This Mercedes S-Class Was Painted With 1,000 Sheets Of Gold Leaf

I'm not talking about any paint or wrap this time as the Carlsson CS50 Versailles is indeed adorned with more than 1,000 sheets of wafer-thin gold leaf. It takes 200 man hours and a squirrel-hair brush to achieve such class. And it's going to China, of course.

Based on the flagship Mercedes, the Versailles was "specifically developed for China's ultra-wealthy "'Taipan' clients; the new 'royalty' of the Middle Kingdom." And those ultra-wealthy Chinese must love the thing because Carlsson has sold ten of the planned 25 in advance.

The main tool for the job is a special squirrel brush that can absorb the (80 x 80 mm) gold leaves which are then placed on the surface in an irregular laying pattern. As Carlsson puts it:

This is merely the start of an elaborate process taking more than 14 days, during which the bespoke clear-coat undergoes its labour intensive application, drying and sealing to ensure a unique and perfect finish whose practicality and durability is comparable to that of conventional paint.

Durability? Right...

This Mercedes S-Class Was Painted With 1,000 Sheets Of Gold Leaf

A further 278 interior and 30 exterior components get the same treatment and Carlsson claims that the gold used for the interior alone costs around 12,000 Euros ($16,458). No problem though since getting a CS50 Versailles will set you back by 280,000 Euros ($384,036).

That's a base price of course since we're talking about a German tuner, customers can go as bespoke with the car as their wallet allows. More gold should not be a problem either.

This Mercedes S-Class Was Painted With 1,000 Sheets Of Gold Leaf

This Mercedes S-Class Was Painted With 1,000 Sheets Of Gold Leaf

This Mercedes S-Class Was Painted With 1,000 Sheets Of Gold Leaf

This Mercedes S-Class Was Painted With 1,000 Sheets Of Gold Leaf

This Mercedes S-Class Was Painted With 1,000 Sheets Of Gold Leaf

This Mercedes S-Class Was Painted With 1,000 Sheets Of Gold Leaf

This Mercedes S-Class Was Painted With 1,000 Sheets Of Gold Leaf