Range Rover owner Ali Hassan Gharib must have a spare few quid – either that or he has stumbled upon the largest back-of-sofa coin horde in history – as he has managed to completely cover his luxury off-roader in shiny dirhams.
The blinged-up SUV is bedecked with a total of 57,412 dirhams, or the equivalent of around £11,000, sending the price tag for this ultimate show of wealth soaring to around £500,000, according to The Sun newspaper.
> Despite sporting nearly half a ton of spare change, the plucky Range Rover can still hit a top speed of 75mph, though there is no guarantee that the shrapnel won't fly off when the pedal is depressed firmly to the metal.
The dazzling Range is the work of Dubai-based car tuners Coins Car, who specialise in covering vehicles in precious metal. An artist is said to have spent weeks polishing each coin and then gluing them individually by hand.
In an attempt to avoid attention from light-fingered thieves, the dirhams used in the project are said to be out of circulation, so relatively worthless unless smelted down.
This isn't the first car to be covered in an odd material in order to grab attention; Bugatti unveiled a Veyron festooned with porcelain, a Swarovski crystal-studded Cadillac CTS coupe was unveiled at the Qingdao International Auto Show in China two years ago and Leeds United player El Hadji Diouf famously turned up for training in a chromed Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.