Car advent calendars for 2021

Gift guides

Advent calendars for car lovers offer a range of classic cars to build during December, with a new part behind each door, offering a non-chocolate option ahead of Christmas

Carrera RS advent calendar
Non-chocolate advent calendars: Motor Sport shop gift guide

Advent calendars aren’t just for Christmas. You can trade out the chocolate for the mechanical with these car advent calendars that contain all of the parts needed to build a range of unmistakable classics.

With 24 pieces in need of construction throughout the month, you’ll be kept busy tinkering and toiling away putting together one of these scale models.

December is quickly approaching but don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to get your order in and to your door in time for the holiday season.

Parts are assembled with screws rather than relying on glue, making them simple to construct in stages and avoiding any potential for a messy situation. Along with a sound module, everything you need will be packaged into each of the following examples below.

We’ve picked a selection of classic car calendars, featuring 1:43 or 1:24 scale models.


Classic car advent calendars

VW Camper Van T1 advent calendar



Split windscreen, check; two-tone colour scheme, check; ticking engine sound – check.

There’s no mistaking this one. Pick this calendar to construct during December and you will have a classic 1:43 scale, die-cast 1963 Volkswagen ‘Bulli’ T1 to proudly display.

It’s well-known for its camper van version, but this model is the minibus, with three rows of seats.

The model is around 16cm long and 11cm tall. Also included is a base to mount it on, with a sound module that replicates the noise from its air-cooled engine, and a book with instructions and a history of the car.

Buy now


Porsche 911 advent calendar



The first of its kind, the 1963 Porsche 911 was the first iteration of a model line that’s still going strong today. Cars don’t get much more classic than this.

This Irish Green 1:43 scale model will no doubt be a pleasure to put together and once more, the model isn’t limited in the sound department either.

The stand includes a sound module that delivers the rasping sound of the car’s flat-six, air-cooled engine at the push of a button. What else do you need?

Buy now


Porsche 911 Carrera RS advent calendar



Another Porsche that’ll grab your attention, the 911 Carrera RS launched in 1973 with very unique looks and an engine to match.

The ducktail spoiler, tuned engine and wider rear wheels made it ready for the race track, and this blood orange model will be just as unmissable.

This advent calendar comes in at the 1:24 scale, measuring around 20cm long. Licensed by Porsche and including a 52-page book on the history of Porsche’s racing success, it is the perfect option for the Porsche fan this Christmas.

Along with the parts for the Carrera RS calendar, an instructional booklet is included as well as a sound module in the base, there are also LED lights that illuminate the car.

The lights will struggle to shine as brightly as this example after you’ve finished your build.

Buy now


Mercedes 300 SL advent calendar





It’s 1/43rd the size of a real Mercedes 300 SL, but just 1/20,217th the price of genuine examples, which sell for £1.2m at auction.

The 16cm-long model and display stand with sound module is screwed together using the parts behind the 24 doors.

Licensed by Mercedes-Benz, the model is accompanied by a book containing instructions and a history of the 300 SL.

Buy now