A couple of years ago, we featured a car that had a body made out of carbon fiber and an interior and wheels fashioned from gold and platinum and lined with diamonds. The price for that supercar, based on the Lamborghini Aventador, was a staggering $4.7 million. The hook: it was a 1/8-scale model! The man behind that model, Robert Gülpen, is at it again, and will offer for sale at an auction house another baby Aventador, but this one is wrapped in gold and will command a price of at least $7.5 million - making it the most-expensive model car in the world. Compare the model's price with that of the real thing - $397,500 - which means you could have 18 real Aventador coupes (!) for the price of the gold-wrapped model.

The car's details are even more impressive than the last model Gülpen produced, starting with the gold wrap. After baking the carbon-fiber model at a high temperature and under pressure, the body is wrapped in a gold sheet that's 1/1,000-mm thin. The resultant effect allows one to admire the gold hue, but the wrap is so thin that the carbon-fiber weave is plainly visible. The interior is lined with high-carat gemstones and the wheels are cast in gold and platinum, just like the last model. The doors open and close, the wheels turn and, while the engine looks like a smaller version of the V12 found in the full-size car, it does not function.

The materials used in the build are valued at $2.6 million, so what the buyer is paying for is the work behind putting the model together. The car will be mounted inside a bulletproof showcase with a Lamborghini logo made of gold, platinum and gemstones, among other goodies that are included for one well-heeled buyer.

Feel free to watch a video below of the original Robert Gülpen model from 2011, and be sure to check out the gallery of that car and this new gold one.


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      J W
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm sorry, but unless this artists name is DaVinci, Picaso or Van Gogh, there is no reason their time to assemble this is worth five million dollars. I don't care if it was made from kryptonite, adamantium or puppy tears. Someone (likely from Dubai) will still buy it...
        Gorgenapper
        • 1 Year Ago
        @J W
        Adamantium would be worth more than a hundred thousand times as much as the cost of this toy car. The formula for it, I mean. Puppy tears, not so much.
        thefiend1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @J W
        but what about "unobtainium?"
      Anonymous
      • 1 Year Ago
      New Russian money everywhere just started salivating.
      eeenok
      • 1 Year Ago
      although gülpen will sadly escape scott free, at least it's nice to think of the idiots who buy these being punished to the tune of seven and a half million
      Toxic
      • 1 Year Ago
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      cyb
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is over **** like that the revolutions start. It's one thing to be super reach, but this is just waste, and people hate that. At the same time who make 5mil in one year making a model?
      DrPhyzx
      • 1 Year Ago
      How ... utterly ... moronic. BTW, 1 micron of gold isn't even gold leaf. That would have to be applied by PVD or some similar process. The value of the gold itself is negligible.
      Timothy Carey
      • 1 Year Ago
      For that price it should have every component operation. You should be able to pair your phone with the stereo & use the wipers, while the tiny v12 hums along on a couple milliliters of pump gas.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 1 Year Ago
      For that price I could buy a McLaren F1 and that's bound to only go up in value. Plus I can drive and enjoy it and look at the gold in the engine bay. no thank you.
      nmbr55
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a good thing it comes in a bulletproof glass case. Gunfights break out in my house on a fairly regular basis.
      Hek!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fumb as duck. Thank you, that is all.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 1 Year Ago
      Saw this on Motor Authority a week ago.
      Wai
      • 1 Year Ago
      4.9mill for the work put in... its a 1/8 model for christ sakes! its 1/80th the work of a real car
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