The 1950’s style pickup is back and better than ever! Increased ground clearance, proper body on frame construction, and improved styling, you can haul more, even farther, over much greater terrain.
About this creation
Building a realistic pickup truck:
I have been wanting to do something like this for a long time, some things, such is the idea of including the drivetrain, actually dates back to the first version of my Picard Piranha. But I really went all out this time, not only did I include the drivetrain, I actually built a ladder frame on which the truck’s body is mounted!
The story begins with the MK I.3 (which unfortunately I don’t seem to have any pictures of), the MK I.3 made a lot of improvements to the look of the truck such as making the headlights much smaller and adjusting the shape of the front fenders. There were a couple functional improvements as well, such as adjusting the hinges on the tailgate and (I think) adding in a proper lift mechanism for the hood. Management was still not happy with the ground clearance though, and it was decided that a complete redesign of the chassis was necessary.
Enter the Nifty Fifty MK II! (about the truck)
The new Nifty Fifty MK II is the best pickup truck ever made! Increased ground clearance means much greater off-road capability, plus the new body on frame construction means it is much more rugged and has a carrying capacity of 2 tons! New to the MK II is the adaptable suspension, allowing for comfortable road use without sacrificing its ability to carry things over rough terrain. The new Fireball V8 engine is now slightly more compact, but don’t worry, power has remained the same, and thanks to the new hood hydraulics, accessing it for maintenance has never been easier. The styling has even been farther improved over the short lived MK I.3 too!
About Retro Motors:
Founded in 2010 by young inventor Scott Bertaut in Buildington, New Jersey, Retro Motors was able to take off mid-recession thanks to its use of revolutionary engines and by filling a huge gap that had been left in the market. In there never ending quest for improved aerodynamics, the modern car industry had become a wasteland of nearly identical sedans and SUVs.
Retro Motors vehicles on the other hand, being designed around “the rule of cool,” have little to no aerodynamic characteristics to speak of. Thanks to hyper efficient engines and advanced suspension systems though, speed, handling, and fuel economy are all comparable to that of contemporary vehicles. This has led to great success for Retro Motors, as it turned out there was a huge demand for cars that look like classic American rides of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, but with modern performance and safety.
Retro Motors has also been a major pioneer in the development of hydrogen powered cars. In fact, it was Scott’s breakthroughs in designing such engines, as well as safer methods of storing the gas, that provided the funding for his automotive ventures. Retro Motors doesn’t believe in releasing a new model every year. Instead they release a new “mark,” given in Roman numerals, every few years, with incremental upgrades being released throughout the cycle. These are indicated by a decimal Arabic number placed after the Roman numerals. “Retro Motors: inspired by the past to bring you the cars of the future!”
The two body sections and frame
With the new Nifty Fifty MK II by Retro Motors you can go anywhere, such as on top of the Retro Motors car dealership!
The Nifty Fifty is Johnny Thunder and Indiana Jones approved!
Well apart from the normal add more chrome (which will probably happen eventually) I don’t have too much planned for this truck. I do however plan to build a second one at some point, cab only, and make the rear section a tow truck. With the new body on frame design though, it is possible I will use the same truck, as removing the pickup bed in order to install a tow truck attachment would only take about 5 seconds.
As for the Retro Motors car dealership, it remains a work in progress. It is complete enough that I can display it at shows with my local Lego Train Club, but it is by no means finished. It currently has no interior for one thing, but eventually the plan is to add a second floor and have a motorized turntable for a car to rotate on. I want the whole interior to be well lighted too, along with the sign, which is already made of trans-red parts, it is just waiting on me to buy the lights to put in it.
Quoting Henrik Jensen
Very nice work Scott! Great idea to build it on a real chassis. Really like the angled grille!
Thank you! The angled grille was one of my favorite parts of the MK I, it took a lot of work to keep that part essentially the same but change everything else around it. Raising the frame/bumper to increase the ground clearance was quite difficult because of this too. I also took some inspiration from your Morris Minor Traveller for the new hood hinges.
I would say Retro Motors has a home run with this beautiful pickup. I really like how this comes apart like a real truck. Frame, cab, and box. Love the extra detailing Retro puts into its vehicles too. Outstanding job!