Fondly remembered by fans as the “Ponton” because of the style of its rear fenders, the 220S (W180) was the first three-body Mercedes-Benz and also one of the three-pointed star cars that pioneered the modern safety cell.
To quote Monty Python, Muhammad Ali's 1959 custom Ponton - nicknamed the "Golden Angel Wing" - is something entirely different, with both its exterior and its interior being made to apparently resemble “an Arabian palace”.
It has an interior engulfed with mink fur and all kind of Arabic engravings, while the exterior is covered in 24 karat gold. The entire car is encrusted with no less than 270 jewels, including diamonds.
The odd bit is that the boxing legend only owned the car for a brief two years so we're not sure if the “mods” are his work or the work of the car's next owner.
If anyone is interested in this massive amount of kitsch on four wheels, the car is apparently going to be auctioned in February, with the final price expected to fetch “around $1.5 million”.
Story via The Daily Mail