Mercedes-Benz CLS Coated with One Million Swarovski Crystals

Giancarlo Perlas September 24, 2014

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One particular Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 has been generating quite a buzz online recently, especially in social networks. What made it very special was its exterior was almost entirely encrusted with Swarovski crystals. According to sources like Yahoo! Autos, The Telegraph and Mirror, the number of faux diamonds adorning the vehicle numbers up to a million.

The said car belongs to a 21-year-old  Russian business student, who is also a socialite, named Daria Radionova. The body, including the handles and lining surrounding the badges, was covered in Swarovski crystals. Of course, the only parts spared by the synthetic material were the wheels, tires, lamps, plate numbers, and the glass. Although the socialite did not disclose how much she spent for her Mercedes with the special plate BAII BYY, sources claimed that the body customization alone must have cost her around $33,000.

People finishing their Mercedes-Benz cars with various stuff like gold and Swarovski crystals are no longer new. One popular example of a person who over-customized his German luxury car was Muhammad Ali with his 1959 Mercedes-Benz Golden Angel Wing from a 220S model. Its exterior and interior were lined with 23-karat gold, plus around 270 precious stones.

The other special mention goes to the Red Gold Dream, which was a Mercedes McLaren SLR with 11 pounds of gold dust in its paint finish. The car originally belonged to the Swiss designer Ueli Anliker, and it was put on sale in December 2011 with a whopping price of $11 million. We are not sure though if anyone ever bought the car from him.

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal in the Middle East was rumored to possess a Mercedes-Benz SL 600 too adorned with approximately 300,000 Swarovski crystals. Reports in 2010 said he would charge people $1,000 just to touch it. However, he vehemently denied the stories and the ownership of such car.

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Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo Perlas is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations, particularly in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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