• The most expensive Lamborghini in the world is a $4.8 million Aventador scale model (UPDATED)

€3.5 million, or $4.83 million, will buy you a lot of things, including 12 Lamborghini Aventador supercars. Why anyone would need that many Aventadors is beyond us, but what is even more mind-boggling is why someone would spend that much money on a 1:8 scale model of the new Lamborghini supercar. Yes, one is for sale and it’s priced at $4.83 million.

This unbelievable scale model was presented by former Mercedes-Benz engineer and German model maker, Robert Gulpen, at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Made from some of the most precious materials used for construction, the scale model Aventador comes wrapped in 1/1000mm thin threads of solid gold with carbon fiber forming the entire body of the car, and solid gold and platinum rims and interior to finish it off. On top of that, the material used on the windows is bulletproof glass and the Lamborghini logo adorned in the back is made from gold, platinum, and other precious gems.

All told, the whole project required €2 million ($2.8 million), which is insane just to read. The other half of that cost most likely comes as a result of 500 hours of build time.

The car is set to be auctioned off soon, possibly at Sotherby’s or Chrystie’s in New York or Dubai. Expect the model to fetch a starting bid of €3.5 million - $4.83 million - with part of the final purchase price going to charity.

Whether somebody’s insane enough to actually pay 12 times the price of an actual Lamborghini Aventador is besides the point. Paying $5 million for just about anything, let alone a scale model, is crazy enough.

UPDATE 12/02/2011: Robert Guelpen has decided to further increase the value of his Aventador by gilding it with gold. The car will be sold in December 2011 and will more than likely enter the Guinness Book of Records. The car features approximately 700 diamonds studded on each of the two seats inside, the chassis is made in solid gold, the wheel rims are platinum, and other elements are made of carbon fiber.

UPDATE 12/12/12: What was initially priced at €3.5 million ($4.8 million) at an auction in December in New York, Robert Guelpen’s Aventador scale model has been re-evaluated by Sotheby’s and now carries an estimated price of €10.5 million ($13.6 million!). That’s 65 times more expensive than an ACTUAL Aventador. Wow.

Hit the jump for a video showing off the Aventador scale model.

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  (580) posted on 02.3.2012

This has an attitude. It has a texture with this paint. The wheels are very innovative. The doors are at excellent position.

  (397) posted on 01.17.2012

i want to ride in this luxurious car. it will definitely makes me feel a royalty. only super rich people can afford to buy this kind super expensive car.

  (449) posted on 12.15.2011

This model car is already $4.8 million? Wow! I don’t need it! I will buy two brand-new car if I have $4.8 million. BTW, I want to see this kind of model car; I’m just curious on its features.

  (466) posted on 12.12.2011

A real wealthy person could truly afford this Lamborghini! Well, I just think that it is worth spending for because it can really offer a great and an awesome packaged, especially on its engine specs.

  (368) posted on 12.6.2011

Well, maybe it has a high-tech technology on its interior which Koenigsegg Agera also have, that brings on it an undoubtedly too expensive market price. If only they also include if what’s the reason of that huge cost of this Lamborghini.

  (24) posted on 12.5.2011

how many days is 500 hours. if that guy thinks someone will buy that instead of the real thing hes loco.

  (300) posted on 09.23.2011

Really?!! This car model like a toy is $4.8 million?? WOW! Very amazing toy car! I want to see it now. I’m so curious. What’s on that toy car?

  (397) posted on 09.21.2011

yeah, let’s face it lamborghini is one of the fastest, one of the unique car style, one of the best engine and other parts, and most of all one of the most expensive cars in the market.

  (472) posted on 09.20.2011

Really great model car. However, I can’t imagine. This model car worth of $4.8 million! For me, I will buy a true car with the amount of 4.8 million. I don’t need a model car like that.

  (419) posted on 09.19.2011

So beautiful car ever, but this car is very expensive to the point that only or few people will buy these luxury cars. This kind of Lamborghini car is one of a kind.

  (52) posted on 09.18.2011

5 million eh....can done alot of investment...

  (142) posted on 09.17.2011

If i was wealthy enough then id give 4.83 million to charity by my self. I wouldn’t let this guy rip me off into giving him a percent of that! What would i do with a model car if i had a real one in the garage.

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