche 356 used the same chassis: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/275626
Great MOC and great set. It was actually my second set after the yellow forklift. I build this one 100 times and made my own mocs back then with this chassis. I think I will rebuild a few to place them here as well. The 853 I bought in 2009so wasn't aware of the flaws of this one till then. I very like the 2 extra seats.
Excellent mods. This is one of my favourite sets, I must of made it 100 times as a kid. Built it a few months ago for old times sake. Thanks for commenting on my cobra, I will try out some bigger steering wheels.
Excellent! As my brother says, Lego could have made it! One thing that makes it look less " official model like " is that it has plates on the body, and the n8880 doesnt. But it wasn't meant to be a set that Lego could hev made! I love the original, and Love your one even more!
Very nice model - looks authentic; something they could have made. I like the old style and agree about the rigidity - looks and moving bits are nice, but not at the expense of the model falling apart in the process.
Nice convertible roof system, too - the car looks good both with and without the roof.
I bought the complete Miami Vice box a week ago to keep my 80s spirit awake for inspiration. Now I see that a lot of people keep their 80s spirit alive and that's wonderful. Nice bodywork for the 8860, very great looking.