The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 is the newest model in the Lego Icons line. This set comes complete with parts that allow you to build a muscle car as a coupe or convertible and with a choice of colors for the stripes.
Despite being a Lego block, this Camaro Z28 model retains the subtle curves of a real-world car, especially at the end of the hood and rear fender. The builder can decide whether to leave the headlights exposed or cover them. The hood opens to reveal a tiny engine, and it even has a 302 sticker above the intake. Other neat features include a working steering wheel, operating doors, and fuzzy dice for display in the interior.
The Z28 kit has 1,458 pieces. When finished, it measures 14 inches (36 centimeters) long, 5.5 inches (14 centimeters) wide and 3.5 inches (10 centimeters) high. This model costs $169.99 and sales begin on August 1.
To promote the new model, Lego created a retro-style ad (above) featuring the Z28 in a showroom. An arrogant salesman in an ugly suit flaunts the vehicle’s features and customization options.
The Z28 is a race-oriented version of the first generation Camaro. It originally arrived in 1967 as a special homologation for the Trans-Am series. Power comes from a 302-cubic-inch (4.95 liter) V8 engine. The official output is 290 horsepower, but that figure is allegedly lower than the actual figure. This model also received powerful front disc brakes, faster ratio steering and stiffer suspension.
Lego continues to be busy introducing automotive models this year. Recently, we took a look at the company’s ultra-detailed Ferrari Daytona SP3 with 3,778 pieces and gimmicks like a functional eight-speed gearbox, working suspension and moving pistons in the engine. There are also Back to the future DeLorean that includes parts to build iconic vehicles like those that appear in all three films. On a smaller scale, there’s the $49.90 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.