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 |  May 26 2011, 4:29 PM

A car isn’t flashy enough for us until you bedazzle the crap out of it (we love the sparkly Royal MINI Cooper and the Smart Fortwo convertible), so you can imagine how excited we were when we laid our peepers on the Swarovski-studded Audi that turned heads at the Moscow Tuning Show.

Designed to blind anyone looking directly at in on a sunny day, the sparkle-rific Audi was the creation of Shampar, a tuning studio, who blinged out this ride with 450,000 Swarovski crystals. It made its grand appearance and dazzled patrons at the Moscow Tuning Show, which took place in the international exhibition center Crocus Expo recently.

Taking about 1440 hours and 6 million rubles ($214,415) to bling this ride, there’s no word on if this jewelled creation is available for sale. But we think with your own bedazzler kit and some rhinestones from a craft store, you could jazz up your own for a fraction of the cost. What do you think? Too much or not enough? Would you be caught driving a car like this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

[Source: Born Rich]

 |  Oct 13 2010, 12:10 PM

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Here’s yet another example that money can’t buy taste. This little Italian number is garnering quite a bit of attention on JamesList where a limited number of these Fiat 500 La Dolce Vitas are up for sale in Deep Red Sportiva or Golden Pearl White Classica. Italian tuner Felice Milano aims to do the outlandish and gaudy… and we’re guessing some people still want it.

Felice Milano has taken a perfectly fine Fiat 500 and tossed 24k gold inserts all over the car. We’re talking side mirrors, headlights, pillars and other detailed accents on the exterior. The exhaust tip is full on gold and so are those stylish 17-inch wheels.

Now this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the 24k gold trend on cars. There are quite a handful of modified imports out there that have sported 24k wheels or valve covers, but never anything this extreme – or gaudy. We guess the lesson to be learned here is that gold on cars is best done in moderation.

[Source: JamesList Blog]

GALLERY: Felice Milano Fiat 500 La Dolce Vita

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Get more Fiat 500 news and info at Fiat500Owners.com

 |  May 07 2010, 5:48 PM

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Sometimes it’s not enough to drive a fine, luxury automobile. You need everyone to know what you drive (or what you wish you did drive) by bringing a piece of it with you wherever you go.

When you’re heading out of town, you can let the world know that your luggage fits perfectly in your Porsche with the new Porsche Design Driver’s Selection line of luggage. Just as sleek and cool as the car itself, this line of luggage was designed to fit in the storage spaces of the Boxster, 911, Cayman, Cayenne and Panamera.

There are three different types in this collection, they all come in a variety of sizes and come in a choice of the original Porsche vehicle exterior colors: the “Ultralight,” which sport a classic design and is made of light polycarbonate; the Porsche Carfit series that is made with “AluFrame”-trolleys; and the Panamera leather series.

If you really want to OP (Over Porsche) it, consider accessorizing with the company’s new collection of line of jackets, wallets, handbags, and sunglasses.

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Looking to put a little extra bling in your outfit? Consider picking up a metallic purse embellished with a Cadillac hood ornament. You’ll get plenty of interior room (just like a Caddy) and you’ll definitely make a fashion statement (again, just like a Caddy). These gems were spotted in Santee Alley in LA’s garment district, but you could probably do this yourself with an ordinary bag, a needle and thread or a glue gun, and a hood ornament from a car of your choice. Bam – instant fashion statement!

[Source:  TopSpeed and CarDomain]