$4.8 Million Dollar Lamborghini – and it’s a 1:8 scale model!

Sep 30, 2011 1 Comment by

The scale automotive collectibles market is about to get a bit of the world’s attention, and a new, one-off model is about to take its place as the reigning objet d’art. Former Mercedes-Benz engineer Robert Gulpen went to the extreme – some might say way extreme – and is scratch-building a 1:8 scale replica of  the new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 that is destined to become  the world’s most expensive scale car model.

Some of the car’s projected multi-million dollar asking price will have to do with engineering and craftsmanship, to be sure, but Robert didn’t skimp on the materials, either: wrapped in authentic carbon fibre and gold, the Aventador’s body surrounds a solid gold and platinum interior. Yes, we said solid gold and platinum. And if you’re thinking of taking a shot at the car’s glorious guts, stop right there: the model will debut (and ultimately be displayed) inside a specially-made case of the bulletproof variety. You can’t be too safe.

If you’re starting to get the idea that Gulpen used nothing but the absolute best materials on this masterpiece, you’re right. The total for the exotic metals and various high-end pieces used to build the replica came to a whopping 2.8 million dollars… before assembly.

Get your check books ready; Gulpen’s website notes that the Lux-level toy Lambo will go up for auction at either Sotheby’s or Christie’s, out of either New York, or Dubai. The starting bid?  4.8 million dollars. We’ll be watching this one, for sure.

To learn more about Robert Gulpen and his scratch-built masterpiece, visit his website.


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I have been a car guy since my early teens. From managing a performance center on Long Island NY to being a partner of the world’s largest traveling global car show series; my career path has taken me on an exciting journey. I have consulted for MTV, McDonalds, Turtle Wax, Dodge and other high profile companies and have been published in multiple automotive journals. Alpha Penguin Publishing recruited me to co-author “The Complete Idiots Guide to Customizing Your Ride” for which one of my cars graces the cover. My diecast addiction began about 12 years back. My girlfriend at the time knew I was saving for a Mustang Cobra. She thought it would be humorous and purchased a diecast version to hold me over for a while. What was an initial joke struck a chord because I was fascinated with how Hot Wheels could make such a cool replica for a buck. The next time we went shopping I stopped in the toy aisle and ended up purchasing additional Hot Wheels and a few Jada vehicles. Well you all know the story from here; one shelf led to a book case. The book case quickly became an apartment filled with hundreds of HotWheels, Jada and other 1:64th scale replicas. Next came my introduction to 1:24th and 1:18th scale die cast and twelve years later I am the proud owner of a collection that is displayed in a 2000sq foot facility with a current count of over 12 thousand unique pieces. My then girlfriend, now wife, has a lot of patience for my hobby and my two little girls enjoy it with us too. Today I find myself fascinated with all scales and all models of customized vehicles. From tuners to rat rods, lead sleds to pro street drag. I do have an appreciation for the well delivered OEM vehicles as well. Most of all I enjoy the hunt to complete a set or series of vehicles. I look forward to being a part of DieCast X Magazine and helping to strengthen, grow and deliver our hobby to people who do not know how rewarding it is to an individual and a family.

One Response to “$4.8 Million Dollar Lamborghini – and it’s a 1:8 scale model!”

  1. edward white says:

    I love this car !!! It should be stuck in a box stuck in random shipping box SOLD AT WALMART letting some random Joe score this car making him richer beond his wildest dreams and then some rich guy can jump in and buy back. Sure would make good TV …..get me?

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