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How to Build a LEGO Car

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How to Build a LEGO Car

Key Points

  • Legos are a versatile toy that can be transformed into anything you want, including cars.
  • When building a Lego car, you can choose to plan it out or freestyle it.
  • There are steps to follow when building a Lego car, including selecting the pieces, starting with the front, adding a windshield, building the body, and deciding on trunks and spoilers.

Legos might just be the world’s greatest toy. They can be easily transformed into practically any toy you want so long as you have enough pieces, patience, and imagination to build them. There are plenty of toy cars on the market, but if you want a custom car, and you want to have a little fun building it with another toy you already have, building a Lego car might just be the project you want to take on. Anything on four wheels can be a car, and whether you’re looking to build a fancy sports car or a simple jalopy, this article can be a great guideline to walk you through the basics of how to build a Lego car. 

Before You Begin Your Lego Car

While all you technically need for a Lego car is four wheels, two axles, and a body to connect it all, if you’d like to take it beyond the basics there are a few more considerations. Everyone has different tastes when it comes to the style of cars, but there are also practical considerations. Does this car need to be big enough for other toys like dolls and action figures to ride in? Does it need to be small enough to race against Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars? Is it a work of creativity all its own? A few other considerations to take into account during the planning phase of your Lego car are:

  • The color scheme/style of the car
  • The number and type of bricks you have available
  • The style and size of the car

Many of these factors will depend upon your time, resources, and skill level. On that note, if you are a more advanced builder, you may need to decide if your Lego car will be for play or for show, as an exhibit. If it is exclusively for playing, it allows you some leeway on the color consistency and coherence of the design. You may also want to consider building a convertible so that any other toys, or even your Lego minifigs, can be easily placed inside before going on a joyride. If it is for display only, the planning phase becomes much more critical.

To Plan or Not to Plan

The more elaborate a Lego car you plan to design, the more important the planning phase. Lego is a fantastic toy because it gives freedom to all types of people to work in the way that best suits them. Some of us like to plan things out meticulously, and for those types, devising a plan, or perhaps purchasing a Lego car set that comes with a plan, is the way to go. Others among us prefer to begin building with little to no plan and let their creativity guide the way. 

Building a Lego Car With a Plan

If you’re not the sort to freestyle your Lego car build, perhaps looking at plans that others have can help you devise a custom plan of your own. There are existing instructions for Lego cars available for download online provided by Lego’s Customer Service. There are also several virtual building tools available online such as the free BrickLink Studio, which comes recommended from Lego customer service.  As the name implies, these tools allow you to virtually create design ideas that can assist in the physical construction of your Lego car. 

Huge pile of colorful lego bricks with childrens hands

Building a Lego Car Without a Plan

Sometimes it can be fun to wing it and let your inner muse take the wheel. If you prefer to freestyle it and plan as you go, you may want to use this as a guide. While you can play fast and loose with the color scheme and overall aesthetic, these steps will help you ensure that your Lego creation is a car and not just a hodgepodge on wheels. All the really fun stuff can still be up to you, though. 

Step 1: Select Your Pieces

Even if you choose to go freestyle with the build, there are still a few key pieces that you will need in order to make it a car. Luckily enough, most basic car designs can be built using very common Lego pieces. Odds are you already have all the pieces you need for a car on hand. Obviously, you will need 4 tires (make sure they are all the same size). You will also need two axles of the same size in order to ensure balance. Finally, you will need a thin plate to act as the base of the chassis. From there, you have a bit more freedom, as you can build the body with the pieces you see fit.

Step 2: Begin Assembly of Your Lego Car

After your pieces are selected, it’s time to assemble the Lego car. First, you will need to attach the axle pieces to the baseplate, and then you can attach the wheels to the axles. The wheels should snap right onto the prongs that are affixed on either side of the base plate. Once the wheels are affixed you can begin to construct the body of your Lego car. Be cautious, however. The size of your car’s body should be proportionate to the size of the wheels you selected. If your wheels are big and your body small, you will find it difficult for your car to move. Try to avoid a top-heavy build and focus on balance. That will make your Lego car more mobile.

Step 3: Start with the Front

We recommend building the hood first. It’s easier to make adjustments to the back end if your car ends up not looking right. The front should be the sleekest part of the car, which is why it’s a good starting point. Many of your other decisions will be influenced by the hood. Unless you are making a boxy-looking vehicle like a Jeep, it’s a good idea to start low at the front and work up a little taller until you get to the windshield.

Step 4: Add a Windshield

Lego makes windshield pieces specifically for this kind of build. You might have picked one from another set or a general pieces kit. Either way, this is the perfect opportunity to make use of that piece with an oddly specific purpose. Even if you don’t have a clear plate piece that can as a windshield, you can still use one-by-ones to build a section that is marked off for the windshield. Obviously, the windshield area needs to be located directly behind the recently constructed hood.

Step 5: Build the Body

Next, you can build up the body of the car. Remember to keep the size in proportion to the wheels you have selected. It’s also a good idea to leave room for a Lego minifigure or two so that your car can have riders. If you want to make the car as realistic as possible, you can also add a steering wheel using a couple of one-by-two bricks and a special wheel piece. This is also the stage where you need to plan out the doors. Will your car have opening doors or will your minifigs enter the car through the roof?

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Make sure the body is in proportion to the size of the wheels you’ve chosen.

Step 6: Trunks and Spoilers

We’ve finally gotten to the back end of the car. It’s time to figure out what that’s going to look like. Are you going to make a hatchback and build straight across from the body or are you going to do a traditional backend with a trunk and scale down from the height of the car’s body? If you go with the latter, you’ll also need to decide if you are going to add a spoiler. This can be easily added with a couple of two-by-two bricks and a long thin plate. Adding a spoiler can really help sell the illusion if you are building a sports car.

Step 7: Convertible or Roof

Finally, you will decide if you want to enclose your minifigures or have their plastic hair blowing in the breeze. If you do not have doors and you want to build a car for minifigures to ride in, you may want to consider building a car where the top is permanently down. If, however, you went through the process of building doors, you should consider adding a roof. You should also add a roof if you are building a larger vehicle like an SUV.

Pre-planned Lego Car Sets

If you are more of a builder than a planner, Lego does sell sets that come with a plan already included and all the pieces you will require. Here are a few of our favorites so you can just get straight to the fun of stacking bricks. 

LEGO Speed Champions McLaren Solus GT & McLaren F1 LM 76918

This Lego set comes with two variations on racing cars. It’s a double pack which means you get two Lego cars for the price of one.

Double-Pack LEGO Set
LEGO Speed Champions McLaren Solus GT & McLaren F1 76918
$29.68
  • Includes 2 buildable car models
  • Features details from the real vehicles
  • Comes with 2 driver minifigures
  • For ages 9 and above
  • Set has 581 total pieces
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LEGO City Electric Sports Car 60383

If you are looking for a Lego car that has more of a day-to-day design, this practical little number has you covered. Now your minifigures can feel good about their eco-friendly ride as they run errands all around their Lego city.

Perfect for Young LEGO Car Enthusiasts
LEGO City Electric Sports Car 60383
$7.49
  • Great for kids ages 5 and up
  • Also includes a toy charging station and racing driver minifigure
  • Kit contains 95 total pieces
  • Features a rear spoiler, cool wheels, and a neon-yellow design
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LEGO Technic Lamborghini Huracán Tecnica 42161

If you’ve ever wanted to own a Lambo, here’s your chance. Fortunately, the price scaled down, just like the Lego version of the car.

Advanced Car Building Kit
LEGO Technic Lamborghini Huracán Tecnica 42161
$44.79
  • Build the moving V10 engine, steering, and opening doors of the Huracán
  • Classic green color scheme inspired by the original
  • For ages 9 and up
  • Set has 806 total pieces
  • Zoom in and rotate your model in 3D with the LEGO Builder app
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LEGO DC Batmobile: Batman vs. The Joker Chase

If you’re looking for the coolest Lego car money can buy, look no further. The Batmobile might just be the coolest car in pop culture history.

Authentic Action
LEGO DC Batmobile: Batman vs. The Joker Chase 76224
$47.97
  • Modeled after the Batmobile in the classic 1989 movie
  • Set comes with Batman and The Joker minifigures
  • Accessories include a Batarang, harpoon spike, and handcuffs
  • Kits has 438 total pieces
  • For ages 8 and up
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LEGO Icons Land Rover Classic Defender 90 10317

If you’re looking for something in a more rugged, outdoorsy model, this Land Rover might be just what your adventurous little minifigs need.

Great for Fans of Offroading
LEGO Icons Land Rover Classic Defender 90 10317 Model Car
$239.95
  • For adults and classic car lovers
  • Immersive building project
  • Build the car as a left-hand or right-hand drive vehicle. It comes with the choice of a diesel or a petrol engine, plus 3 different hood options
  • The model features functional steering, opening doors, working suspension, and a hood that opens
  • Customize this model car collectible with off-road accessories including a roll cage, fire extinguisher, jerry cans, toolbox, working winch, mudguards and traction plates
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Steps to Build a Lego Car

StepsDescription
Step 1: Select Your PiecesGather all the pieces you need for easy assembly. Keep color scheme and aesthetics in the forefront of your mind.
Step 2: Begin Assembly of Your Lego CarStart by attaching the wheels to the axles, then attach the axles to the baseplate. This will give you the base and you can build up from there.
Step 3: Start with the FrontBuild the hood first. Start low at the front and work up until you get to the windshield.
Step 4: Add a WindshieldAdd a plastic windshield or at least two supports for the roof that can suggest a windshield.
Step 5: Build the BodyMove on to the main body or the center of the car. Don’t forget the doors so that your minifigs can get in and out.
Step 6: Trunks and SpoilersThe back end of the car comes last. Trunk or hatchback? Spoiler or not?
Step 7: Convertible or RoofAdd a roof to the car to complete the look. If you couldn’t figure out doors, consider leaving the top down and putting your minifigs in from there.
  1. LEGO Speed Champions McLaren Solus GT & McLaren F1 76918
    $29.68
    • Includes 2 buildable car models
    • Features details from the real vehicles
    • Comes with 2 driver minifigures
    • For ages 9 and above
    • Set has 581 total pieces
    Buy Now

    We earn a commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

    02/07/2024 12:11 am GMT
  2. LEGO City Electric Sports Car 60383
    $7.49
    • Great for kids ages 5 and up
    • Also includes a toy charging station and racing driver minifigure
    • Kit contains 95 total pieces
    • Features a rear spoiler, cool wheels, and a neon-yellow design
    Buy Now

    We earn a commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

    02/07/2024 12:11 am GMT
  3. LEGO Technic Lamborghini Huracán Tecnica 42161
    $44.79
    • Build the moving V10 engine, steering, and opening doors of the Huracán
    • Classic green color scheme inspired by the original
    • For ages 9 and up
    • Set has 806 total pieces
    • Zoom in and rotate your model in 3D with the LEGO Builder app
    Buy Now

    We earn a commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

    02/07/2024 12:15 am GMT
  4. LEGO DC Batmobile: Batman vs. The Joker Chase 76224
    $47.97
    • Modeled after the Batmobile in the classic 1989 movie
    • Set comes with Batman and The Joker minifigures
    • Accessories include a Batarang, harpoon spike, and handcuffs
    • Kits has 438 total pieces
    • For ages 8 and up
    Buy Now

    We earn a commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

    02/07/2024 12:21 am GMT
  5. LEGO Icons Land Rover Classic Defender 90 10317 Model Car
    $239.95
    • For adults and classic car lovers
    • Immersive building project
    • Build the car as a left-hand or right-hand drive vehicle. It comes with the choice of a diesel or a petrol engine, plus 3 different hood options
    • The model features functional steering, opening doors, working suspension, and a hood that opens
    • Customize this model car collectible with off-road accessories including a roll cage, fire extinguisher, jerry cans, toolbox, working winch, mudguards and traction plates
    Buy Now

    We earn a commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.

    02/07/2024 12:21 am GMT

Frequently Asked Questions

My car doesn’t look like a car, what should I do?

Look to real cars for inspiration. Sometimes it can help if Lego art imitates life. See what details make up the essence of the car’s design and try to imitate it. You can also look at other Lego cars and borrow their techniques. Failing that, there’s no shame in getting a Lego car box set and following the instructions.

Do you need to build a seat for minifigures?

Of course not. Legos are wonderful because of the freedom they give you. If you want to build a car with a  solid body that houses no riders, you are more than welcome to do so. However, don’t underestimate how much fun it can be to build all-new toys that can make use of those adorable minifigs.

Are there any tools to help me plan my own design?

These days there are virtual builders like BrickLink Studio. These can be handy tools if you’re a little lost in the woods or if there is a specific and intricate design you want to build. A virtual plan can save you time and effort on your build. It gives you the freedom to play with the design without the headache of having to rebuild if you change your mind or realize you’ve made a mistake.

Can I build any kind of car with Lego?

Within reason. Don’t count on being able to build something you or your kids can ride in without specialty pieces or skills. That being said, There are sets out there that can furnish you with pieces that will help you achieve the style you’re looking for.

Do I have to buy a particular Lego set in order to build a car?

Yes and no. One of the great things about Lego is its versatility. Typically the only limits are the number of bricks you have on hand and your imagination. While it is more than possible to build the majority of a car with whatever pieces you have lying around, the nature of a car will require specific pieces. If you have never bought a car set before and have no wheels, axles, or other car components, you may need to pick up a few pieces if you truly want to build a car.

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