These were Lego's first attempts at scale model sets.

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I think we can all agree that the large scale car model sets that Lego makes are wonderful things. But did you know that the first sets like this came out back in 1975? That was when Lego first introduced the short-lived Hobby Series, Lego’s first theme attempting to replicate real vehicles in detail. Most of them (with the exception of an F1 car) were even licensed! Three of them were antique cars, with a 1913 Cadillac (pictured above), a 1909 Rolls Royce, and a 1926 Renault.

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There were also a couple of motorcycle models, with a police Harley Davidson and a Norton motorcycle.

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Then there was a Thatcher-Perkins locomotive, a 1970's Formula-1 car, and the U.S.S. Constellation.

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And that’s about it. The line didn’t end up being a huge success, as not only were some of the models prohibitively expensive for many people at the time, but a lot of kids also just weren’t interested in things like antique cars. So it only lasted a couple years, and nowadays these sets are a bit rare. However, they were very advanced for the time and despite the more limited variety of parts available in the 70's, they managed to capture a surprising amount of detail.

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Lego would go on to revisit the idea with the Model Team series in the late 80's, and in the 2010's they started releasing models of real cars in the Creator Expert series. But it all started with these often-forgotten sets from the 70's.

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