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A Newspaper Trolled Gold Saudi Supercars With Wrapping Paper

London is starting to see the first arrivals of its annual influx of supercars from the Middle East, now a well-established tradition over the spring and summer months. The Sun newspaper decided to have some fun.

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Two writers who work for The Sun, Lee Price and Jacob Lewis, claimed credit for the stunt on Wednesday afternoon.

Here's me wrapping a Ford Ka with @JacobWLewis for @TheSun japes.

If you've been out and about in the posher districts of west London this week, you may have spotted some very expensive cars on the roads.

From left: A Mclaren P1, a Lamborghini Huracan, and a Lamborghini Aventador, all spotted in London this week

In particular, this fleet of gold supercars, seen here on Wednesday in Cadogan Place in Knightsbridge – all with parking tickets – have been turning heads.

They are a 6x6 Mercedes G 63, which sells for about £370,000, a Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe, which retails at £313,000, and a Lamborghini Aventador, worth about £260,000 new. That's not including the cost of covering the cars in gold vinyl or the price of getting the cars from the Middle East to London, via specially adapted planes.

Rupert Richmond-Dodd took this picture of the Ka and wrote on Facebook's Shit London page: "Trying to blend into the Knightsbridge scene isn't easy."

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The real gold cars are the prized possessions of Saudi billionaire Turki bin Abdullah, just one one of the many young, rich Middle Eastern men who travel to London for the summer, along with their supercars.

Instagram: @turkiabdullah777

Middle Eastern supercars have become such a feature of London life between April and August that car-spotters turn up to see which models will appear.

And so many residents complained about the noise these cars made in summer 2015 that in November last year Westminster council introduced a controlled zone surrounding Knightsbridge where drivers are banned from loudly revving their engines, racing, "repeated sudden or rapid acceleration", and playing loud music.

Drivers caught doing any of these could face a £100 on-the-spot fine or a £1,000 fine if convicted at a magistrates court – an amount that, presumably, the average supercar owner wouldn't lose much sleep over.

CORRECTION

Rupert Richmond-Dodd took the picture of the Ford Ka. A previous version of this post said he was the owner – he told BuzzFeed News he doesn't know who the owner is.

Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Patrick Smith at patrick.smith@buzzfeed.com.

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