| Friday May 27th 2016

The hidden beauty of the bottom of toy cars

toy car bottom

Jason Torchinsky’s interest in the bottoms of toy cars borders on the Nicholson Bakeresque…

The bottoms of toy cars are fascinating because it’s a revealing insight into the mind of the toy designer. Generally, you don’t really have to do anything at all, but most toy cars have at least some attempt made to have some measure of detail or accuracy. On many models, there is a genuine attempt to get the mechanicals shown below as accurate as possible, and often the results are quite good. You can see corrugated oil pans, suspension arms, mufflers, differentials, driveshafts, and more. It’s clear the designer actually looked at the original car.

Other times, even if the body is accurate, the bottom can be this sort of collage of parts the designer knows should be there– most often prop-shaft and some kind of exhaust– but the locations and sizes are placed with a certain casual whimsy. I like these as well, as they give a nice view of what someone who may not know much about cars thinks a car underside should look like.


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