Gold on wheels

Gold leafing vehicles isn’t new — the Egyptians mastered the technique more than 3000 years ago when they decorated Tutankhamun’s chariot with gold leaves. Gold plating your car is however new and a sure-fire way to differentiate your ride. London-based Alchemist has created a unique 24-carat gold and platinum-leafed Aston Martin DB7 for the recent MPH Prestige and Performance Motor Show at London’s Earls Court. The car, which also features seven diamonds embedded in the bodywork, looks a million dollars, but… then comes the question of where to park the car.

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Special, safe, and shiny

Already considered the world’s most luxurious car, the Rolls Royce Phantom, just got better. A collaboration between Stuart Hughes of Liverpool UK & Eurocash AG of Zug Switzerland, the new Rolls Royce Phantom Solid Gold houses 120 kg of solid 18 carat gold and comes fully armoured. Jürgen Beckl of Eurocash AG approached Stuart Hughes for this unique project for one of their clients, a Middle Eastern businessman, who wanted something safe and special. The car has been ballistic-tested and certified by the Germen Gouvernement Beschussamt München against Kalaschnikov AK 47, and Dragunov as well as two hand grenades at the same time. The job took approximately 18 months, including creating the full armour. And all this comes at a cost — £5 million to be precise.