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Review: LEGO Ideas 40448 Vintage Car (January 2021 Gift with Purchase)

We made it to 2021! It’s the 1st of January, which means that a whole bunch of new 2021 LEGO sets are now available on LEGO.com!

In case you needed an extra reason to drop some Christmas money on some shiny new 2021 LEGO sets, there’s a brand new gift with purchase (GWP) available – 40448 Vintage Car!

Please enjoy this brief review of LEGO 40448 Vintage Car, in case you needed any convincing to buy some brand new 2021 LEGO!

This is a brand new promotional set that will be available from 1 January 2021, when you purchase above a certain threshold from LEGO.com or your local LEGO store.

Additionally, the LEGO Monster Book of Monsters is also available if you spend above AU$159 / US$75 / £75 of LEGO Harry Potter sets.

Special thanks to LEGO for providing this review set.

Name: Vintage Car
Set Number: 40448
Pieces: 188
Price: N/A (Gift with Purchase from LEGO.com)
Exclusive to: LEGO Brand Retail Stores, LEGO.com
Theme: Promotional, Ideas
Release Date: 1 January 2021

Dubbed the Aedelsten deluxe, LEGO 40448 Vintage Car is a pretty special GWP set – for starters, it’s housed within the LEGO Ideas theme. LEGO Ideas held a competition to build a Vintage Car in late 2019, and Arne Jahnke’s entry was voted as the winner, becoming the second LEGO Ideas set to find life as a Gift with Purchase.

The instruction manual has this lovely profile piece of Arne, including his inspiration behind his design, such as his own love of vintage car, and teal being his daughter’s favourite colour.

Here’s a look at the back of the box. Thankfully, despite being a LEGO Ideas set, 40448 Vintage Car isn’t afflicted with the yucky, bland and depressing all-black 18+ box design, and is bright and cheery, reflecting the retro roots of the vintage car.

Here are the contents of the bag. The build was brisk, and went by quickly, as you can imagine for a small set such as this, but it was a very enjoyable (if brief) affair, with some really clever build techniques used.

If you enjoy LEGO cars, you’ll enjoy putting the Vintage Car together.

There are 2 minifigures included in the set, and they both ooze vintage style. The female minifigure has a leather jacket on, and the male minifigure has a varsity jacket, both of which scream vintage, timeless fashion.

They also both have sunglasses because they are that much cooler than you – and also handy for cruising around in search of gorgeous sunsets.

Here are their back prints, and a look at the female minifigure’s alternate face.

I like to think that the minifigures are Arne and his daughter, cruising around town.

Here’s the finished vehicle – I love that curved “lip” of the car, and how the entire face comes together.

The first thing that grabs you is just how teal it is – it’s a very suave, sophisticated, rare-ish colour, and to have an entire car made out of teal elements just feels very indulgent somehow, and it sure makes it stand out against other primary-colour LEGO vehicles.

The stickers contain a reference to the designers, A for Arne, and M for Mel (as in Mel Caddick, famed Australian LEGO designer) who adapted Arne’s design for the production set.

The numbers 0937 are a common reference included in LEGO sets – viewed upside down, they spell “LEGO“.

I also love the upside down ice skates for the car’s hood ornament – a small, but brilliant use of the element to create such a striking feature.

Here’s how the Vintage Car looks from the side. The highlight of the car are its surfboard doors, which inject a dramatic and sophisticated curve, and texture to the car, especially when viewed from the sides.

Sadly, they’re also my least favourite part of the car, as they don’t attach well to the doors, and constantly fall off when I handle the car due to the weak “clutch power”.

Not one for kids, but a perfectly acceptable flaw if you only plan on displaying it.

Here’s a look at the back, which has the Cadillac-inspired curves.

And here’s the interior, which comfortable seats both.

I was really impressed with the upside down windscreen technique, which just gives the car a whole new dimension.

I’m on holiday at the moment, and actually brought this set along with me to build, photograph and review. So why not take it down to the beach to photograph it in its element!

Protip: sand and LEGO look great, but do not mix well. I’m still finding granules of beach sand in weird crevices of the Vintage Car.

With so many new LEGO sets released, such as hotly anticipated exclusives such as the Modular Police Station and Bonsai Tree, it shouldn’t be hard to reach the purchase threshold to qualify for the Vintage Car.

As a Gift with Purchase, this is certainly one of the more memorable ones, thanks to it being a LEGO Ideas set, and those into vintage cars or vehicles in general will love all the teal-y, retro goodness that 40448 Vintage Car oozes.

A massive congratulations to Arne Jahnke for his design, and the super special moment of seeing his entry become an actual LEGO set.

Rating: 3/5

LEGO 40448 Vintage Car will be available from LEGO.com (and LEGO Brand Stores) from 1 January 2021 onwards, and will be free with purchases of US$85, AU$169, and £85.

If you need help deciding what to buy, be sure to check out my preview on all the new LEGO sets released in the first half of 2021!

Special thanks to LEGO for providing this set for review.

35 responses to “Review: LEGO Ideas 40448 Vintage Car (January 2021 Gift with Purchase)”

  1. Cristina says:

    Is this a Chevy Belair-set 40488

  2. Warren A. says:

    This may be one of the most anticipated GWP ever. I am blessed to have a store near me (Westfarms Mall in West Hartford, CT). They happen to be the reigning top Lego retail store in North America. The trophy is cool looking near the counter (they keep it until the 2020 store is named) and I had to touch it lol! It was so packed on 1/1/21 that there wasn’t anything left that I wanted to purchase for the Vintage Car so I got a Friends Movie Theater, 4+ Ariel Celebration Boat (only set ever where you can get Sebastian, Flounder, and Max), and a ladybug girl CMF.

  3. Bill J says:

    I ordered the Police Station as soon as website updated and let me put it in cart. But it must have been a couple of minutes before midnight because my invoice/receipt says December 31 and I got the Ice Skating Rink (which I already have) as my GWP. I feel robbed. ☹️

    • Jay says:

      Ah that’s a bummer – can you contact LEGO customer service and explain? They might be able to sort you out, although from what I’ve been hearing/reading, the Vintage Car GWP is fast disappearing.

      • Bill J says:

        Yes, I did just that. I emailed Customer Service and explained the situation. We shall see. They are saying currently it takes 10 days for a response.

        • Bill J. says:

          Just heard from LEGO after 7days since contacting them. They apologized for the mix up and said they would ship me the Vintage Car if they could, but they are sold out and will not be getting any more in stock. So instead they gave me 2000 VIP points. Oh well, maybe I can get one on the secondary market.

          • Jay says:

            Ah, I’m so sorry to hear that. That’s really awful and sounds like they completely oversold more GWPs than they had.

            I’ve raised this as feedback when I shared my review with LEGO

  4. Mark P says:

    Sigh, finally got a chance to jump on the Lego site to pick up the bonsai kits. Looks like I might’ve missed out on the car. 😡🤷‍♀️

    • Warren Abbay says:

      Ugh! Best of luck in getting one buddy. Fingers crossed 🤞🏼 for you and others! They may have another wave?

      • Mark P says:

        Lol, I just rechecked my cart this morning… no vintage car, and no bonsai tree either!!! Luckily I really don’t need more Lego, nor the stress of trying to get GWP. I really like the idea of of little Cuusoo kits being used for GWP though, 40335: Space Rocket Ride remains one of my most treasured little sets.

    • Paul Castle says:

      Hang on, I thought the car was good for a couple of weeks? It’s only been a few days!

      I’ve been waiting for that Mandalorian spaceship to come back in stock before I ordered.

      • Mark P says:

        Nope, afraid it’s definitely gone on the Aus site. If you’re near a physical Lego store such as Chadstone, you may still be able to get one. Can’t wait for these kinds of things, I’m afraid. Themed GWPs, such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, or NASA, often sell out within an hour. 😲

      • Jay says:

        The car got wiped out nearly everywhere. Combo of Botanical Collection, Police Station and new 2021 sets made for huge number of orders online, especially in Aus where some of the new themes aren’t trickling out to retail stores until much later in Feb/March.

  5. Andrew says:

    Like you, I’m very glad to hear it’s not in a black box. The last few sets I’ve bought all look the same – I can see they’re appealing to adults who might be persuaded to buy a toy if it doesn’t look like one, but it takes a lot of fun out of the boxes.

    As an off-topic aside, is there a petition somewhere to stop it with the black-paged instruction books? Lego (rightly) champions inclusion, but for someone with red-green colourblindness who struggles with anything more colourful than Technic anyway, they are a nightmare.

    On the topic of the car, I’m hoping it’s still available when Ninjago City Gardens releases.

  6. Debelius says:

    Ordered my police station at 6am on New Year’s Day so I didn’t miss out on either. Normally I’m a purist with my sets but am sorely tempted to try and modify this one to be closer to the original concept with the binoculars as lights and hopefully to reposition the surfboards on the doors. Still a fantastic GWP set so a big thank you to Lego on this one.

  7. Aaron McBride says:

    Urrrrrrrg!
    I ordered the Ecto 1 on December 30.
    Should have waited until this weekend.
    The car looks great.

  8. Fiona says:

    This is a fabulous free set- a must have! Love your photos of it on the beach, thanks!

  9. Lol, Jay, I don’t think the vintage car is an ice skating rink.

  10. Canadian Lego Fan says:

    Lol it’s still 2020 in Canada 🙁

  11. Tim says:

    Hi Jay,

    Just FYI for your other readers, the GWP doesn’t seem to apply until you reach $199 AUD, not $169. At least it didn’t for me! Must be a glitch or something, but like you said, plenty of new stuff to order so it wasn’t hard to get there. Made sure I got in early for those Chinese NY sets!

    • Jay says:

      Oh that’s so weird, considering they advertised it as such. The website has been having a lot of issues, and I’ve read a lot of frustration by people in the US and UK trying to order stuff.

      • Tim says:

        Well, that was a debacle. I didn’t receive a confirmation email for my S@H order until the 4th. NO GWP! Rang customer service, sorry, nothing can be done, here have some VIP points. Rang my local store (Bondi Junction) on Monday, not in store. Great. $350 spent, no freebie. Browsing… ahem, *another website*, and it appears Bondi Junction had them from yesterday. Trekked in early, forked out another small fortune (there’s nothing small on my wants list) and finally managed to snag one. Total cost: $735 + 70km round trip and half a morning. Thanks LEGO!

        In fairness, it’s all stuff that was on the wants list anyway but still, I wasn’t planning on spending quite so much so quickly during the first week of the year.

        For anyone interested, the Bondi Junction store had about 40 at the front counter at 10:30 this morning and it looks like they were bringing more from out the back. Store wasn’t busy.

        • Jay says:

          Yikes, that’s really horrid. But wow, glad you managed to get it in the end. The release was a bit of a mess online, and it’s really unfair that you didn’t qualify and they oversold the GWP.

          At the very least we have LEGO stores now, but that may be where all the GWP stock is being channeled towards.

  12. Paul Castle says:

    This is pretty awesome, and is making those Jan 1st released sets in my wish list look like sooner rather than later buys.

    You say this is the second Ideas set to be used as an incentive. What was the first?

  13. Warren Abbay says:

    Wow thanks for the review and great pics, Jay! It is STILL 2020 here on East Coast US for us 😬😅!
    I plan on getting this set this weekend at our local store. Enjoy your holiday and Happy New Year!

  14. Ed says:

    Jay – you’re in a right-side drive country. Did you feel at all like modifying the build to reflect what’s normal in Australia?

    • Jay says:

      Yes I am! I like to keep sets as they are, so it’s the “stock version” for me!

      I’d like to think that it could work as a fancy import American car – we have a few of those on the roads here!

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