Latvian super-luxe SUV manufacturer Dartz has proven time and again money can’t buy taste. Now it wants to prove that maxim applies even if the money is cryptocurrency.
Yes, the firm’s new Mercedes-AMG GLS 63-based Black Alligator will make Dartz the first automaker ever to offer its customers the chance to buy the vehicle of their garish dreams using digital cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum.
It’s a rather forward move for a company that says it can trace its roots way back to 1869, when it built its first wagon for a Russian czar’s family. It customized its first car for another czar in 1912, and as you can see from the photo above, things have only gotten, uh, classier since then.
Cryptocurrency is a controversial topic in the world of finance. It’s illegal in some places and legal in others, but in the United States, for example, it’s treated as property and therefore subject to capital gains tax.
In the case of the Black Alligator, you’ll need enough of your virtual currency of choice to equal $1,000,000 USD, based on the exchange rate of the day.
Cryptocurrency recently made the news after a hacker broke into an exchange that deals in Bitcoin and Ethereum and got away with an as-yet-undetermined amount of funds. And experts think the cryptocurrency bubble may have popped, as values have dropped notably in recent weeks.
In other words, it sounds like the perfect way to buy a gold-plated SUV from a Latvian company that boasts it’s been the choice purveyor of bulletproof opulence to “czars, generals and dictators” for nearly as long as Canada has been a country.