Chameleon Car Company was basically a carstore for the super rich; they sold cars from high-end factory (Mercedes S-class, 600 Grosser Benz, etc) but also had custom cars made, either at their own instance to draw customers or built to customer specifications when asked. Anything from various 1000SEL-type conversions, to the outrageous looking Daytona (500SEC or 500SEL) and Typhoon (500SEC) and stretched variations of both Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz S-class.

The company had it's shop at Park Lane in London and was active in the late 1970s and early to mid-1980s. The company was founded in 1976 by Mike Lahav, a man with a history in finance, but who early on noticed the upcoming demand for customized luxury cars.


The Park Lane Chameleon shop in around 1983.


A nice collection of the Chameleon 1983 portfolio: a 1000SEL Tornado (Mercedes 500SEL), a Typhoon (Mercedes 500SEC), a 190E Cyclone (Mercedes 190E), a stretched Range Rover, a 500SEL Stretch limousine and a GMC Jimmy monstertruck.



Text: copyright Bram Corts


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