10 LEGO Cars That Will Make You the Coolest Relative This Christmas

Holiday Gift Guide

Lego Camaro drag race kit
Chevrolet Camaro Drag Race kit | LEGO

Last year, we had an unexpected hit on our hands when a feature on Ford’s F-150 Raptor LEGO kit caught traction with readers. Since we aren’t typically used t0 talking about plastic Danish toys in our vertical, the subject of what goes into making a product that is worthy of an automaker’s stamp of approval seemed to be a logical place to begin, followed by what Ford plans to get out of all this in return.

We enjoy talking about the LEGO success story, and like millions of other kids out there, we grew up putting together colorful interconnecting kits on the kitchen table as we broke our parents’ piggy banks and built memories one brick at a time. If it weren’t for LEGO kits, some of us wouldn’t be interested in cars or engineering in the first place, and it’s the same “tear it all down so we can rebuild it into something greater” kind of attitude that continues to inspire young gearheads to this day.

Lego Technic race truck
LEGO Technic race truck | LEGO

So being that it’s the holiday season, and we are in the giving mood, it only seems fitting that we threw a list of kick-ass plastic contenders your way for gifting consideration this year. Few of us have the gumption to steal the crown of most awesome uncle or aunt on Christmas morning from a sibling, but for those of you who thrive on rivalry, one-upping everyone by giving a sweet LEGO kit to a favorite family member is one slick power move.

Since this is the Autos section, it behooves us to keep our list as automotive-focused as possible, and being that we suffer from advanced late-stage “LEGO Mania,” throwing in some big-kid kits was mandatory. Giving the gift that gives back sometimes means spending the bucks on toys engineered to entertain the peanut gallery for hours, and maybe even an adult or two as well.

1. Adventure Vehicles

Lego adventure vehicles
LEGO adventure vehicles kit | LEGO

Designed more for the entry-level builder, all while still offering a functional automobile for them to play with, the 3-in-1 Creator Adventure Vehicles set features an off-road 4×4 machine with a green, white, and black color scheme, a working winch mechanism, pivoting removable doors, all-terrain tires, bulging fenders, a light bar, and a removable roof. There’s also a tool kit and a fire extinguisher for when things get messy, and when off-roading comes to a close, this kit can be rebuilt into a hovercraft or a high-speed helicopter!

  • Operational winch, bull bar, warning beacons, and removable doors and roof
  • Offroader can accommodate a minifigure (not included)
  • 3-in-1 model: rebuilds into a helicopter or a hovercraft
  • Designed for children age 7 to 12

2. Technic Getaway Racer

Lego getaway car
Technic Getaway Racer kit | LEGO

Intended for the intermediate LEGO maniac, this Getaway Racer looks more akin to something Ken Block would drive than a plastic toy kit. With its sinister lines, dark-gray and matte black shades, flame and skull stickers, protruding exhaust, wide wheels, low-profile tires, and heavy-duty bumper for smashing through police blockades, this kit is anything but understated. One of the slickest features on the Getaway Racer is its pull-back motor, which allows it to zip around at high speeds, and once combined with the Police Interceptor, enthusiasts can either kick-off a car chase or slap both vehicles together in order to create the “Extreme Police Racer.”

  • Features a powerful pull-back motor, massive exhaust pipes, extra-wide wheels, low profile tires, flame and skull decals, and a heavy-duty front battering ram bumper
  • Combine with the Police Interceptor to create an awesome Extreme Police Racer
  • Designed for children age 7 to 14

3. Porsche 919 Hybrid and 917K Pit Lane

Lego Porsche paddock
Porsche 919 Hybrid and 917K Pit Lane kit | LEGO

If you don’t feel that a high speed police chase through the kitchen is a good idea, maybe a table-top Porsche paddock is a bit more your speed. This is a pretty big kit, and comes complete with both a vintage Porsche 917K as well as a modern 919 Hybrid, five minifigures, a functional lift, and a whole lot more. The garage is also reconfigurable, and can be folded out to create a pit stop, and a paddock and podium come attached for celebratory purposes!

  • Includes five minifigures: a vintage Porsche racing driver, modern Porsche racing driver, two mechanics, and a race official
  • Designed for staging a Le Mans-style race between the modern Porsche 919 Hybrid and classic Porsche 917K with a fully-equipped team, garage/pit stop, and victory podium
  • Both race cars feature removable windshields, interchangeable wheel trims, and authentic Porsche logo and headlight stickers
  • The foldout garage/pit stop includes a fully functional lift and assorted paddock must-haves including a removable spare wheel trolley, two spare wheels, a removable fuel pump, a fire extinguisher, two chairs, and various tools
  • Car lift is adjustable to allow mechanics to work on each vehicle and change out wheels
  • Includes authentic car performance pit stop screens and timing-board elements
  • Included podium makes starting and finishing a race even more official
  • Designed for children age 8 to 14

4.  1962 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van

Lego VW bus
1962 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van kit | LEGO

This about as close to a replica of the classic Volkswagen Camper Van from 1962 as it gets, and LEGO has done a fantastic job of making sure every iconic aspect was included. Details include a signature “V” shape three-way split at the front, rounded roof and window frames, a functional “splittie” safari windshield, swinging doors, a pop-up roof with textile curtain surround, roof rack, rear side air intake vents, and tons more. On the inside, be sure to note the air-cooled flat four cylinder boxer engine, front cabin bench seat, stick shift, angled dashboard, and unmistakable spherical speedometer. Custom LEGO extras include a folding rear bench seat, a folding dinette table, a closet and mirror, and even a painting that would make Bob Ross proud.

  • Features 11 windows, authentic plaid-print textile curtains, pop-up camper roof, roof-rack, and wing mirror
  • Rear door opens to reveal detailed engine
  • Interior also features a rear bench seat that transforms into a bed, a “Make LEGO Models, Not War” T-shirt, and a shelf with a plant
  • Designed for anyone 16+

5. Ferrari F40

Lego Ferrari F40
Ferrari F40 kit | LEGO

Most of us never have the pleasure of seeing one of the world’s greatest supercars in person, but if you are into building things, this kit is about as close as it comes. Categorized under the “Creator Expert” section, this Ferrari F40 replica takes many of the vintage supercar’s most recognizable traits, and brings them home in vibrant red detail. Ferrari fans will fawn over things like the functional pop-up headlights, sharp side air intake ducts, and vented rear decklid that swings open to reveal the F40’s twin-turbo, 90-degree V8 engine.

Period correct details are everywhere on this thing too, including crafted cabled door handles, a racing steering wheel (complete with Ferrari logo), a duo of red racing seats, and a luggage compartment filled with tools under the hood. This model also receives a special windscreen with printed A-pillars, custom molded wheel inserts, and ultra high performance tires in order to make this a must-have for any Ferrari fanatic.

  • Features a dizzying array of brick-built touches, making it one of the most detailed LEGO kits on the market today
  • Vented rear hatch lifts to reveal the highly detailed, twin-turbo V8 engine
  • Doors and hood open to allow access to the authentic interior and tool kit
  • Designed for anyone 14+

6. Ford F-150 Raptor and Ford Model A Hot Rod

Lego Ford Raptor kit
Ford F-150 Raptor and Ford Model A Hot Rod kit | LEGO

In our book, the Ford F-150 Raptor/Model A Hot Rod kit has to be one of the coolest things ever, not only because it started this whole LEGO craze, but due to the amount of detail and interaction it embodies. The Ford F-150 Raptor itself features compress and rebound off-road suspension, a flip-up roof, and a fully-hinged trailer to help transport the owner’s custom Model A rat rod down to the local burnout box.

Once you reach the local drag strip there’s a bunch of cool stuff to do and see, including a starting light tree and a welder with a mask and torch at the ready. There’s also a team garage that comes fully furnished with an engine crane, welding machine, and oil can, as well as numerous other tools for keeping race day safe and fun for everyone. Flip the garage around and it suddenly transforms into a victory podium, complete with a trophy and flags for celebrating that last quarter mile pull!

  • Includes four minifigures: a hot rod driver, racing driver, mechanic, and a race official
  • The Ford F-150 Raptor features a driver’s cabin with removable windshield, massive wheels, moving suspension, authentic Ford logo and headlight stickers, and a fully functional, detachable trailer
  • The Ford Model A Hot Rod can fit a minifigure inside and features a removable windshield, two interchangeable engines, authentic Ford logo and headlight stickers, and interchangeable wheel trims
  • Team garage comes fully equipped with an engine crane, welding machine, tools, and oil can
  • Garage turns around to reveal the victory podium with checkered flag decoration and a trophy
  • Starting lights tower features translucent red, amber, and green “light” elements, and authentic Ford logo stickers
  • Designed for children age 8 to 14

7. Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Lego Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS kit | LEGO

This is easily the most complex and expensive LEGO kit listed here, and it isn’t designed for anyone under the age of 16. The detail-oriented Porsche 911 GT3 RS kit is a Technic replica like no other, and upon opening the car’s luxurious packaging, you’ll find a special collector’s book chronicling the history of both Technic and Porsche GT cars, as well as four original-design wheels sporting the RS logo.

All portions of the build are boxed separately, and the building sequence replicates the vehicle’s entire assembly process to a fine point. Everything from the model’s orange shell, adjustable rear spoiler, and red springs, to its extremely detailed lights, brake calipers, and interior match the $180,000 full-size version. The cockpit features an intricate dashboard, working gearbox, a functional steering wheel with paddle shifters, racing seats, and a glove compartment that’s been embellished with a unique serial number. Both doors and hood swing freely to show off the interior and a storage compartment that houses a suitcase, and popping the rear hatch reveals an extremely ornate flat six engine with moving pistons.

  • Includes a collection of authentic stickers
  • Doors open to allow access to the ornate cockpit
  • Rear lid lifts to reveal an intricate flat six engine with moving pistons
  • Glove compartment opens to showcase a unique serial number
  • Delivered in luxurious box packaging
  • Includes a special full-color collector’s book that chronicles the history of LEGO Technic and Porsche GT cars
  • Designed for anyone 16+
  • This set includes over 2,700 pieces and is a full 1:8 scale model

8. Chevrolet Camaro Drag Race

Lego Camaro drag race kit
Chevrolet Camaro Drag Race kit | LEGO

Speed Champions is the LEGO series that brings you kits like the aforementioned F-150 Raptor drag race set, and The Blue Oval is always down for a competitive showdown with the Bowtie brand across the town. This muscle car kit offers up both an iconic 1969 and a modern 2016 Chevrolet Camaro for anyone looking for some living room sactioned high speed heads-up racing. This is a great kit for anyone looking for a value buy. It comes in at around $30 and features two Chevrolet Racing driver minifigures, a race official holding a checkered flag, a trophy for the winner, and a fully functional start/finish line that allows builders to switch the lights from red to green.

  • Includes three minifigures: two Chevrolet Racing drivers and a race official
  • The race-ready, buildable 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and 2016 Chevrolet Camaro cars can each fit a minifigure inside and come with two sets of interchangeable wheel trims, removable windshields, and authentic Chevrolet logo and headlight stickers
  • 1969 Chevrolet Camaro also comes with two interchangeable engine blocks
  • Start/finish line “lights” (translucent elements) switch from red to green to begin the race
  • Designed for children age 7 to 14

9. Creator Volkswagen Beetle

Lego VW Bug
LEGO Creator Volkswagen Beetle | LEGO

Here’s another Creator Expert reproduction that is sure to make any experienced LEGO maniac smile. This Volkswagen Beetle features an azure-blue color, curved fenders, a flat windshield, VW logo, and an authentic four-cylinder air-cooled engine and fuel tank, as well as small stuff like turn signals, custom license plates, and pivoting side mirrors. The interior is also fully accessible and comes with beige forward-tilting seats, a detailed dashboard, and steering wheel, and sitting atop it all is a roof-rack, complete with surfboard and removable cooler. The hood, trunk, and doors all open too, and it even comes with a fabric beach towel.

  • Four different license plate stickers for customization
  • Both the cooler box and the surfboard are removable
  • Rear seat tilts forward to allow access to the storage space, where you will find a beach towel
  • Hood lifts to show the spare tire and fuel tank
  • Trunk opens to reveal an authentic, four-cylinder air-cooled engine
  • Special elements include a round tile with printed VW logo, arched fender elements, and an updated windshield design
  • Designed for anyone 16+
  • This set includes over 1,000 LEGO pieces

10. Creator MINI Cooper

Lego Mini Cooper
LEGO Mini Cooper | LEGO

Our final entry is a brick replica of an old school MINI Cooper Mk VII. This little kit is full of neat details, from the iconic green and white color scheme, complete with signature white wing mirrors and racing stripes, to the functional doors, hood, and trunk, making it a must have for fans of the classic Michael Caine masterpiece, The Italian Job. Sporting fog lights, a detailed engine, a separate spare tire compartment, and a removable roof for easy access to the car’s tan interior and quilted seats, this kit is the complete package. Hell, it even has a veneer-style dashboard, a functional steering wheel, and a shifter assembly and handbrake that are both movable. And yes, the picnic basket and blanket do come with the kit as well to further instill that quaint British countryside ambiance.

  • Authentic scaled replica of the MINI Cooper Mk VII
  • Accessories include a picnic basket, bottle, bread, cheese, and a blanket for that nostalgic picnic feel
  • Classic green and white color theme with white wing mirrors and racing stripes
  • Hood lifts to reveal a detailed engine
  • Designed for anyone 16+
  • This set includes over 1,000 LEGO pieces