Harrods owners’ supercars clamped outside store

July 29, 2010 | by | 14 Comments

This is the moment a £1.5 million supercar belonging to the Qatari royal family was clamped outside their new store – Harrods.

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Onlookers booed as the ruthless traffic wardens clamped the unique Koenigsegg CCXR outside the world famous store in Knightsbridge, London.

A £350,000 Lamborghini Murcielago SuperVeloce with matching paintjob parked next to the Koenigsegg also fell foul to the wardens on Brompton Road.

The Swedish-built Koenigsegg CCXR has a staggering 1,018bhp – making it 20 times as powerful as a basic Ford Fiesta. With a price of around £1.5 million it’s also 180 times more expensive than the supermini.

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Customers wanting a CCXR are flown to the company HQ on an airbase in Sweden where boss Christian Von Koenigsegg will literally take you for a spin.

Mr Koenigsegg accelerates the CCXR up to 200mph and slam on the brakes – ALL WITHOUT HIS HANDS ON THE STEERING WHEEL – to demonstrate the car’s stability.

At £350,000, the Lamborghini is a fair bit cheaper than the Koenigsegg but its outlandish paintjob means its no shrinking violet. With a top speed of 213mph, it will give most supercars a run for their money.

The super-rich Qatari royal family bought Harrods from Mohamed Al Fayed in May for £1.5 billion under its company name Qatari Holding, becoming only the fifth owner of the store since its 1850 creation.

They are renowned for their lavish lifestyle, owning a string of yachts, luxury homes and a one-off Pagani Zonda Uno in the same livery as the Koenigsegg and Lamborghini.

An onlooker said: ”It’s not every day you see cars like this, let alone watch them get clamped.

”Judging by their cars, I shouldn’t think the owners will worry too much about paying a couple of hundred quid to have the clamps taken off.

”In fact, I should think it would probably cost more just to fill up the tank.”

According to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the penalty for parking illegally is £120 for a ‘serious’ contravention or £80 for a ‘less serious’ contravention with the fines halved if paid within 14 days.

However, as the cars have been clamped the owners will have to pay an additonal £70 for each car to be released.

The owners could have taken advantage of Harrods’ valet parking service which charges a £8 for the first hour or £40 for 8-9 hours with an additional £50 charge to store a car overnight.


Pictures by Thomas Vervuurt and Hussen Raza

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  1. josh says:

    I could have sworn there was a third car, the SSC (fastest roadcar in the world) around the corner, safely positioned on a less "yellow" yellow line… the arabic number plates and hordes of photographers caught my eye… oh, and the colour…. they should have been towed for the paintjob alone.

  2. josh says:

    I could have sworn there was a third car, the SSC (fastest roadcar in the world) around the corner, safely positioned on a less "yellow" yellow line… the arabic number plates and hordes of photographers caught my eye… oh, and the colour…. they should have been towed for the paintjob alone.

  3. Mr Black says:

    Wow. I blame the paint shop for this horrific crime. Someone should clamp their spray gun safely to a tree or something.

  4. Mr Black says:

    Wow. I blame the paint shop for this horrific crime. Someone should clamp their spray gun safely to a tree or something.

  5. BB says:

    I can't see any yellow lines on the road?? so they look like there parked ok!

  6. BB says:

    I can't see any yellow lines on the road?? so they look like there parked ok!

  7. Seve says:

    Those clamps don't look like they're on properly, i bet you could just take them off, i had one like that once on a sports car i had (not as expensive as these) but they can't put the clamps on properly, i just took it off as it was on private land and drove off! Never heard anything!

  8. Seve says:

    Those clamps don't look like they're on properly, i bet you could just take them off, i had one like that once on a sports car i had (not as expensive as these) but they can't put the clamps on properly, i just took it off as it was on private land and drove off! Never heard anything!

  9. liam says:

    the paint jobs are sweet especially on the lambo!

  10. liam says:

    the paint jobs are sweet especially on the lambo!

  11. cksmim says:

    kind of like the paint

  12. cksmim says:

    kind of like the paint

  13. Dariha says:

    check this out ! lol

  14. Dariha says:

    check this out ! lol

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