Model car collectors, prepare to be stunned and filled with auto-lust.
Sure, you may collect Hot Wheels or Revell models now, but there’s something out there far greater – at least in cost, if not accuracy. As if owning a Lamborghini wasn’t an expensive enough endeavor (costing roughly $380k, plus the need to fill the gas tank with gryphon blood and spark the engine with the first heartbeat of a reborn phoenix), model maker Robert Gülpen has created a 1/8th scale model of the Aventador which will run you $6 million dollars – or, if you manage to score it at auction at Sotheby’s, as little as $4.7 million.
A carbon fiber body, wheels and internal details crafted from platinum and gold, and surfaces lined with diamonds are just some of the elements which give model this such an enormous price tag. So, is this model for true model car collectors, or is it for people who like really shiny, jewel-encrusted things? Is the goal of model car building and collecting accuracy, or is it to have the most exceptionally overwrought model humanly possible? It’s probably different for every collector.
Maybe, just maybe, this is a sarcastic art piece which comments on the excessive wealth and (in some opinions) waste necessary to purchase the actual Aventador. The artist isn’t telling.
Either way, check out Autoblog for a bunch of exclusive photos of this semi-ridiculous item, and choose to either drool or scoff. We won’t judge. I’m just going to stick to Batmobiles.