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Espewe (derived from the abbreviation "SPW" for "Spezial-Pr├Ągewerke", German for "special embossing works") was the most commonly used brand name for 1/87th scale plastic model cars made in the GDR. The largest model car factory in the country was located in Annaberg-Buchholz in the Ore Mountains and started production in 1961. Models developed by the Herr company in Berlin were also distributed under the Espewe name from 1968 onwards. Besides 1/87th scale models of contemporary domestic cars, buses and trucks, the range included military vehicles and a series of plastic and diecast classic car models in 1/50th scale, in which various German cars were modelled, as well as a 1916 Rolls-Royce. Three special models of this series were released in 1970 to commemorate Lenin's 100th birthday: the Rolls Royce already mentioned as the revolutionary's staff car, the locomotive of the train by which he returned from exile to Russia in spring 1917, and the armoured car on which he held a speech to workers and soldiers in Petrograd some days later. In the 1980s the Plasticart brand name was also used for the Espewe models, and after 1989 s.e.s from Berlin continued to produce some of these models. In 2011, production and distribution of Espewe models were taken over by Busch.

Austin-Putilov Armoured Car
car on which Lenin spoke to the people in Petrograd on 3rd April 1917; Russia 1917
Espewe (GDR), no. 100
diecast, scale 1:50; acquired 2017
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Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
green metallic/black, open; United Kingdom 1916
Espewe (GDR), no. 528
diecast, scale 1:50; acquired 2007
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Simson Supra
red/black, open; Germany 1925
Espewe (GDR), no. 523
diecast, scale 1:50; acquired 2017
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white/black, open; Germany 1904
Espewe (GDR), no. 1521
plastic, scale 1:50; acquired 2015
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