One must pay to touch the diamond-encrusted Mercedes

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The e-mailed circular blurts it out with all the bug-eyed hysteria of a Muslim Obama chain letter…

“THE CAR COSTS $4.8 MILLION
AND IF YOU WANT TO TOUCH IT YOU HAVE TO PAY $1000
IT BELONGS TO PRINCE ALWALEED FROM SAUDI ARABIA
remember this when gasoline hits $5.00 a gallon.
You paid for this one.”

German engineering, Saudi style. More follows after the jump. Apologies and profound commiserations to whoever had to take these photos. Swarovski to dip an S-class in glue and roll it in a tank of crushed glass in 3… 2… 1…

Update: It’s a fake, made of Swarovski crystals and with nary a Saudi in sight. [Snopes]

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25 Responses to One must pay to touch the diamond-encrusted Mercedes

  1. w000t says:

    How much to touch it with a sledge hammer?

  2. Fnarf says:

    The US doesn’t get its oil from Saudi Arabia, anyways. We get it from Canada, Venezuela, and Africa.

    But, you know — racism is ALWAYS in style.

  3. Ceronomus says:

    And with people starving and in poverty…

    The world hates the US?

  4. Anonymous says:

    remembe alexander the great while dying how he got to be funeraled

  5. billydeville says:

    It’s been “bedazzled”.

  6. striped_pants says:

    Yeah, ok, US doesn’t get it’s oil from Saudi Arabia, just like it doesn’t get it’s walmart crappary from China. Saudi Arabia is the second-largest importer of US oil. Shell Oil is the largest US seller of Saudi Arabian oil.

    I wonder if those are blood diamonds on that benz-o-gaudy.

  7. stratosfyr says:

    Now I want to glue a kagillion rhinestones to my Versa.

    That would be awesome.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I call shenanigans.

    Those have -got- to be crystals or rhinestones. Does anyone remember how heinously expensive those diamond-encrusted bra and panty sets are?

  9. Alys says:

    As the saying goes, whoever owns that car must surely be compensating for something…

    Or rather, over-compensating.

  10. Halloween Jack says:

    Art cars are soooooo Burning Man ’95.

  11. Anonymous says:

    a $4.8 million SL600???? Couldn’t he have sprung the extra $50k and gotten an SL65 AMG? I don’t think it would have meant much in the whole scheme of things…

  12. ScottMcG says:

    At first look, I would have guessed it belonged to some faux-gangsta rapper. It’s that tacky.

    As for $1000 to touch it? That had better include a happy ending, because that’s the only reason I’m paying that kind of cash to touch something wearing that much tacky jewelry.

  13. Jake0748 says:

    I’ve got something Prince ALWALEED can touch… and I won’t even charge him $1,000.

  14. ROSSINDETROIT says:

    More evidence that this does not belong to a Saudi: fur seats. When was the last time you saw fur ANYTHING in the desert?

  15. DMcK says:

    Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the good Prince, for what it’s worth. Evidently, he does own a diamond-studded Mercedes, just not this one, I guess. And some planes, and some boats, and some palaces…

  16. Anonymous says:

    its amazing that people still believe in this kind of hoaxes :)

    what is next.. ‘Arab Palace Made of Solid Diamonds’ ..and you need to pay 1 mil$ just to see it

    i guess some would believe in that too lol

  17. Matt J says:

    That’s the most tasteless thing I’ve ever seen.

  18. Anonymous says:

    2 year old pictures of a car decked out with crystals as part of advertising campaign for Garson D.A.D.

    Waaaay old news and BS racism on top for good measure.

  19. wil9000 says:

    This has all the earmarks of a typical chain email designed to urge the gullible reader into hating and fearing “the arabs”, while looking the other way when American oil executives are doing their very best Scrooge McDuck impersonations while simultaneously testifying before congress whining that they are being picked on for being profitable.

    There are several of these emails circulating, one has pictures of a very fancy hotel, claiming that it is the personal home of “an arab prince” and claiming that the reason oil prices are high is because of “those people”.

    Yes, I attribute most evil on this world to Karl Rove and company, but I can easily see this type of “hate the arabs, and kindly look the other way” chain emai to him, or people who want to be like him.

    Here the rant ends.

  20. Anonymous says:

    http://www.garson-usa.com/

    They even have a wallpaper shots of their swarovski encrusted nightmare for you to tart up your desktop with.

    Not for Saudi’s, this crud is for people who wish they were drenched in oil-wealth but are, instead, drenched in tastelessness.

  21. kiint says:

    it’s a promotional vehicle built by Garson/D.A.D. (a German car customizer) to promote their “crystal collection” of car accessories.

    http://www.carzi.com/2007/11/22/swarovski-covered-mercedes-benz-sl600/

    The thing was at the LA Auto show last year, and it certainly didn’t have $5m worth of security, not unless that velvet rope was also a force field.

  22. Anonymous says:

    The e-mail also implies that the prince’s wealth came from oil, but it seems Prince Al-Walid bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud made most of his money with investments and real estate, according to the Wikipedia article.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Waleed_bin_Talal

    Lots of citations needed, but you get the gist.

  23. demidan says:

    How much to urinate on it?

  24. clueless in brooklyn says:

    Malibu Barbie called and she wants her frickin’ car back!

  25. gATO says:

    Prince Waleed has some pimpin’ ride, yo… I bet it’s a lowrider, too.

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