Sorry, Lexus. If you really want a December to remember, stick a bow atop this gold-plated, ruby-encrusted Mercedes SLR. It's the dream car of Swiss club owner and Thai-food impresario Ueli Anlicker, who built the "Red Gold Dream SLR." And it's $11 million.
We first reported on the world's gaudiest car back in 2009. The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Red Gold Dream had been decorated with 500 rubies — including the rubies that comprise its wheel lugs — and slathered in 14-karat gold, making it, as some might say, quite eye-catching.
Lest the glittery stuff take the focus away from the car's, ahem, performance, Anlicker says it's been tuned to produce 700 hp, but he wants to bring it up to a cool 1,000 before selling it.
What about security, you ask? Much like any given Supra, it's got a GPS tracker, a remote-disable function and one of those annoying sensors that trigger the recorded voice of some mook warning passersby to stand clear of the car. Either that or risk retina damage, or a petit-mal seizure.
At the time, best estimates pegged it as being worth around $4.3 million. Now, Anlicker says it's worth $11 million, and says he already has heard from prospective buyers, unsurprisingly from China and the Middle East.
Your move, Donald Trump.