Random set of the day: Black Racing Car

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Black Racing Car

Black Racing Car

©1989 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 1517 Black Racing Car, released in 1989. It's one of 23 Town sets produced that year. It contains 32 pieces and 1 minifig.

It's owned by 918 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


20 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I know the set's not that large, but this little car is built in 5 steps! That's impressive. Modern polybags would have at least 15 for a similar model.

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By in United Kingdom,

Well, there's the sub-assembly of the spoiler, but yes, there's some big differences in instruction. The thing I noticed is that the first step doesn't actually have any connection between the pieces - not sure that would stand now. That 4x7 chassis is a great component, though I suspect that it's in part responsible for the "just one piece" perception that Lego is still fighting. I hadn't realised it was as old as 1987 though, nor that it's still getting used in sets. Wonder if anyone's stitched four of them together for an 8-wide yet.

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By in United States,

It is indeed a black racing car. Very on-the-nose. It is a nice set though, with the signature number slope from these little race cars.

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By in United States,

Simplicity at times can be more enjoyable

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By in Canada,

There are a few old sets that have that number 4 printed slope and I have no clue what set I had, but I do know I had that part! In fact, I think I still have it somewhere.

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By in United States,

It's an early Red Bull F1 car!

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By in Turkey,

Simply sublime.

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By in United States,

One of the few I don't have, although all of mine are for sale lol

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By in Hungary,

What a smile!

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By in United States,

@You_reDoingItWrong: I think my brother got 1461-1 (which has the same printed slope) for joining the LEGO Builders' Club in the early 90s.

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By in New Zealand,

One of my all time favourite sets from when I was a kid

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By in Germany,

Seems to be rare in Europe, never seen it. Strange picture though, the torso looks almost like a different one.

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By in Australia,

Yeah, I don't think these ones were ever available in Australia. Cute little car, though.

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By in Hungary,

As I see, the same numbered slopes were used several times: 1 is white, 2 is blue, 3 is red and 4 is balck.

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By in New Zealand,

What a joyful toy.

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By in United States,

Love these little cars.

@erithromycin
Sets today have steps with no connections made as well. Often when you're building a building, the first step will be to put two large plates next to each other before subsequent steps connect them.

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By in Germany,

@yamaki: note the strange set number, starting with a 1.
Sets within that number range tended to be specials, released only as a limited edition, sometimes only with certain retailers or as part of a promotion. There were some of these promotional sets available in Germany as well, I remember a Classic Space one as well as a Legoland Town one. I'm sure there were quite a few, but I can't remember seeing any of them at the time. Only found out about them here on Brickset.

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By in United States,

Seems older than 1989.

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By in Netherlands,

This design is timeless, and would fit in even now.

The 1988 racecars didn't look too different from some of them released in 1997/1998 which mainly used newer wheels.

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By in United States,

Either me, my dad, or my brother have the pieces from this somewhere. I don't think it's still together. Great set though. Classic and timeless indeed.

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