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Gordon Keeble GK1
The smallest Technic Supercar* on Mocpages ?
About this creation
The term 'hybrid' did not always mean some Japanese contraption with too many batteries..
It used to be applied to a breed of large Grand Touring car from the 1950's-70's that used an American engine in a European body. The British were the most successful at this, with the Jensen Interceptor and various Bristols all sporting sophisticated European engineering and a powerful American V8. The Italian Iso Grifo and French Facel Vega were other examples of this genre.

The best, however, in terms of it's completeness was the British Gordon Keeble GK1. Starting in 1963 and using a Corvette engine, GK built an all-independent suspension, disc braked, Guigiaro styled, glassfibre bodied beauty. It was ambitious, accomplished, overpriced and, sadly, doomed to failure. It was all over in 1967 with just 100 made.

My model of it is 12 studs wide and packs in as many features as I could manage.



Everything opens..



Some interior detail..



* Here's the tricky bit. The definition of a Technic Supercar is a model that features a working engine, driven by the wheels through some sort of controllable transmission, working steering and suspension on all wheels.

This one features working steering, front suspension by simple pivoting axle, HOG steering controllable from the left exhaust, a working 2 cylinder engine (yes I know..), a two position transmission (drive/neutral) controlled by the gearlever in the cabin and a live axle rear suspension. It's all under here..



It's like a swan.. you can't see it paddling furiously underneath.



With thanks to Glenn Streeter for the subject idea and apologies to Tom Simon for failing to include my rather elegant (but WAY too big) bonnet latching mechanism.



Comments

 I like it 
  May 9, 2011
Yes this is a super car!
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  May 6, 2011
Nice...like the classic wheels
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  March 3, 2011
I got so many ideas from looking at the underside. The steering is just brilliant - the belt drive, the upside down rack and pinion, even the way the axle is attached is unusual! I love the way that everything JUST fits - it's very well-designed. Oh, and the interior is nicely done, too!
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  December 25, 2010
Great, all this working stuff in a pretty small car, it's fantastic!
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  November 24, 2010
i love retro,i love coupes,i love slim body lines,i love convertibles,and i love this color scheme,...but i m blown away by all the functions you inserted in this marvel!...incredible,transmission?...oufff!,man,you re so brilliant!,haveyou seen the new 10 wide windsheild?,the cars you could do with this...it s in a toy story 3 kit,a garbage truck,i have one,and i might do a10-12 wide cars to use it,i don t know when,amazing work nick,amazing work!
 I like it 
  November 24, 2010
Sometimes I just don't get it... it seems like my comments are gone or were never posted as I swear I already commented on this! OK then, once more: WOW! Although I prefer studlessness on my own models, the studded classic look is very refreshing. This paired with all the functional TECHNIC stuff makes your car a perfect example for LEGO at it's best! Greetings & keep them coming, Jens
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  November 24, 2010
i love a lot of features about this car,retro,coupe,convertible,the color scheme,but,i m blown away by the functions!,transmission?,amazing work nick,amazing work!
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  November 1, 2010
This is superb! You now how much I like the old-skool proper studded building so I won't comment on that, but I will on the proper Technic functions; which are fantastic : ) Personally I'd swap the engine for a miniature working V8 though - it is possible (check out Marvin G or Tyler R).
 I made it 
  October 26, 2010
Quoting Steffen Rau (Is a "super car" smaller possible?)
Probably. I reckon 10-wide is do-able. Thanks for stopping by.
 I like it 
  October 26, 2010
Even without any function this would be a great car. One could expect working steering and opening doors. But with all this functions it is perfect. (Is a "super car" smaller possible?)
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  October 26, 2010
Wow! My initial reaction was 'this is a cool looking car' but I had no idea it had the engine transmission steering and suspension; everything works, this is incredible! Your cars always impress me, keep it up!
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  October 26, 2010
Nice work my friend.I know itīs very difficult to put a lot of technique in a car but you did it right.
 I made it 
  October 26, 2010
Quoting A steam locomotive i have a very hard challenge Britannia Gt http://www.motorbase.com/vehicle/by-id/308/ could you do it ?
Hmm interesting... That's going on my list.
  October 26, 2010
i have a very hard challenge Britannia Gt http://www.motorbase.com/vehicle/by-id/308/ could you do it ?
 I made it 
  October 26, 2010
Quoting Rolands Kirpis Are you nuts!??!?!?!?!?
Yes. Yes I am.
  October 26, 2010
Are you nuts!??!?!?!?!? How in a name of mother of LEGO you managet to squize all those functions in this small car!?!?!?!?! And still the bodywork and interior is so accurate...
 I like it 
  October 25, 2010
Sweet! Very good detailing!
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  October 25, 2010
Very nice! I didn't know how this car looked like so I googled it up and now I know how it looks like. I personally don't like the real one but I like this LEGO one. Great job! You've replicated it very well!
 I like it 
  October 25, 2010
Very nice styling + Great technic use! = amazing build!!!
  October 25, 2010
beautyful
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  October 25, 2010
Great stuff!
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  October 25, 2010
flawless! =)
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  October 25, 2010
very nice i like it
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  October 25, 2010
Ah, the wizardry is all on parade here. I notice you are driving home your point through contrast: from the grandness of the V8 based designs, to miniaturizing. Well played back to back. No problem on the latching work, that just means you're still on the hook, and we can expect it in the future. ;^}
 I like it 
  October 25, 2010
nice! I like that you put steering in this scale
 
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