Sometimes, what 'glisters' may indeed turn out to be gold. To mark the debut of the Passat CC in the USA, Volkswagen had a truly 'golden' idea: on the Concours d'Elegance 2008 in Pebble Beach, California, the manufacturer paraded a magnificent one-off version of the four-seater coupé. The Passat CC Gold Coast does its badge proud. A special paint job blending three shades – gold, silver and bronze – is guaranteed to turn heads wherever this VW puts in an appearance. There are a couple of sporty touches in the form of a low-slung front spoiler and the massive 19-inch rims on which the elegant coupé glides along.
The VW designers have also spared no expense in the cabin of the Gold Coast: the high-grade interior has alternating cream and beige tones, and the sports seats are upholstered in finest Latte Macchiato leather. Beneath the bonnet throbs a 3.6-litre V6 packing a mighty 280bhp. What a pity that this highly decorative automotive creation will never grace the showrooms in either the USA or Europe. The Gold Coast has been conceived and built with the sole purpose of serving as a show car for the Passat CC.