The all-new Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 represents the pinnacle of Italian design, dynamism, and passion from the raging bull brand of Sant’Agata. But for those who feel the car’s projected production run of roughly 4,000 is just too commonplace for a true collector, Robert Gülpen Engineering might be a name you want to remember.
With Lamborghini’s blessing, Robert Gülpen has created an Aventador of his own. This one-of-a-kind car was created in true Lamborghini fashion with carbon body, doors, and hood, but a 1/1000 mm thin thread of solid gold was wrapped around the carbon fibers to emphasize exclusivity. The rims were also constructed with gold and platinum, as was the entire interior—seats, cockpit, and steering wheel. High-carat gemstones throughout ensure that this car would undoubtedly be the most expensive modern-day car in the world. With an unprecedented asking price of 3.5 million euros—or roughly $4.7 million—this special Aventador clearly holds that title.
The only catch? Its owner will never be able to drive it. While Gülpen’s custom creation may be the ultimate expression of a true Italian exotic, it is only a 1:8 scale model of the real thing.
“My vision is to create a tribute to the legend of the automobile,” Gülpen writes on his web site. “I want to document and iconize man’s companion with this most expensive and most precious model car in the world.” Gülpen, who had worked for Mercedes-Benz in research and development, established Robert Güplen Engineering to create rare scale models of some of the world’s most exotic cars.
So while it may not be an actual alternative to the full-size Aventador, it certainly is the rarest representation of Lamborghini’s place in the automotive world: a true art form that is admired and appreciated even while it’s not being driven. (www.guelpen.com)