A flamboyant entrepreneur who turned his classy Mercedes into this extraordinary one-off supercar which he’s now selling for a staggering £7 MILLION.
The Mercedes McLaren SLR is the one of the German company’s most exclusive cars and is known for its stylish design.
But Swiss businessman Ueli Anliker wasn’t satisfied with the car’s image and set about transforming the 200mph-plus Merc.
He employed a team of 35 who spent a total of 30,000 man hours and more than £3.5 million developing the outlandish ‘Anliker McLaren SLR 999 Red Gold Dream’.
However, it hasn’t been as well received as Mr Anliker would have hoped for, with Top Gear saying the paintwork could “burn a hole through your eyes and into your nightmares”.
The garish body has 25 layers of red paint with 5kg of gold dust worked into it.
Each of the car’s wheels are covered in 24 carat gold as are the headlights and door sills
And the car’s supercharged 5.4-litre engine has had power boosted from 640bhp to 999bhp – giving it a top speed of more than 210mph.
Inside, there are jewelled indicators, a gold-trimmed interior and steering wheel and ruby-covered switchgear.
In total there are more than 600 rubies within the car’s interior, which would have cost around £300,000 before the staggering overhaul.
Mr Anliker is now selling the Mercedes with a “minimum” price-tag of £7 million – making it the world’s most expensive vehicle for sale on the open market.
A spokesperson for Mr Anliker said: “Selling the vehicle has never been part of Mr Anliker’s motivation but he will consider a suitable offer.
“Having invested about 5 million Swiss francs and more than 30,000 man hours, the car is worth more than 10 million Swiss francs, which is his minimum selling price.”
The SLR was jointly developed by Mercedes in Germany and McLaren in the UK.
It went on sale in 2003 with production running until last year.