The Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera was introduced at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show, finished in bright Verde Ithaca this new lightweight version of the popular V10 Raging Bull proudly took center stage at this important show.
Back in 2007 the first Gallardo Superleggera was introduced, a kind of race inspired evolution with clear carbon fiber door panels, lightweight seats, optional roll over cage, increased horsepower and special wheels made this car shed about 100kg compared to the regular model ... fast forward to 2010 and a similar idea made it into the LP570-4 edition ... the most powerful V10 Gallardo ever.
From the moment the news from AutoArt came they would create a 1/18 diecast model of this super Gallardo I put in an order ... for the green one naturally, show car and press release photos depict this shade, and you have to admit it looks really impressive too.
However an orange metallic Lamborghini sure draws attention too, so when I saw this model at the 2012 Essen Motor Show in the AutoArt display I couldn't help but admire it ... only problem: the container from China only gets to Europe in January 2013 at the earliest ... so the waiting game continues ... or not?
I had a great talk with the people from AutoArt Germany ... and this orange Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera came into the discussion ... in fact they had two of these on display at the show ... and I received one of them as a gift ... how cool is that!
I received a 1/18 AutoArt model about two months before it will be available on the market, and that's not even the best part of it ... things get even better as this is a hand-made production prototype. Fully built, painted and detailed by one of the master model builders at AutoArt using the tooling that will eventually be used to build the production model.
Because this model is built way in advance of the 'mass' production there are differences with the actual production version of this Arancio Borealis Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera ... for one the brake calipers. This model still has black brake calipers ... the production model will get color coded orange calipers, also the black sections of the front bumper are hand painted on this model ... you can still see the brush strokes in the paint.
I'm sure only one or two of these samples exist with the black brake calipers, so it is extremely rare and normally never available to the public ... I still look at my display case holding this model every evening ... still hard to believe to be honest.
I have it on display next to the original Gallardo Superleggera, also in Arancio Borealis, just to admire the differences between them ... it might not be perfectly finished and there was no box with this model ... but it sure is one of the most exclusive models in my entire collection ... and it celebrates my 600th model at the same time, so it will remain special for the rest of my life.
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