With a starting price of US$7.5 million, the gold-plated 1:8 scale model of a Lamborghini Aventador could make the auction’s winning bidder a very proud collector. Gülpen's gold 1:8 scale model of the Aventador will be carved out of a 500-kg (1,102 lbs) block of solid gold. It will have 25 kg (55 lbs) of the precious metal.
The precious metals and gemstones used in the scale model are valued at $2.64 million. US$650,000 of the earnings will be given to charity.
A video of this scale model in a Dubai showroom was released but this is just a prototype built from less valuable materials. The buyer’s preferences will be used to customize the actual 1:8 scale model.
The buyer will be assured of owning a scale model car that has received three Guinness world records for being the most expensive scale model car and having the most luxurious logo and the most secure showcase. It uses bulletproof glass.
The prototype has been on display for more than a week now. Alongside the scale model is a real Aventador with a starting price of around US$400,000.
As expected from a Lamborghini product, the company’s newest prized model, the Aventador, continues the proud tradition of deriving the name from a famous bull. Specifically the name is from a rather courageous bull belonging to the Spanish Corrida. This bull was part of the battle that occurred in Saragossa Arena during October 1993 and due to the courage the bull displayed, it garnered title "Trofeo de la Peña La Madroñera".
The proportions of the Aventador are indeed striking considering that overall length is measured at 4.78 m (188.19 in.). This is complemented by the width, which if we include the mirrors on the exterior, comes in at 2.26 m (88.98 in.). Highlighting the proportions further is the low height of 1.136 m (44.72 in). Being a Lamborghini model, it comes as no surprise that both of the carbon-fiber monocoque doors open upward.
This attribute was first seen on the legend that is the Countach and then later on in other V12 models like the Diablo and after that the Murciélago. However for the Aventador itself, one is likely to recall the Murciélago. This is mainly due to the air intakes that are electronically controlled and open depending on the current temperature on the outside and on the need for cooling air.
As such, it allows for the aerodynamic efficiency to be maximized. For those who want to show the world the power unit of the Lamborghini, customers can choose to make the engine bonnet transparent. This allows the 12-cylinder engine to be displayed for the world to see much like a technical art work inside a display case. In terms of design, the company has long been known to have elegant dynamics combined with the aggressive power.
From the first look at the Aventador, it is obvious that this model is from Lamborghini. This model has the unique design language and characteristic the company is known for. In addition, the use of precise surfaces and exact lines and combined with the strong proportions and muscularity, gives the Aventador those important details. Indeed, this particular design language was developed by designers working at Centro Stile Lamborghini in order to give this new offering an important advantage.
Truly the Aventador is an innovative piece of art given the dynamic sculpture like how the front end has been honed in a sharp manner, the low roofline, and the unique diffuser in the rear. While each form is influenced by the speed and each line comes with a distinct function, the overall appearance continues to be magnificent and impressive.