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Kazakhstan Mechanic Turns Old Mercedes into Rolls-Royce of His Dreams

Even though Rolls-Royce is owned by BMW, the connection to the Mercedes-Benz brand exists in the minds of many young people passionate about luxury automobiles. A young auto mechanic from Karaganda region of Kazakhstan started dreaming of owning a Phantom nice years ago. Of course, at the time, he was in school and couldn't really afford buying one, but he never gave up on the idea.
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After starting work as an auto mechanic, he suddenly got the bright idea of actually making his own Rolls-Royce phantom based on a Mercedes-Benz. After collecting dozens of photos and making lots of sketches, he set to work.

Ruslan Mukanov – that's our young craftsman's name – never wanted to make an actual carbon copy, just his own interpretation of what he feels makes the Phantom so great. The donor car looks to be an older 190E and as such isn't as large or imposing as one of the V12 monsters the Brits make.

The mechanic says it only cost him the equivalent of $3,000 to transform the car over the course of a year and he could have done it much faster but was hampered by financial problems. His brother and friends did not support him at first, but once the project neared completion, they all saw there was method to Ruslan's madness.

It's got a Soviet-era eagle sculpture instead of the spirit of ecstasy and the chrome wheels are a bit grotesque, but so what? According to voxpopuli.kz, the guy is now a local celebrity. People are asking to rent the fake Rolls as a wedding car and he's even appeared on some billboard commercials for vodka... what else.

 
 
 
 
 

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