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Mak­ing a model car out of Lego bricks is like try­ing to sculpt Kim Kar­dashian us­ing noth­ing but fence posts, yet the de­sign­ers at Lego have done an in­cred­i­ble job recre­at­ing ar­guably the most fa­mous of James Bond’s rides. The 007 As­ton Mar­tin DB5 uses 1295 bricks – none of which look par­tic­u­larly like an As­ton by them­selves – to build a con­struc­tion toy mas­ter­piece. Not only does the kit evoke the iconic car’s looks that starred along­side Sean Con­nery in the 1964 film Goldfin­ger, it even pulls some of its neat spy-car tricks. Ma­chine guns pop out of the wings with the pull of a lever, there’s a func­tion­ing ejec­tor seat, and we’re cer­tain Ian Fleming was pre­dict­ing speed cam­eras when he cre­ated the ro­tat­ing rego plates. Lego Creator James Bond As­ton Mar­tin DB5 k $210 shop.lego.com

The idea of din­ing on some­thing that has been part of an air­liner for many mil­lions of kilo­me­tres is not ini­tially ap­petis­ing. How­ever, when you re­alise this ta­ble has been clev­erly con­structed us­ing the tur­bine of a Pratt & Whit­ney JT3 en­gine, brekkie or maybe a few bevvies sounds a lot more ap­peal­ing. The com­po­nents have been cleaned and pol­ished to bring out the nat­u­ral heat dis­coloura­tion that oc­curs in nor­mal op­er­a­tion, but that wouldn’t con­vince us to eat off a re­tired Boe­ing seat cush­ion no mat­ter how much clean­ing or pol­ish­ing it had. Boe­ing 707 en­gine high-top ta­ble $9430 boe­ing­store.com

Two hun­dred pages of pure hard­back Aussie au­to­mo­tive au­thor­ity, that’s Kings of the Road. This com­pre­hen­sive cross-sec­tion of some of Aus­tralia’s favourite ve­hi­cles puts 50 ma­chines un­der the mi­cro­scope and tells the story of how each fits into our rich mo­tor­ing ta­pes­try. Oh, and you can trust the au­thors. Not only do Toby Hagon and Bruce New­ton have half a cen­tury of au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence between them, you’ll also recog­nise their by­lines from the pages of Wheels mag­a­zine. Kings of the Road $50 pan­macmil­lan.com.au

If pair­ing the let­ter W with the fig­ure 1 im­me­di­ately evokes im­ages of a Bri­tish rail­way lo­co­mo­tive then you def­i­nitely won’t be in­ter­ested in these lim­ited edi­tion prints from HSV. This is the ul­ti­mate ad­di­tion to any GTS-R W1 garage wall or, al­ter­na­tively, if you can’t bear to be re­minded how you missed out on grab­bing your own ex­am­ple of Aus­tralia’s most pow­er­ful home-grown mus­cle car, you can also choose from the VL Walkin­shaw or 1996 GTS-R. HSV De­sign Se­ries print from $100 shop.hsv.com.au

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