One of the sets of the Indiana Jones Lego Themes was Nr. 7682 Shanghai Chase.
Identifying the models in the movie was somewhat difficult though. The lead car, shown here was pretty straight forward. There were not very many Boat Tail Speedsters built during the 1930's, and the archetype was the Auburn 851.
The chase car is harder to track down though. As a movie 'The Temple of Doom' was released long before the internet and digital media - and hence 'doesn't exist before the internet'. I will endevour to identify it one day and build it also.
Back to the Auburn. Part of the exclusive Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg company, the Auburn was the lower of the marques, though its cars were stll glamourous and highly sought after. Unfortunately the combine did not survive the great depression intact and folded prior to WWII, in 1937.
The 851 Speedster was one of the last models. The architecture was conventional. Straight-eight engines, separate chassis and rear-wheel-drive. The Speedster body was the highlight of the range that included more sedate styles.
This Lego model recreation is created in miniland scale. This is not the first time I have drafted this car. For this model the chassis includes steering, rear suspension, and a straight-four (equivalent to straight-8 package) lego piston engine.
This Lego model had been created in Lego Digital Designer for Flickr LUGNuts 54th Build Challenge - "LEGO Set Overhaulin" - celebrating all things Lego with recreations of original sets.