We've seen some rather unfortunately garish chrome-jobs in our day, and yes, some have even ladled on the shiny stuff in gold. Many of those have also been Mercedes-Benz vehicles. But while we've come to expect that kind of bling from owners with cash coming out of their Ferragamo shoes, we didn't expect the same treatment to be carried out by Mercedes-Benz itself on its own vehicles.
By and large we're not big fans of the full-on chrome-finish treatment here at Autoblog. Most of us lean more toward matte than mirrored. But some cars wear the garish look well. Like a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, for example. A Buick Regal? Less so.
What separates an old car from a classic? In many cases, not a lot. Beautiful sheet metal, a legendary powertrain or world-class performance could make a world of difference, and so can attention to detail.
Redefining the term "enough is enough", the owner of this car is said to have had his SLR gold-chromed. The strangest part is that, according to reports, this is actually the same Mercedes SLR McLaren that was previously spied in Dubai with a silver-chrome treatment. We're not sure about the accuracy of this model considering it has a different rear spoiler, different wheels (which have also been gold-chromed) and darker taillight frame like those on later versions of the Anglo-Saxon supercar, n
At last year's Santa Monica Alt Car Expo, we discovered the chrome emblems from Third Planet Energy and one of our readers, GreyFlcn, had a little fun with the "greenness" of the words. A little snark didn't set TPE back any, and the company has not set up a bit of a presence on eBay, with a new eBay blog (there are blogs on eBay now?) and a dozen or so items, including the chrome emblems, for sale on the auction site. TPE also sells practical items, like fuel filters for all you DIY biodiesel m
Third Planet Energy's booth at the Santa Monica Alt Car Expo caught my eye. Which is exactly what the folks there intended. In fact, Third Planet Energy's whole goal is to allow you to catch other people's eyes, through the use of chrome emblems that will upgrade your car's back end to identify just what kind of powertrain you're running in that thing. All electric? VegOil? Hybrid? CNG? Biodiesel? All these emblems and more are available, as you can see in the gallery photos.
The paint shop is one of the least environmentally friendly divisions of any auto production plant. Work is being done however to reduce the impact of the painting process in producing new vehicles such as the announcement by Ford that they will partner with Henkel Corporation to produce the automotive industry's first production vehicle with a non-phosphate conversion coating process. The new multi-metal pretreatment conversion coating process, called Bonderite, streamlines the vehicle assembly