Top 10 Most Expensive Model Cars Ever Made

Cars don’t have to be big to make an impression. In this story, we discuss small cars worth big money: here are the 10 most expensive model cars around.

10. Matchbox 1967 Magirus Deutz Crane (No. 30)

Model car collectors could only dream of one day stumbling upon a 1967 no. 30 matchbox crane at a neighbourhood garage sale. If it was back in the 1980s, he or she would have paid €10 for it. Now a brown no. 30 crane is worth €13,000.

9. Beatnik Bandit Hotwheels

One of the original Sweet 16 cars of the Hotwheels. The car is futuristic and made out of fibreglass with a see-through plexiglass bubble top. It doesn't get any more retro than this. Originally the model car was designed in 1963. The line came out in different colours, but the rarest of them all was the hot pink car which was made in an effort to get girls interested in toy cars as well. Unfortunately, this plan didn't work and the pink car was discontinued, making it now a rare car to find, so rare that the hot pink Bandit is now worth around €15,000.

8. Ferrari 250 GTO

The Ferrari 250 GTO might be the best Ferarri in the world. The model size cars (scale 1:8) are not bad either. The 250 GTO comes in different models but the company who makes them, named Amalgam, sell the Ferrari 250 GTO for more than €18,000.

7. Dinky Pre-war No.22D Delivery Van 'W.E. Boyce'

Dinky Vehicles are a particular hit amongst collectors. The most expensive die-cast vehicle ever sold was the pre-war 'type 22' WE Boyce from Dinky toys. Dinky toys began its life in 1934 as a Meccano spin-off. The vehicles originally were sold as an accessory for railway kits. The small car today is worth €22,000.

6. Tomica Z432 Datsun

A collector's model car of the highest order: Tomica Datsun. This beauty is made from real platinum and took a month to make. This very small car was made to celebrate Tomica's 40th anniversary, six years ago. Tomica started making car models in 1970 and millions of children (and not so young children) have played with them ever since. This exclusive car cost the owner a whopping €80,000.

5. Volkswagen Beach Bomb

This Hotwheels Volkswagen Beach Bomb is a prototype. Of course, the fact that this model is a prototype makes it special but another factor is the surfboards that are hanging out of the back window of the car. The prototype is dated back to 1969. These cars are made in rose colour with a black interior. The size of the model is also rare because it's unusually large. It's worth €125,000.

4. 40th-anniversary Hot Wheels

There was only one model of this car produced for the Hot Wheels 40th anniversary, issued in 2008. A celebrity jeweller designed this special car made of 18 ct white gold, 1,388 blue diamonds, 988 black diamonds, 319 white diamonds and 8 rubies. It is worth around €140,000.

3. Bugatti Veyron

If the previous 7 models were too ordinary for your taste, then the next luxury car is sure to be more your thing. The Bugatti Veyron. It's a 1:18 scale of the original and is made of 24 ct solid gold and platinum plus 7.2ct of a single cut diamond! The only downside of this beauty is the fact that it took two months to finish.

2. Lamborghini Aventador

Do you have your heart set on a beautiful Lambo but fancy something a bit smaller for yourself? Well, the 1:8 scaled Lamborghini Aventador will suit you better. This Lambo cost around €6 million. What is great about this model is the fact that it is an exact replica of the real deal, outside and inside.

1. Lamborghini Aventador Gold

The last model on our list is the Lamborghini Aventador Gold edition. Just as number 9, the Lambo is 1:8 scaled and made with incredible detail. What makes this Lambo even better is the fact that the car is wrapped in gold. The real thing cost around €400,000, but this baby is worth €7.5 million, which makes this car the most expensive model car in the world!


Thankfully most model cars are not as expensive as the ones on this list. At Catawiki we have quite the collection of model cars in our auctions. Be sure to check out the cars in our weekly Model Car auctions before they drive off to another owner. 

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