TOPCAR has popped back into the TopSpeed offices, straight out of Russia, with an all-new bespoke vehicle. Last time we caught up with our Russian custom car friends they were getting their Panamera Stingray 9/25 ready for the 2012 Moscow International Automobile Salon. Now they have delivered us a little more comfort and loads of safety with their Guard upgrade kit for the 2005 through 2013 Mercedes-Benz S600.
TOPCAR began by stripping this S600 down and adding in bullet-proof glass and paneling to keep its occupants safe. While the armoring is cool and likely costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, we are interested mostly in what the armor is protecting. No, not the occupants, we are talking about that gorgeous interior!
The entire interior covering has been removed and replaced from headliner to floor – yeah, we said the floor too – with an elegant blend of lozenge-textured crocodile, Nappa, and Alcantara leather. Sure, using crocodile leather isn’t the most PETA-friendly thing in the world, but when you have the roughly $100K that TOPCAR put into the interior, you can tell PETA to go save a squirrel. Plus, we’re pretty sure their presence in Russia is nearly non-existent.
The crocodile leather wraps up the seats, doors, dashboard, and floor. Gracing the luggage compartment is diamond-quilted Nappa leather, making a comfortable ride for your golf clubs or whatever else you like to stick in your trunk. With our contact at TOPCAR volunteering that sometimes the term “crazy Russian” is justified, we will leave the other trunk-dwelling objects to your imagination.
You also get a huge amount of custom Karelian birch wood trim to set off all of this beautifully crafted leather. To wrap up the package, TOPCAR replaced all of the Benz’s lowly chrome trim with gold-covered pieces. I mean, you can never rock crocodile leather with chrome trim after Labor Day, right?
“Wow” just about sums up this car. When it comes to tiptoeing the line between fantastically gorgeous and horrendously overdone, TOPCAR toed that line with the expertise we expected. Awesome job!
Interior Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard
More and more Russian businessmen and policy-makers prefer to buy armoured vehicles of luxury class. Secrecy is one of the relevant aspects of security, that’s why externally armored limousines look like standard cars.
However, many successful and well-being people tend to express their individuality in simple things. Among such things are cars. If the exterior modification of the armored car is taboo, the interior provides a variety of options to express individual features of the owner.
One of the long-term TOPCAR customers decided to follow this tip. As a result the interior of heavily-armored Mercedes-Benz S600 (W221) Guard was completely transformed. Behind thick glass and armour plates you can find a luxurious interior, which was decorated with genuine crocodile leather, Nappa and Alcantara leather, gold and Karelian birch. The interior looks luxury and at the same time very cozy. In this car brown color is combined with the yellow Karelian birch and orange lights. The combination of textures is also well-designed: the crocodile leather has a lozenge texture and covers the seats, doors, the dash, and the floor and the ceiling. The quilted leather Nappa decorates luggage compartment and the special equipment is now hidden under the panel. It’s obvious that a huge amount of work was done. We also should note that all former silver and chrome surfaces are now covered with pure gold.
This car is a real image of strength, power and success.