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Old 03-25-2019, 05:38 PM
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The LEGO Technic 8865 Test Car. I saved my allowance for many weeks to buy this for myself when I was 10 or so. IIRC, it was somewhere around $100.

For years after I slowly modified it: I lowered it, added 4-wheel steering, made it a roadster, changed the gearbox order, added brakes, motorized it, and a few other things. It (and other Technic sets) served a crucial role in understanding mechanical objects and 3D visualization and design skills.