Best LEGO Sets for Car Lovers & Petrolheads

Probably the closest you'll ever get to owning a super car

There's a LEGO set for everything these days, and cars are no exception. Just in the past year alone, the popular Danish toy company has released some awesome sets including the James Bond DB5, Bugatti Chiron, and 911 GT3 RS for the serious builders. And some great, smaller ones like the recently released Dodge Challenger SRT Demon set. From 2-in1 rebuilds offering two completely different vehicles to motorized options and pull-backs for cars on the go, LEGO has car lovers and petrolheads covered. Collaborating with the automakers, like Porsche and Ford for instance, the brick-builder brings our favourites cars to life, and for all ages and skill levels. Here, we highlight some of the best and latest vehicle LEGO sets, organized by:

1. LEGO Technic Car Sets

2. LEGO Creator Expert Sets

3. Smaller Car LEGO Sets for Kids

Here's what you'll find in this LEGO guide - including latest price, number of pieces, item number, finished measurements, and key features for each:

  • Technic Bugatti Chiron
  • Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS
  • Technic Rally Car
  • Technic Mercedes-Benz Arocs
  • Technic Black Champion Racer
  • Technic 24 Hours Race Car
  • Creator Expert MINI Cooper
  • Creator Expert Ferrari F40
  • Creator Expert Volkswagen T1 Camper Van
  • Creator Expert James Bond Aston Martin DB5
  • Ideas Caterham Seven 620R
  • DeLorean Time Machine
  • Dark Knight Tumbler

1. LEGO Technic Car Sets

For the more hardcore LEGO fans, these Technic series car sets offer more advanced models with more complex technical functions by adding interconnecting plastic rods and parts to the popular blocks.

LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron

If your kids are LEGO gurus who need a challenge – and more importantly, you’re a car nut – put them to work with the new 1:8 scale LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron. Best part? Display in your office. It’s a win-win in our books. LEGO teamed up with Bugatti to produce this 3,599 piece project that finds a unique serial number under the car's hood, a burly W16 engine with pistons that move, and the doors open up to a detailed cabin displaying a Technic 8-speed gearbox with movable paddle gearshift and a steering wheel showcasing that glossy Bugatti emblem.

Key Specs & Features:

  • 3599 pieces
  • Ages 16+
  • Item No. 42083
  • Measures over 5” (14cm) high, 22” (56cm) long and 9” (25cm) wide
  • Developed in partnership with Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S
  • Includes a unique serial number located beneath the hood
  • The W16 engine has moving pistons

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Put your kid to work with the 3,599-piece LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron

If your children are LEGO gurus who need a challenge - and more importantly, you’re a car nut - put them to work with the new 1:8 scale LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron. Best part?...

LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS

The new 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS sports the most powerful naturally aspirated engine in a road-legal 911 ever. This 520-hp RS rocket marks the company’s third GT road-approved sports car within a year, coming off the heels of the 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 R2. But you're buying LEGO, not a race bred racer. This 2704 set finds detailed, orange bodywork, red suspension springs, detailed headlights, taillights, brake calipers and rims with low-profile tires. Plus, a sweet collector's book for the true Porsche GT fans.

Key Specs & Features:

  • 2704 pieces
  • Ages 16+
  • Item No. 42056
  • Measures over 6” high, 22” long and 9” wide
  • Porsche GT fans also get a collector's book chronicling the history of the sports coupe
  • Accurate orange body work, red suspension springs, headlights and taillights and low-profile tires

LEGO Technic Rally Car

This 2-in-1 set isn’t based on any particular real-world model like the LEGO projects above, but it’s badass nonetheless. And you can’t go wrong with a rally car. This 1,000+ set finishes with a sporty blue, white, red and black bodywork with rally stickers. Inside, and in true rally car form, the cabin finds a proper roll cage along with racing seats. Not really a drifter type? No worries, this car also rebuilds into a little off-road buggy.

Key Specs & Features:

  • 1005 pieces
  • Ages 10-16
  • Item No. 42077
  • Measures over 9” (24cm) high, 16” (42cm) long and 8” (21cm) wide
  • Also rebuilds into a Buggy: 2-in-1 model
  • Features a working steering and suspension, large rear spoiler, 6-spoke red rims with low-profile tires, detailed grill, opening hood

LEGO Technic Mercedes-Benz Arocs

You better make some shelf space for this huge LEGO set. These massive, German powerhouses built for serious construction, the real-life Acros is to vehicles what the LEGO variant is to, well, LEGO. Sitting over a foot tall and almost 2-feet in length, this 2,793 piece project comes with a motor and advanced pneumatic system (a system that uses compressed air to transmit and control energy, if you were wondering).

Key Specs & Features:

  • 2793 pieces
  • Ages 11-16
  • Item No. 42043
  • Measures over 12” high, 21” long and 5” wide
  • One of the largest LEGO Technic sets ever
  • Includes large motor and new advanced pneumatic system
  • Extendable crane arm, 4 suspended axles, double wheels on the 2 rear axles, opening tailgate, warning beacons, wing mirrors

LEGO Technic Black Champion Racer

This one actually moves with a pull-back motor, so it's a great build for kids. With only 140 pieces, the Black Champion Racer features a contoured body shape with distinctive black & orange and chrome decals. Added bonus, especially for kids: this combines with the Desert Racer to produce badass truck, also with a couple pull-back motors. This car-truck combo model measures over 3-Inch (10cm) high, 8-Inch (21cm) long and 3-Inch (10cm) wide.

Key Specs & Features:

  • 137 pieces
  • Ages 7 - 14
  • Item No. 42026
  • Measures over 2-Inch (6cm) high, 9-Inch (24cm) long and 3-Inch (10cm) wide
  • Features a pull-back motor
  • Combines with the LEGO Desert Racer truck (Item No. 42027)

LEGO Technic 24 Hours Race Car

This one is for the real circuit race fans. Equipped with suicide doors, all-round independent suspension, high fenders and an opening hood & engine cover, working front steering, and burly V8 with pistons that move, LEGO’s rendition of a 24 Hours Race Car is on-point and well-executed. To level things up, you can upgrade to to the LEGO Power Functions set that brings the LED headlights, gull-wing doors and engine hood all to life. This set is a 2-in-1 so there’s also an SUV Racer sitting over 6” high ready to rumble as well.

Key Specs & Features:

  • 1219 pieces
  • Ages 11 - 16
  • Item No. 42039
  • Measures over 6” (16cm) high, 15” (39cm) long and 7” (19cm) wide
  • 2-in-1 model rebuilds into a SUV Racer
  • Upgrade to optional LEGO Power Functions set for motorized functions

2. LEGO Creator Expert Cars

These sets focus more on themes, and for car fans, LEGO includes some popular, iconic models from the past which make them great for all ages.

LEGO Creator Expert MINI Cooper

The iconic little British car comes to life with this classic MK VII model - arguably the best-looking variant to date (in our humble opinions, anyway). The doors open up to a tan interior with patterned seats, veneer-style dashboard, turning steering wheel, and moving gearshift and handbrake. Or, just remove the roof to get a better look inside. Oh, and round things out, the MINI Cooper set comes with a picnic basket and blanket. Nice touch, LEGO.

Key Specs & Features:

  • 1077 pieces
  • Ages 16+
  • Item No. 10242
  • Measures over 4"high, 9" long and 5" wide
  • Replicates the classic MINI Cooper Mk VII
  • Removable roof to expose the cabin
  • Extra pieces include picnic basket and blanket

LEGO Creator Expert Ferrari F40

The iconic F40 was the last car Enzo Ferrari personally approved himself to celebrate 40 years of Ferrari awesomeness back in the late 1980s when the F40 supercar was first introduced. Now, you can build and showcase your own with a 1158 set that looks pretty awesome once complete (and closest you'll get to owning your own F40). When complete, the F40 extends 10" long, sitting 3" high, putting some cool features like those unmistakable pop-up lights, long stretched-out horizontal design cues, a 90-degree V8, and an impressive cabin all on show.

Key Specs & Features:

  • 1158 pieces
  • Ages 14+
  • Item No. 10248
  • Measures over 3” high, 10” long and 5” wide
  • Pop-up headlights, side air intakes and a vented rear hatch opens up to a twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 90-degree view
  • Doors open up to cabled door handles, steering wheel with Ferrari logo and 2 red racing seats
  • One of the best & most iconic sports cars of all time, enough said

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LEGO announces Ferrari F40 kit

If you're 14+, you can build the new LEGO Ferrari F40.

LEGO Creator Expert Volkswagen T1 Camper Van

The VW Camper is still going strong today, though not available in North America anymore. But here's your chance to own the original T1 from 1962. Over 1,300 pieces, the classic van sits fairly high at over 5" with a roof that complete comes off to expose a sweet interior with bed, kitchenette, bathroom and all. For the price, we'd say this LEGO set is one of the best-valued for all you get. Plus, it looks great sitting on the mantle.

Key Specs & Features:

  • 1334 pieces
  • Ages 16+
  • Item No. 10220
  • Measures over 5” high and 11” long
  • Based on the classic Volkswagen 1962 camper van (T1)
  • Cool features include authentic VW air-cooled flat four cylinder boxer engine, front cabin bench seat, gear stick, angled dashboard and iconic spherical speedometer

LEGO Creator Expert James Bond Aston Martin DB5

Where do we even start with Agent 007’s iconic 1964 sports car by LEGO. So many features, so little time. This brilliant Creator Expert series DB5 adds a few more layers to the typical LEGO car build featuring a wealth of authentic gadgets and gizmos you’d expect from Q’s workshop. All the vital things Bond would need including rotating license plates, tire slashers, machines guns, bullet shield, and of course, an ejector seat. It also finds opening doors and a detailed interior with a concealable radar tracker and door compartment with telephone; all 'powered' by a straight-6 engine under the opening hood. Whether you're a 007 fan or not, this collectable is a fun one. To get a real sense of this special DB5, watch the Bond movie Goldfinger see all these features in action.

Key Specs & Features:

  • 1295 pieces
  • Ages 16+
  • Item No. 10262
  • Measures over 3” (10cm) high, 13” (34cm) long and 4” (12cm) wide
  • Lots of features including rotating license plates, tire slashers, machines guns, bullet shield, and of course, an ejector seat
  • Also, drum-lacquered macaroni connector, 2x4 tile and 1M beam, plus a printed 1x2 tile with grille pattern

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LEGO’s New 1290-piece James Bond Aston Martin DB5

LEGO brings Bond’s most iconic car to life with the 1290-piece Aston Martin DB5 from the 1964 hit film Goldfinger.

Other Car Lego Sets

These LEGO car sets are not in the Technic or Creator Expert series but they're definitely worthy and belong on your shortlist

LEGO Ideas Caterham Seven 620R

Specializing in lightweight sports car, British automaker Caterham Cars may not be well-known by most, but car lovers will appreciate the Seven 620 R - the fastest car by the company, sprinting 0-60 mph in a whopping 2.79-seconds backed by 310-hp via a 2.0L supercharged Ford Duratec engine. The LEGO variant does a good job replicating the original, featuring a removable nose cone, engine and engine cover, and an opening trunk/boot containing axle stands. The set also comes with booklet with details on the Seven 620R.

Key Specs & Features:

  • 773 pieces
  • Ages 12+
  • Item No. 21307
  • Measures over 3” (10cm) high, 11” (28cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide
  • Removable nose cone, engine and engine cover, and an opening boot containing axle stands
  • Booklet about the Seven 620 R (Caterham Cars' fastest car to date)

LEGO DeLorean Time Machine

Marty McFly Would Be Proud Of The LEGO DeLorean Time Machine. Based on the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 as seen in the Back to the Future trilogy. The LEGO DeLorean kits debuted this summer and include characters from the movie; Doc Brown and Marty McFly. This DeLorean is the all-in-one model and comes with instructions to convert it to the original, hover-converted, and railroad models from each of the three movies.

Key Specs & Features:

  • 401 pieces
  • Ages 10+
  • Item No. 21103-1
  • Measures 26 x 18.8 x 6 cm (10.2 x 7.4 x 2.4 in)
  • Open the gull-wing doors, just like the real car
  • Fold up the wheels and engage hover mode

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LEGO DeLorean Time Machine: Going Back to the Future in Style

LEGO is going Back to the Future with the new LEGO DeLorean time machine remote control car. Based on the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 as seen in the Back to the Future trilogy.

Lego Dark Knight Tumbler

Amongst the most notable film-bound vehicles in recent years, Dark Knight’s Tumbler has finally made it to Lego form, ending our string of sad attempts at recreating it ourselves. This 15-inch long model is surprisingly well detailed, down to the adjustable top wings, intricate interior, and large, custom rubber-treaded front wheels.

Key Specs & Features:

  • 1869 pieces
  • Ages 16+
  • Item No. 76023

3. Smaller Car LEGO Ideas for Kids

Here are some smaller sets appropriate for younger children, or simply those not interested in building a 3,000 piece LEGO project. These are all under $100; many under 50 bucks.

LEGO Speed Champions 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and 1970 Dodge Charger R/T 75893 Building Kit

LEGO Ford 1966 GT40 and 2016 GT Ford

LEGO Speed Champions Porsche 919 Hybrid Building Kit

LEGO Speed Champions Ferrari 488 GT3 “Scuderia Corsa” Building Kit

LEGO Speed Champions Mercedes-AMG GT3

LEGO Speed Champions Porsche 911 RSR & Turbo 3.0 Building Kit