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by Tim Beissmann

You might think that buying a 1:8 scale model of the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 is the closest you’ll ever get to affording Italy’s latest supercar.

That may generally be the case, but not so if you’ve got your heart set on this little black number.

What you’re looking at is the most expensive model car in the world. The price? Bidding will start at an auction in December at 3.5 million euros ($4.65 million), or 4.5 million ($6 million) outright for those who simply can’t wait.

At that price, it’s more than seven times the price of a real-life Lamborghini Aventador. So you could send this one straight to the poolroom, or fill your garage with a different Aventador for every day of the week.

(The model pictured is actually a less-valuable model of the car. The real one will be built to the individual preferences of the highest bidder.)

Produced by Robert Gulpin Engineering, the 1:8 Aventador holds three Guinness world records: the world’s most expensive and precious model car, the world’s most luxurious logo, and the world’s most secure showcase.

The body, doors and bonnet are made of carbon, and just like the real car, are formed in a high-temperature, high-pressure conclave oven. A thread of solid gold measuring one one-thousandth of a millimetre is wrapped around the carbon fibres.

The wheels, interior, seats, cockpit and steering wheel are cast from solid gold and platinum, with flawless high-carat gemstones spread throughout the cabin.

Just in case you were planning on taking it out of the box, the doors open and close, the wheels turn, and the engine has been recreated in every detail.

The model also comes with a second engine so its technology and craftsmanship can be appreciated in full, while a separate Lamborghini logo the size of the model and made of precious stones is also included.

Of the final price, 500,000 euros ($665,000) will be donated either to a children’s village in Sri Lanka or another charity agreed on by the owner and Lamborghini.

What would you pick: this model, or seven of the real thing? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below.




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