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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]

 |  Nov 11 2010, 8:34 PM

So you don’t want to go overboard and get your whole ride blinged out, but it would be nice to add a little sparkle to your commute. In Japan, Mercedes-Benz has designed bespoke car keys that are studded with Swarovski crystals that offer an air of exclusivity and the right amount of shine appeal.

The crystals, in shades of pink or black, are found along the long sides of the keys, which are individually and meticulously hand-crafted by Swarovski. You can also pick up two extra keys for $515. The key design was developed as a joint effort between Mercedes-Benz in Japan and Swarovski in Austria, and was made specifically to tailor the Japanese lifestyle and fashion tastes.

“This cooperation brings together two premium brands that continue to set new standards with their products. Both are synonymous with outstanding quality, creativity and fascinating design, and so complement each other perfectly. We are therefore delighted to have been able to join forces with Swarovski to bring this idea from our staff members to life in very tangible form,” said Dirk Reimelt, project leader at Business Innovation.

The keys are only available in Japan right now, and there’s no word on if they will be launched in North America any time soon.

[Source: Born Rich]

 |  Jul 08 2010, 10:53 AM

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Holy bling Batman! You’ll need to don sunglasses to marvel at this very special edition of the Smart Fortwo convertible.

Created by Anjuny, a luxury car accessory brand, this blinged-out Smart Fortwo convertible is available in China and comes covered with over 280,000 Swarovski crystals. But it doesn’t stop there – open the door and gaze at the interior that has also been crystallized. That’s right, you’ll find crystal accents applied on the leather, drink holders, shift knob, mirrors, seat buckles, and pedals.

Thank goodness its good on gas, because you’ll need all the help you can get to afford this shiny number. No word on the cost of the dazzling beauty, but unless you’re in China, you won’t be driving off the lot in it anyway. We guess you’ll just have to stick to bedazzling your jean jacket.

GALLERY: Anjuny Swarovski Smart fortwo

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[Source: Born Rich]