This week I finally received additional shades on the Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 Super Veloce by AutoArt, this time Europe was a bit behind on other parts of the world when it came to shipping these 1/18 masterpieces made by AutoArt, but at this moment I'm the proud owner of no less than five different shades of this very impressive Raging Bull.
This specific Giallo Orion shade has been on order ever since March 2011, the moment it was available for pre-order from one of my suppliers I put an order in, the bright Giallo Orion shade was the one used on the official presentation car at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show, and it was the color used in the original press release, later on the actual Geneva show car was used as a demo car by the factory … until it was wrecked in an unfortunate accident.
So this shade is the one to get when you are looking for an addition to your Lamborghini scale car collection, that's why I've put in an order so soon. I didn't plan on getting more than two shades of this model, but when I saw the first photos of the matte black one I was so impressed I couldn't stand it anymore and looked for one online for the normal price.
That's right, by the time you are reading this the production of these models is sold out, only a limited number of China Edition scale models are still available from AutoArt at this date, all other shades are sold out. Naturally there will be an additional production run in 2012, but for now if it isn't in the warehouse you are out of luck. I have seen prices for the matte black one rising over the 150 Euro mark, ridiculous if you ask me.
Back to this yellow one now, how does it life up to the expectations ? Very well if I might say so, it is a nice pearl metallic shade, combined with the black wheels, carbon fiber, massive rear wing and the Super Veloce styling it puts down a very intimidating car, just like the real deal.
If you look very closely you can even find a small plaque between the seats, on the 1:1 car you get the serial number here, which should read like 123/350 for instance, only 350 have been built in real life … AutoArt took the safe route here, they mounted 000/000 between the seats, so no owner of the actual Raging Bull can be offended, would have been nice if they would have put 000/350 instead, the number of the actual press car … a small detail, but important nonetheless.
By now a lot has been written about these 1/18 AutoArt Murcielago Super Veloce models, and I can't add much more to be honest, the details are all there, the interior is simply amazing … we all know the carbon fiber should have been satin instead of high glossy like now and the side air intakes shouldn't be using as much matte black paint either … but the latter will be corrected on the next production run.
If you are looking to add a Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 Super Veloce model to your collection you have two choices : either go the less costly route of the orange metallic Norev version, or go for the more expensive AutoArt model, in the latter case you can choose between eight shades in total, matte black, matte white, yellow, orange, turquoise, green, red and the special China Edition, which is finished in grey with an orange stripe.
So in the end it comes down to this, will you save a buck and go for a high end toy or spend some more and get a near perfect collector's item scale model ... I went for both, but I do understand the AutoArt price can be a lot for some collectors out there, I will own six different shades of this model in the end, but that comes down to a lot of Euros ... just don't tell the wife and you'll be safe ... for now.
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