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1955 Porsche 356 Speedster
The curviest car ever made constructed from little rectangular blocks...
About this creation

After the war, Professor Porsche and his son, Ferry, set about making a pretty little sports car derived from the VW Beetle. In truth, it was so thoroughly developed that the 356 has very little in common with the VW; it was bespoke, charming, capable and beautiful. And expensive.

This is the two-seater Speedster version from 1955. There were so many variations and detail changes over this car's 15-year production run that it's necessary to be specific..



This studtastic model is 1:8 scale with lots of working features, which I'll get to if you have the time...

The interior.. for once I haven't missed anything out. I think...



Doors open, showing off their greebles..



The chassis I've used under those curves is my old modified 8860 set (the finest early technic kit - from 1980) - it's the right size and the layout is spot-on, with the rear mounted engine and swing axle rear suspension. I've added a double wishbone front end, smoother steering and shorter seats, which slide and recline as before. There's a three speed transmission too.

What a silly place to put an engine.. An aircooled flat four, 1600cc in this version with around 60 bhp - enough to take it to 100 mph thanks to light weight and efficient aerodynamics.



Under the bonnet, some steering, suspension and a fuel tank - safely sited over the driver's knees..



Now, it does look like rain...



It'll still leak, but this is a '50s sports car...

After making this convertible roof, I have even more respect for the builders of things like Transformers..



When down, the top stows quite neatly..



Dumpy ? Moi ?



The underside, where it's 8860 origins are quite clear, especially at the back.



The reason why it's built the way it is.. the wheels disappear into the arches when the suspension is compressed and I'd like them still to turn...



Some more views of it's glorious curvaceousness...





Thanks for looking!



Comments

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  December 15, 2014
Awesome
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  December 10, 2014
Quoting Sam the first Simply gorgeous. The shaping is stupendous, and I love how the windscreen/a pillar is quite over complicated, but looks fantastic. And that folding roof- stuff of dreams. I'd love to see some pictures of the mechanism, if I may. It looks outstanding.
Hi Sam. Unfortunately, no other pics exist of this and it's long since dismantled. If memory serves, the roof was done with a lot of hinges and clips, and two 2x2 turntables on the sides. Hope that helps.
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  December 10, 2014
Simply gorgeous. The shaping is stupendous, and I love how the windscreen/a pillar is quite over complicated, but looks fantastic. And that folding roof- stuff of dreams. I'd love to see some pictures of the mechanism, if I may. It looks outstanding.
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  August 20, 2014
Quoting Peter Norrish Love how you show you can make some of the best cars on MOC pages but don't need loads of brand new complicated new Technic. This is a great mix of functionality and style that I think some modern technic sets lack with lots of gaps or big pre shaped panels.
Thanks Peter. That pretty much sums up what I try to do :-)
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  August 20, 2014
Love how you show you can make some of the best cars on MOC pages but don't need loads of brand new complicated new Technic. This is a great mix of functionality and style that I think some modern technic sets lack with lots of gaps or big pre shaped panels.
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  August 16, 2014
looks just like the real, great job
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  April 15, 2014
I missed this one! This is gorgeous ! I love the interior. The window cranks are cool. I really like the way you use the plates to shape your cars . Awesome!
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  December 24, 2012
Quoting jason bungee good job, like the styling and the old lego. the new shaped bricks make it much too easy
Hear, hear! Thanks Jason.
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  December 24, 2012
good job, like the styling and the old lego. the new shaped bricks make it much too easy
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  August 3, 2012
Quoting Jim Morrissey Are you sure you didn't get this from the Lego Designers?
Absolutely certain.
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  August 2, 2012
Are you sure you didn't get this from the Lego Designers? Although, you should change the steering wheel. It looks out of place.
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  June 17, 2012
Spectacular shape! This is one of the best looking cars on MOCpages! It has a very nice interior and the convertible roof is a great feature. 5 out of 5 :-)
Nick Barrett
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kenneth rattledge
  June 1, 2012
excellent car, I used to have the donor car when I was younger, can remember it very well, very impressed with what you have done with it, well done.
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  June 1, 2012
wow looks like the real thing
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  June 1, 2012
I love the functioning roof on this car, I have a thing about working roofs, so much that if I see a car roof going down in the street, I just stand and watch it!! 100000/5 amazing ;)
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  June 1, 2012
A great looking car, please never destroy this beauty, it`s to good.
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  May 8, 2012
This is really beautiful, and the functionality of the convertible top is impressive. You did a great job capturing the curves of the car.
Nick Barrett
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White Knight
  March 29, 2012
A beautiful lego job without any of the modern fabricated, shaped fancy pieces !.....Amazing, as fundamentally brick by brick, as the Original Red Technical lego Tractor !>.....very well done
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  March 6, 2012
This looks excellent!So many studs everywhere and clever job on the convertible roof!The whole model and all the details are instantly recognizable!:D Great Job!:-))
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  March 4, 2012
This is so good it almost brings me to tears, ok well maybe not but it is a great build!
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  January 11, 2012
So...many....STUDS!!! :D Love this moc, in all its porsche-yness and all its bluey-ness :P I really love that working convertible roof, it works perfectly!!!
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  November 22, 2011
This is sooooo cool!!! Hey... with all those curves... I wonder... aren't there some customary curves that are missing? Uhm... where's the curvey Bird(as you Brits say) provocatively posing by that roadster? You need a blonde Belville! Hee, hee! :)
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  November 17, 2011
(sniff), I can't believe you took this apart (sniff)...it's too good to be taken apart. ;( I'm currently building the Ferrari 458 Spider - there's SO many curves! Are you building anything right now? I'll probably start building my transporter sometime during Christmas break.
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  November 8, 2011
WOW! Excellent.
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  November 4, 2011
Very beautiful project. Curves are very successful. For the steering wheel, comments are already made ;-). Really congratulation!
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  November 2, 2011
WHat? Why have I missed this diamond?? It's beautiful, stunning... there's no way I gonna win against you in that Ryans contest of German cars! The Gold is yours!!!
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  September 27, 2011
Shame i can't see this :( I remember it's a real beauty. I'm all spaced out! Can't be bothered to build anymore so i've just done the photos, i just need to think of a story now lol I'll post tonight if you do ;)
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  July 25, 2011
I'm not sure if you've seen this yet, but I think it'll light up a smile on your face if you haven't: http://brickpop.com/page/6/
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  July 22, 2011
Congratulations - 3rd place in my contest goes to you for this superb 356, I love it ! Thanks for participating again, hope to see you aggain in the next contest :) - Dan
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  July 18, 2011
Stunning. I love the full stud style. You do it to perfection.
Nick Barrett
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Lucas .
  July 17, 2011
Fantastic work, I love the fact that it is so detailed and that it has a working roof!
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  July 14, 2011
Nice job, especially with that roof!
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  July 8, 2011
You did it !!! Finally someone build my favorite car in Lego. And you did brilliantly. Congratulations. The beautiful curves of this car are very difficult to make in Lego bricks. But your build is very accurate.
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  July 7, 2011
Stunning work man! Beautiful!
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  July 4, 2011
Another Old Skool studfest and it's terrific!
  July 3, 2011
so nice. The idea to use the 8860set is great. I like it ver much!
 I made it 
  June 27, 2011
Quoting Joost Cumps Maybe an idea? a contest to TRY to make a more appropiate steering wheel? I now I wn't succeed... :-)
That's good thinking! I might just do that..
  June 27, 2011
Maybe an idea? a contest to TRY to make a more appropiate steering wheel? I now I wn't succeed... :-)
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  June 27, 2011
Quoting Henrik Hoexbroe Er... Maybe he couldnt see any piece that RESEMBLED a steering wheel, in the photos... ;-) (running for cover)
Haha! It's the round thing in front of the driver. He can receive signals on it... ;-)
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  June 27, 2011
A classic! Excellent rendition!
  June 27, 2011
Er... Maybe he couldnt see any piece that RESEMBLED a steering wheel, in the photos... ;-) (running for cover)
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  June 27, 2011
What a great car! Excellent work on the shape, and the working roof is brilliant! (The only thing I do not like so much is the steering wheel.)
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  June 25, 2011
Quoting samual murray How do you steer it
er... with the steering wheel.
 I like it 
  June 25, 2011
Oh my, to me this is the prettiest porsche ever. You just made it to look as it is in reality- Amazing what you can do with those bricks! Man, you are a genious!
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  June 24, 2011
How do you steer it
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  June 23, 2011
I love full-stud cars! Stunning work!
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  June 22, 2011
Wonderfully sculpted, looks quite a bit like the real thing (although the middle of the hood seems a little too high to me). You've created a car that blends looks and functionality once again, and you seem to get better at it every time.
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  June 22, 2011
Very nice old school build!
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  June 22, 2011
ravishingly beautiful! this and the VW Beetle ... side by side ... should look great.
 I made it 
  June 21, 2011
Quoting Tom Simon Marketing tip: since you are mastering curves on your cars and maxifigs, why not let them complement each other (as in standard car show practice)?
Haha. Thanks Tom. Good to hear from you :-) I shall go and drape one over the bonnet now..
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  June 21, 2011
Marketing tip: since you are mastering curves on your cars and maxifigs, why not let them complement each other (as in standard car show practice)? Not that I want to take anything away from granny. And I always have time for your geartasticness. The top is a special treat.
 I like it 
  June 21, 2011
Great job! the all studded body is nice. 5/5
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  June 21, 2011
Great job! the all studded body is nice. 5/5
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  June 20, 2011
Enough to convince LEGO to resurrect the (much missed) Model Team.
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  June 20, 2011
Stunning! I saw one of these just the other day when i was in Cote d'Azur, it's one of my all time favourite cars. I love the way you turn squares into curves! My one and only gripe is the colour, shouldn't it be grey? I can see past that though. I love the last two photos, it looks just like the real thing. Btw my Pantera is v.nearly complete, should be up on the weekend :)
 I made it 
  June 20, 2011
Quoting Joost Cumps I also want to support your choice of steering wheel. after a good night of sleep, though :-)
Thanks Joost. That makes 3! Getting there...
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  June 20, 2011
Ever since buying the 8860 set in 1983, I wondered what it would be like to build a bodywork for it. This one is amazing! I recognize the car from the PC game Porsche Unleashed 2000 :)
  June 20, 2011
I also want to support your choice of steering wheel. after a good night of sleep, though :-)
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  June 20, 2011
Quoting Victor ruiz nice.looks good. have you ever tried using the new lego technic to make a frame for a model car and have the body all in studs?
Thanks Victor. I don't have a lot of new style Technic, but I suspect the structure you describe wouldn't be stiff enough on a car this size.
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  June 20, 2011
nice.looks good. have you ever tried using the new lego technic to make a frame for a model car and have the body all in studs?
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  June 20, 2011
... And you said my BSE ship was good! This is AMAZING! The only thing I didnt really like was the dash, but there usually hard to do, but since thats the only problem in the model, I'l let you guess how good it is! Keep on the great work! 5/5
Nick Barrett
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dominick zola
  June 19, 2011
Reminds me of LEGO's VW beetle set, This is a fantastic model!
Nick Barrett
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dominick zola
  June 19, 2011
Reminds me of LEGO's VW beetle set, This is a fantastic model!
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  June 19, 2011
A car this good was worth the 3 page refreshes it took my computer to load it properly!
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  June 19, 2011
Beautiful! I don't know how you manage to get such lovely curves out of the studded bricks, very impressive. The convertible roof also, a nice touch, not too easy to build either I would imagine. I love it!
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  June 19, 2011
Quoting Marc dZ Set 8860... lots of souvenirs!! I was 12 years old! (heavy sigh!) Nice MOC again, you caught the shape perfectly (even with all studs up!). I like the steering wheels! One question comes to me: How are you able to build such big-sized MOCs in so few time between both? I'm amazed.
In this case, I had a week's holiday from work and nothing planned. Lego heaven! :-) And thanks for liking the steering wheel - but I think we're in a minority of two :P
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  June 19, 2011
Set 8860... lots of souvenirs!! I was 12 years old! (heavy sigh!) Nice MOC again, you caught the shape perfectly (even with all studs up!). I like the steering wheels! One question comes to me: How are you able to build such big-sized MOCs in so few time between both? I'm amazed.
  June 19, 2011
WOW!, I don't find any shorter words that describe better my feeling... I'm working on something at the moment... currently, only 10 stud are visible, but not sure I get this kind of perfection... ever... snif... :-)
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  June 19, 2011
Wow! Wow! Juste Wow!!! =)
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  June 19, 2011
Wow! Wow! Juste Wow!!! =)
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  June 19, 2011
your callege (folding roof) is brilliant, nice design at the whole thing.
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  June 19, 2011
Having followed your creations for quite a while now, I've noticed a constant improvement over time... and this is just lovely ! It's always cool to see somebody make such nice, curvy shapes out rectangular blocks - and once again, you're proving that old school lego parts are as good as any to achieve such shapes. Great job, really ! - Dan
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  June 19, 2011
I saw the picture and i thought, that can only be one..... Nick Barret. Again beautyful done. You are master builder sir. Is there car you can't build?..... I thought so..... Well done. I can't Call you my favorit builder cause you already are..... Greetz.
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  June 19, 2011
Absolutely LOVE the full-stud bodywork! This is how LEGO should look. The roof is brilliant, and the technic functions, as always from you, are superb. Your best creation yet, and whilst there are small things I don't like (The steering wheel for example) it's easily a 10/10 MOC. Awesome Sauce
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  June 19, 2011
Very nice, studtastic indeen :P you're a great sculptor. It seems to have a good suspension, good job
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  June 19, 2011
Makes one wanna take a ride on the open road =)
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  June 19, 2011
What a beauty. Glorious curvaceousness indeed. I also have 8860, from memory the rear suspension didn't work that well but was still one of my favourites (and still is). I love what you have done with this classic set. Really like the snot techniques on the sides.
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  June 19, 2011
Quoting Lola TruckDriver The 1.600cc engine would only come much later; this one, in top-of-the-line version, was 1488cc and 55 hp (http://presse2.porsche.de/presse/museum/html/en_7189_0.html) You're also missing the 'moon' wheel hubs; and, lastly, I'm not quite sure I agree with the steering wheel. Eurgh. But all that bad mouthing of me is because I'm so jealous of the soft top articulation. And the fact that it's missing a blonde in it, what's a cabriolet without one, may I ask? And I don't own 8860 but then that's OK 'cause 956 rules them all. cheers, and seriously: Bravo.
Ah yes, oops... Thanks Lola :-)
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  June 19, 2011
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 ouh nick! one of my fav cars! the james dean s porsche! wow! lego really ought to think about doing this one! like you! it s wonderful! much better than the beetle in my point of view! i m curious as how close someone could get from purchasing it to do a porsche like yours! superb work nick! i d so much like a video of it s workings!!!
Thanks Frank. The Beetle set wouldn't be much use to build this: it's mostly bricks and this is done almost entirely with plates.
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  June 19, 2011
When I got to the place that you said started opening the top, I was thinking, "no, no way is this car's top going to actually open.". But it actually did. I'm still amazed at it, steering, suspension, the curvyness, and all the studs. Great job!!!!!
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  June 19, 2011
Bringing studded back into fashion, again. Another wonderfully crated piece in your trademark style
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  June 19, 2011
Wow. Defiantly your best piece so far! I love it! Despite of its studliness, its so full of nice details. First off; excellent sculpting of the body. Then nice grill over the motor. Nice details in the interior. Imrpessive Technic funtions throughout. And the topping of the cake; The operationable soft top! Wheels and sterring wheel are the weakest points, but does not detract from a purist old-school MOC!
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  June 19, 2011
ouh nick! one of my fav cars! the james dean s porsche! wow! lego really ought to think about doing this one! like you! it s wonderful! much better than the beetle in my point of view! i m curious as how close someone could get from purchasing it to do a porsche like yours! superb work nick! i d so much like a video of it s workings!!!
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  June 19, 2011
Awesome! I love 356 Speedsters! And this is an excellent replica of it.
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  June 19, 2011
The 1.600cc engine would only come much later; this one, in top-of-the-line version, was 1488cc and 55 hp (http://presse2.porsche.de/presse/museum/html/en_7189_0.html) You're also missing the 'moon' wheel hubs; and, lastly, I'm not quite sure I agree with the steering wheel. Eurgh. But all that bad mouthing of me is because I'm so jealous of the soft top articulation. And the fact that it's missing a blonde in it, what's a cabriolet without one, may I ask? And I don't own 8860 but then that's OK 'cause 956 rules them all. cheers, and seriously: Bravo.
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  June 19, 2011
O M G this is A-W-E-S-O-M-E! 99999/5!!! i love it!
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  June 19, 2011
Another mighty fine creation from you, in fact that is an understatement...this is absolutely fantastic. The shape is spot on. Love the folding roof and all the small details like the window winders and the grill on the back. Your work always astounds me.
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  June 19, 2011
incredible shape work with platform pieces! Looks darn good mate...
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  June 19, 2011
nice detail - very reminiscint of old lego / technic sets! Great job on this! Two thumbs up!
 
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