Sunday 25 September 2016

Gold plated Mercedes, Bentley, and Lamboughini owner picks up hefty parking fines in London

Published 30/03/2016 | 16:54

Three gold cars from Saudi Arabia (left-right) a 6x6 Mercedes G 63, Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe and Lamborghini Aventador have received parking tickets on Cadogan Place in Knightsbridge, London. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Three gold cars from Saudi Arabia (left-right) a 6x6 Mercedes G 63, Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe and Lamborghini Aventador have received parking tickets on Cadogan Place in Knightsbridge, London. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
A Ford Ka covered in gold wrapping paper is parked next to three gold cars from Saudi Arabia (second left-right) a 6x6 Mercedes G 63, Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe and Lamborghini Aventador on Cadogan Place in Knightsbridge, London, as all three gold cars have received a parking ticket. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Members of the public look as parking tickets have been placed on three gold cars from Saudi Arabia (left-right) a 6x6 Mercedes G 63, Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe and Lamborghini Aventador on Cadogan Place in Knightsbridge, London. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Three gold cars from Saudi Arabia (left-right) a 6x6 Mercedes G 63, Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe and Lamborghini Aventador have received parking tickets on Cadogan Place in Knightsbridge, London. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Three gold cars from Saudi Arabia (back-front) a 6x6 Mercedes G 63, Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe and Lamborghini Aventador have received parking tickets on Cadogan Place in Knightsbridge, London. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Three gold cars from Saudi Arabia (left-right) a 6x6 Mercedes G 63, Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe and Lamborghini Aventador have received parking tickets on Cadogan Place in Knightsbridge, London. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Three gold cars from Saudi Arabia (back-front) a 6x6 Mercedes G 63, Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe and Lamborghini Aventador have received parking tickets on Cadogan Place in Knightsbridge, London. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The owner of a fleet of gold supercars has been hit with hundreds of pounds in parking fines.

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A gold Lamborghini Aventador, Rolls Royce, Mercedes G63 6x6 and Bentley Flying Spur caused a stir even in the swanky Knightsbridge area they were parked in, with dozens of people stopping to take photos on their mobile phones.

The Lamborghini had two separate penalty notices for Tuesday and Wednesday slipped under its wiper blade, while the Mercedes and Bentley each had one.

The fines of £80 (€101) each time, reduced to £40 (€50.70) if paid within 14 days, mean the owner, reportedly from Saudi Arabia, owes the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea as much as £320 (€406).

The vehicles could even be removed and fines increased if the charges go unpaid.

The cars were parked in Cadogan Place, outside the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, in Knightsbridge, central London - just yards away from an NCP car park.

Costing £50 (€63.50) for 24 hours, the car park housed non-gold Bentleys, Audis and a Ferrari on Wednesday.

Staff at the five-star hotel remained tight-lipped about the owner, refusing to say whether they were a guest.

Outside, members of the public stood in the road to get the best angle for their photos.

Among those capturing a memento was Charlotte Eaton, from London.

She said of the cars: "They are incredible, they're amazing - I mean they're disgusting, you wouldn't want one.

"It's ridiculous, but I suppose when you've got that sort of money, you don't give a damn.

"They could get keyed - they are asking for trouble."

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