Real estate businessman Sachin Khese is now used to people staring at his car as he drives through the narrow and crowded Pune roads. A Rs 2 lakh gold wrap treatment has turned the staid black colour of his Jaguar XF into a glittering gold that makes heads turn wherever he goes.
Twenty-eight-year old Khese, however, said he did not get his car gold-wrapped to grab attention. Instead, it was done on an astrologerâ€™s advice to ward off bad luck, he said. The Jaguar is one of the 12 luxury vehicles in Kheseâ€™s garage. â€œI bought my first car in 2007-08. As my business grew, I started buying luxury cars and now I have a Mercedes S class (priced over Rs 1 crore) and a Range Rover (priced Rs 2 crore) among others,â€ he said.
Khese bought the Jaguar in October 2014 for Rs 63 lakh. However, he was not able to shake off warnings by his astrologers against buying a black vehicle. â€œThree months back, during a visit to a car accessories shop, I said I intended to sell the car. Thatâ€™s when the designer there asked me to try the gold wrap treatment. At first I wanted a steel finish wrap, but the shopkeeper convinced me to try the golden wrap,â€ he said.
Khese said gold wrapping of vehicles is common in the Middle East, but his might be the first such vehicle in Pune. Khese said he avoids making a show of it. He has not shared any picture of the car on the social media, he said.
Kheseâ€™s family is known for its wealth and political connections. His uncle Pandurang Khese was chairman of the Pune Market Committee and a cooperative sugar mill. Closely connected with the NCP, the family has substantial land holdings in the area.