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Is this the worst looking car ever?

If not, it's certainly a front runner...

Without wishing to open ourselves to a Clarkson-esque public flogging, Swiss businessman Ueli Anliker should be taken outside and shot in front of his family. For he is the man who took one of the world’s best performance cars – the Mercedes McLaren SLR, and turned it into Liberace’s wet dream.

The car is now called the ‘Anliker McLaren SLR 999 Red Gold Dream', and made its first appearance at Tuning World Bodensee last year. Anliker spent a total of 30,000 man hours (3.5yrs) and £3.5 million creating his ‘masterpiece’. It has been garnished with 25 layers of red paint and 5kg of gold. The wheels, headlights and door sills are covered with 24 carat gold and the inside the cabin we can find 600 rubies worth £300,000.

Of course, this was all done on the car after he had a truly awful bodykit installed, comprising a long chin spoiler extension, side skirts and a huge rear wing. None of these parts seem to enhance the looks of the car though, so quite why they were installed is anyone’s guess. Having said that, Anliker’s sense of style and taste isn’t exactly subtle given the colour scheme.

Anliker states the power unit under the hood started with a maximum output of 640bhp which would suggest this model was once the SLR 722 edition. It has apparently now been boosted to 999bhp by unknown means and has a top speed of 210mph, all according to Ueli Anliker myself.

Ueli Anliker has stated that he will not sell the exclusive model for anything less than £7 million. Well, good luck with that Ueli, and your collection of flying pigs...

Images courtesy of Ueli Anliker Design

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more