The new £30,000 Cygnet city runaround was shipped on an Emirates SkyCargo plate, the first car to have been transported in the hold of one of Emirates' twice-daily 777s out of Glasgow.
The car – understood to be a gift – departed to Dubai and then Cyprus, where it arrived safely 48 hours later.
The customer, Michael Howard-Johnston of CyprusCars.eu, would have paid around an eye-watering £10,000 for the privilege, but says it was the cheapest option to get it there on time for the birthday.
He said: "Emirates promised to deliver it in a matter of days and were the only ones who could do so. Flying it out of Glasgow Airport also saved us the time and inconvenience of further land transport."
Phil Rawlings, Cargo Manager, UK, Emirates SkyCargo told Aol Travel: "The Cygnet certainly stood out from the other plates at our Glasgow SkyCargo warehouse, especially as it's the first time a car has flown on our Glasgow flight."
It certainly gives the full meaning to the term 'cargo'.