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Insurance is something everyone needs but no one wants to pay for. Shelling out a big chunk of change every month for an essentially invisible service seems like a gross financial burden until you actually need it.
What kind of security system do you think you’d need for the Mercedes McLaren SLR that’s adorned with 5 kg (roughly 11 lbs) of gold and 600 rubies? We’re thinking its own posse of guards and an invisible force field might keep the car jackers at bay.
Designed by Suisse car-designer Ueli Anliker, this McLaren SLR 999 was featured at the Tuning World Bodensee in May and more recently, at the Dortmund MY CAR tuning show earlier this month. Anliker has been creating golden rides just like this one for about 35 years. This sparkling creation comes complete with 600 rubies, some of which measure up to 35 mm in diameter.
Want to own it? This car’s value is estimated by insurers at 5 million Swiss Francs (€3.7 million/$5.2 million). But according to Anliker, that price tag doesn’t include the more than 30,000 man-hours of work that went into this project.
We love customized MINIs like we love air, so seeing a street art-inspired one from Russia made our hearts go all aflutter. Prepared in a strict limited run of 25 unique cars, the Russian artist Denis Simachëv and Russian tuner TopCar will create each car as a wholly unique vehicle.
The white one, called “Bully,” was a desire to “break the stereotype that MINI is mostly a girl’s car.” Simachëv says:
“This car is created for a real ‘bully’ that is fond of easy money. He likes socializing and is desperate to attend fashionable gatherings and parties. A real ‘party animal’, he is just fooling around and looking for an adventure.”
We love the car, and don’t get what they mean. Maybe Ed Hardy shirts haven’t made it to Russia.
To check out more photos of the “Bully,” plus #2 in the series, “Moscow” (adorned with traditional Russian ‘Khokhloma’ paintings) hop past the jump.
Custom paint has always been a staple of modifying a car. Over the years trends have come and gone, many of them debuting from Tokyo such as Maziora or “color changing” paint. We ran across this pair of cars with a paint style we have yet to see.
The car above is called the Toban Shokunin by a shop called And Factory Produce and appears to have started life as some sort of Suzuki. We honestly can’t say what the other car is, or was.
Regardless, the new paint scheme is brilliantly metallic and has a serious 3D look to it. Who knows, perhaps we’ll see more cars painted this way in the future. It’s definitely extreme, but used in moderation, it could really work for some nice pinstiping action on a classic American hotrod.