Forgive the joke headline, I couldn’t resist it. Peeking out of this engine bay is a V10 from a 1:18 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 by AUTOart. I was not actively looking for a Gallardo of this scale, or I thought I was, until chancing upon an eBay listing of this exact model with a starting bid of $0.01 with free shipping.
My inner voice was telling me to walk on by and laugh it off as a scam, it was too good to be true; the seller had no seller history. To make the listing even more suspicious, the item is being shipped out of Mainland China. The Gallardo was not alone, there were other Aa models listed by sellers with the same shady history. I really should not place a bid.
I came back the next day, and there were bids on these models. Like the bidders, I was tempted and proceed to place a rather modest maximum bid. Even if I get scammed, I wouldn’t be burnt too badly. A few more days passed, some of equally dubious the listings disappeared - not a good sign. The bidding on the Gallardo slowed down a lot; people were getting cold feet.
Being the stubborn person I am, I stuck to my maximum bid. Then came the long uncomfortable wait after winning the auction for $80. You can imagine my relief and joy when I finally receive this model. Although I didn’t get scammed, it is unlikely I will ever attempt a stunt like this - the mental roller-coaster wasn’t fun.
Because of the trip I had with this bright orange raging bull, this serves as a memento of my silliness more than a car model. It sat for a long time until Engine Week came along, the time has come for it to sit in front the camera. Thank you LaLD for letting me share this unusual experience.