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the Retro Wagon
This car is my dream car; it is the most awesome car ever! It takes all the coolest features from classic cars and puts them into one! It took me 5.5 hours to make.
About this creation
Pre-build
The design for the car was based on a custom car I drew a few months ago.



The Retro Wagon is the first car to be manufactured by my company "Retro Motors."

Uber long story start
The real story:
“Retro Motors” is a fictitious car company I made up, it is a company that really couldn’t exist in the real world because there isn’t enough of a market for classic stile cars in the modern world. But in LEGO I can do what I want, aerodynamics can be thrown out the window because they all get the same MPP (Miles Per Push), they are all imagination powered after all! The company is really just an excuse to relate all my custom cars together by creating a back story for them, it’s a good outlet for my imagination to.

The fictional story behind “RM”:
Retro Motors, or RM, was created by young inventor Scott Bertaut in Buildington, New Jersey. The first car it made was a custom “El Camino,” followed a year later by “the Retro Wagon.” These first prototypes were really just one of a kind cars thrown together out of old parts in Scott’s family’s garage but soon became mass produced as part of an actual company. “The Retro Wagon” was mass produced first to gain funds to purchase the “El Camino” name from GM, the name “Astro” was also part of the deal The company mainly makes new cars that looks similar to the classic cars of old but have all the features of a modern car from one of the “Big 3.” The company is really held up by its use of revolutionary engines and other technology that allows the cars to be fuel efficient and powerful at the same time. It’s these new technologies in its cars that allow them to have any shape but still be fuel efficient and handle well. As soon as the rest of the country is willing to cooperate, the companies CEO planes to introduce advanced hydrogen burning engines into all of its models. The company also has a small side branch that does restoration work on actual classic cars. Retro Motors is one of the only American car companies to enjoy growth in the current recession, and it plans to continue to look into the past to bring people the future cars.
Uber long story end

The build process:
The Retro Wagon was a very challenging build, it didn’t come out exactly how I wanted but still better than I expected (I wasn’t sure I could pull it off at all). The main part that isn’t how I wanted is the front; probably the first two hours of build time didn’t even get to the windshield because I was trying to get that hood to work. The hood is still a little lower and brickier (-that really should be a word) than I wanted. The chases and body of the car are sturdy but the wheels are not. If you push down too hard they come out of place and hit the fenders. It is very hard to put Minifigs in the car because of how hard it is to get the roof on and off. I used up just about all of the little chrome parts I had building this.

Features:
The Retro Wagon has opening doors and two part opening tailgate. The hood lifts up to reveal a V8 engine. It seats 4 Minfigures.





















Update:
I have now done some slight modification to this car; it now has one plate higher ground clearance. It was too low before, I like low riders but this car was not meant to be one it just happened accidentally. The front fender now doesn't look quite as good (not bad though), but the rear one actually looks slightly better. I also added in a really cool rear bumper. I might or might not add updated pictures soon, though I probably will when I get the parts to make that bumper chrome. I like chrome :)



Comments

 I like it 
  August 21, 2012
It's too bricky (You know, that should be a word too.) to be realistic. But its design is pretty good.
 I like it 
  April 19, 2011
I love the engine! The cockpit is great too! So many buttons.
 I like it 
  April 13, 2011
With the covered rear wheels, twin lights and colour scheme this reminds me of my DS. That could do with a V8 as well. Great car!
 I made it 
  February 24, 2011
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 i like all the details and functions you added to this build, i love retro too! check out my retro jeep, your chrome parts are precious as they add to this already great build, do you do city fig scale cars? great work!
I asume by city fig scale cars you mean the ones LEGO makes, the ones I call golf carts. No I do not build cars like those, all my cars are big like the Retro Wagon, but they still fit minifugers. Many years ago, (at least 6 at time of post), I built cars like that, than I started building 6 wide cars and soon after 8 wide like I have now.
 I like it 
  February 23, 2011
Radical!
 I like it 
  February 23, 2011
i like all the details and functions you added to this build, i love retro too! check out my retro jeep, your chrome parts are precious as they add to this already great build, do you do city fig scale cars? great work!
 I like it 
  February 23, 2011
The car looks fantastic and detailed. Very nice!
 I like it 
  February 21, 2011
Very nice and very detailed for the scale, like it.
 I like it 
  February 21, 2011
Nice model indeed, with a spare-tire, nice grill, side-panels and all!
 
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