A gold-plated Lamborghini billed as the world’s most expensive car at a staggering $7.5 million is going up for auction in Dubai, a city known for its own opulence, CNBC reported on Sept. 17.
The gold-plated Lamborghini is now just a concept, reflected by a custom prototype on display in Dubai for those who have money to burn.
The gold-plated Lamborghini prototype model was crafted at a 1:8 scale by renowned German scale model builder Robert Gulpen. The finished gold-plated Lamborghini model will be carved from an 1,100-pound block of solid gold and contain 55 pounds of solid gold, the Christian Science Monitor said. The precious metals and gemstones that adorn the car are alone valued at a whopping $2.64 million.
The gold-plated Lamborghini prototype has already won three spots in the Guinness Book of World Records — for being the most expensive model car ever, for having the most secure showcase, complete with bullet-proof glass, and for featuring the most luxurious logo, the Inquisitr reported.
The gold-plated Lamborghini was first announced in 2011, when Gulpen said he wanted to create the world’s most expensive model car. Now, Gulpen has garnered support for the project directly from Lamborghini. Gulpen will use computer models of the actual Aventador and a five-axis milling machine to form an aluminum mold, which can then be used to make a carbon fiber mock-up of the model.
The gold-plated Lamborghini prototype shows what the winning bidder can get in the real thing. The gold-plated Lamborghini boasts a V12 engine and a huge 700 bhp. The actual car hasn’t yet been built so that custom specifications can be added.
While any Lamborghini is sure to turn heads, this one could be a show stopper. The gold-plated Lamborghini will go to auction with a starting price set at $7.5 million. Of that, Gulpen promises that $650,000 will be donated to charity.
Of course, if all you want is gold, you don’t need to buy the gold-plated Lamborghini at $7.5 million. You can buy 55 pounds of gold for about $1.2 million at current prices.
Remember, there are less than 100 shopping days until Christmas.