The name Espewe is derived from the abbreviation 'SPW' for 'Spezial-Pr├Ągewerke', 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.


Espewe value and price guide

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Item Title Date sold Price
Gdr Toy Model Flight Box Tank Car Benz Apr 2019 £ 44,13
Espewe H0 1090 Diesel Tractor D4k 1041 Feb 2019 £ 26,39
Espewe Model Truck S4000 1 1 87 Gdr May 2019 £ 9,27
Espewe 1017 2 H0 Blank Empty Box Over Feb 2019 £ 24,63
Espewe Model Speaker Car B1000 1 87 Gdr May 2019 £ 8,39
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