The super-rich love to shock others into standing and staring at their jaw-dropping wealth – and the latest antic to attract attention is driving around in gold supercars.
For some, one gold car is not enough.
A Saudi Arabian prince in his 20s has moved to London and drives around the streets famed for being paved with gold with blinged up golden super cars.
The collection is worth more than £1 million.
Heading the fleet is a £370,000 Mercedes G63 AMG 6X6 six-wheel off-road monster among them he was sure to never have to take the tube or bus during while in the UK.
Wheels of fortune
Should the Mercedes lose its shine for the prince, then he also has a Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe, a cut down version of one of the most popular limos for the wealthy and worth around £350,000.
This car can reach a speed of up to 155 mph, but that’s quite pedestrian compared to the performance of the other cars in the fleet.
To make sure that he does not arrive late for business appointments or ladies that do lunch, this car enthusiast also has a Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce and a Bentley Flying Spur. Both cars worth over the £200,000 each and both can accelerate to 200mph or more, but not in the London traffic.
The young prince is not the only wealthy driver with a golden touch. Gold cars are becoming more and more popular with other billionaires and millionaires too.
Car wrapping technology
BBC TV star and Dragon’s Den money man Theo Paphitis was recently spotted out in his truly pimped up ride. Theo decided to improve an already beautiful Maybach 62 by completing refitting the body panels with sheets of gold bullion.
From the inside to the outside, the whole car is covered in the precious metal, pushing the cost towards £830,000.
With car wrapping technology improvements, more and more wealthy motorists are coming up with the wackiest ideas to make an impact with their cars.
Even more affordable luxury cars such as Porsche Panameras get the gold treatment, not just elite supercars.
How’s it done? The cars are carefully wrapped in gold or chrome vinyl to make them glitter and shine like gold or silver.