The name Espewe is derived from the abbreviation 'SPW' for 'Spezial-Prägewerke', which is German for 'special embossing works'.

Espewe was the most commonly used brand name for 1/87th scale plastic model cars made in the GDR. The biggest model car factory in the country was located in Annaberg-Buchholz in the Ore Mountains and started production in 1961.

Besides 1/87th scale models of contemporary domestic cars, buses and trucks, the range also included military vehicles and a series of diecast classic car models in 1/50th scale, in which various cars from (East) Germany were modelled, as well as a 1916 Rolls-Royce. 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.

Source: modelcars.mbeck.ch

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135 Bulldozer Cc824 09/2019 $91.00
135 Bulldozer Plastic Ho Cc823 10/2019 $41.00
1017 Bulldozer W Roof Plastic Ho Cc826 08/2019 $28.77
135 Bulldozer Cc825 08/2019 $28.77
135 Bulldozer W Blade Plastic Ho Cc822 08/2019 $23.50

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