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Jack Abramoff's BMW

From the description, I think it's the one here http://www.aidesign.com/home.html (click 'more' then #18) which appears as a "2003 BMW 745Li" not a 2002 as in the article below. But the description and photos match perfectly.

March 10, 2006
Jack Abramoff's Car
How a Big Wheel Outfitted Four of Them

WASHINGTON, March 9 — When the money was rolling in, Jack Abramoff certainly knew how to spend it.

During his heyday as one of Washington's top lobbyists, Mr. Abramoff made millions of dollars, traveled the world and routinely feted lawmakers and luminaries at his Pennsylvania Avenue restaurant. But one of his most conspicuous indulgences was his 2002 BMW, fully loaded with more than $48,000 worth of custom work.

The 745Li sedan was customized by Ai Design of Tuckahoe, N.Y., as a sort of mobile office for Mr. Abramoff, who at one time had a driver for it so he could accommodate a heavy workload. Invoices offer a look inside the tinted windows, a $450 addition that was the cheapest part of the job.

Mr. Abramoff spent $19,995 for a "custom-built, 15.2-inch-wide screen and manual flip-down video monitor," an invoice says.

"Monitor includes built-in cordless headphone transmitters" it says, adding, "Monitor is capable of displaying DVD, Game and Computer graphics/video signals."

For $7,390, he added a hands-free cellphone system, with a special antenna amplifier to boost the signal, and a docking station for his laptop built into the back of the right front seat. The system was configured to use the overhead screen and could take commands from a wireless keyboard.

Mr. Abramoff also paid $6,495 for seat-back tables.

"These handmade tables are duplicate versions of vintage Rolls-Royce designs," the invoice says. "Perfect for children or mobile office applications."

While DVD players are now common in cars, Mr. Abramoff's was set into a custom-made console trimmed in wood veneer and leather. The price for player and console, installed, was $4,495.

To evade police speed traps, the car was equipped with a radar detector designed to perform over hills, around corners and across distances of several miles. The unit was "mounted and etched into rearview mirror" and was augmented by a pair of "laser diffusers" in front and back to avoid detection further.

A spokesman for Mr. Abramoff, whose friends and colleagues say he now has financial problems, declined to say whether he still had the car.

The former lobbyist is to be sentenced on March 29 in a South Florida fraud case. He has also pleaded guilty to corruption-related charges in Washington.
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There is a very valuable lesson to be learned here. Namely, stay the f*ck away from Ai Design of Tuckahoe, N.Y. All very common mod's at a ridiculously high price. The bigger they come the harder they fall.

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