La Espada.... [PIC]
The Lamborghini Espada is a 4 seat luxury GT car that was produced from 1968 to 1978 with 1217 produced over those 10 years in three series. "Espada" referes to the sword used by the torero to kill the bull in the corrida. This model by AUTOart is a series 2 for European sales. The series 2 and 3 offered a series of performance upgrades and interior designs offering better ergonomics. All of the Espadas had their 4.0 liter V12 and the series 2 produced 350 hp by upping the compression to 10.7. It offered a 5 speed manual or 3 speed automatic with upgraded slotted brakes and 5 bolt wheels replacing the knock-offs of series 1. A little over 500 series 2 were made. The Espada was designed by Marcello Gandini at Bertone being a derivative of his 1967 concept cars.
Outstanding pictures Rich. Had you not mentioned that this was an AutoArt model I would have thought sure it was a 1/1.
Great pics, @rich-sufficool...love this '70's wedge in this color. I bought the silver when they were relatively cheap & I'm glad I did (have you looked at completed sales on Ebay lately? 😳). AutoArt did an outstanding job on these.
@gavin While I was researching the Espada, there was an eBay offer that popped up for $459, but I didn't pay much attention to it because there are so many sellers hype a model up as to its rarity and ask ridiculous money for it. Is that actually close to the going rate on the secondary market??
Is that actually close to the going rate on the secondary market??
@rich-sufficool after you enter your search, on the left side towards the bottom, if you click on "SOLD ITEMS" you can see auctions that actually finished & sold. For the Espada, they sold between $225 (silver, no box) to $475 (silver, New in box)...with other colors somewhere in the middle. Pretty crazy...but also, the AutoArt is the only source for a 1:18 Espada.
Wow, what a sensational car and AutoArt model of it, too !
Wow, wish I had kept that model. It was silver too. I need to see and inventory just what's left.
Which aren't very many.
Fabulous! Another model that's sadly missing from my collection!
Really Marty ?
I'd have bet that the Espada model was in your eclectic collection since it was released !
I've always lusted after the 1:1 after seeing one when at an Auto Show. They're so low to the ground 'n so wide. At my age now I probably wouldn't be able to exit gracefully.. lol.
@100ford2003 - I'm with you! I've always loved the car. I recall seeing them on the street and they always looked so impressive.
Nah, I don't have it. I learned a long time ago to accept that I can't have 'em all. I don't have the space and more importantly, I don't have the bucks! I need a bigger house and a bigger wallet! LOL!
Years ago they could be had for less than $100.
I got mine @ Prestige Hobbies in Anaheim / Stanton on Beach Blvd just South of Ball Road.
The owner, I can't remember his name, would have invitation only to buyers when 'distressed' AutoArt models were sold at low prices.
He only did this a few times a year and you had to be on his mailing and phone list.
Geez I got so many great models there at such great prices with hardly any defects I love this guy he was so good !
@100ford2003 - I cannot remember any of the owner's names at Prestige. I wasn't on an "Invitation List." I suppose I wasn't worthy. LOL!
Oh hell, I'm sure that you would have been on their 'List'...
Got it.... Ed either owned or ran Prestige. I remember seeing a pristine '66 'stang hrdtp in the parking lot and asked who owned it. It was Ed's. I offered my Carlectables model to him but he wasn't willing to pay my asking price. Do you have one of those in your collection ?
So did you ever come 'n shop at Prestige Hobbies ?
It was an awesome place !
What about Pete Rovero...? Aren't you/weren't you close ?