Carlsson is proud to present a truly extraordinary supermodel at the Geneva Motor Show: the Carlsson CS50 Versailles based on the new S-Class, and specifically developed for China's ultra-wealthy 'Taipan' clients; the new 'royalty' of the Middle Kingdom.
Resplendent in pure gold inside and out, more than 10 of these 25 limited edition cars have already been allocated to existing Carlsson clients, even before its official unveiling.
"The best in a different way." - The Carlsson CS50 Versailles was developed with this motto in mind.
Superlative traditional craftsmanship is the cornerstone of this glittering limited edition model. At Versailles, near Paris, King Louis XIV (1638-1715), also known as Louis The Great, or the Sun King, transformed his chateau into a magnificent fairy tale palace. More than 300 years on, the spectacular Carlsson Versailles has been created, with similar care and attention to detail, by Carlsson's master craftsmen.
In a process taking over 200 man-hours, the bodywork of the Carlsson Versailles is adorned with more than 1,000 sheets of wafer-thin gold leaf. A special Squirrel hairbrush is used to absorb these 80 x 80 mm gold leaves, and place them on the suitably prepared surface in an irregular laying pattern known as a Roman Association. This is merely the start of an elaborate process taking more than 14 days, during which the bespoke clear-coat undergoes its labour intensive application, drying and sealing to ensure a unique and perfect finish whose practicality and durability is comparable to that of conventional paint.