Mercedes CLS Shark II - Owned by Matthew A. Snider


For over 20 years, my father and I have pushed the boundaries when it comes to custom exotic cars.  My first whip, a 1968 Camaro, with a big block and a 100 shot of Nitrous led to tricking out Range Rovers, Lamborghinis, Benzos, BMWs, Vipers, etc.  Basically, everything hot at the time.

This brings us to the story of the Shark, which started over a year and a half ago.  We were looking to build a Mercedes CLS show car that could not be duplicated in any way.  We loved the look of the Maybach Excelero and the Bugatti Veyron.  Both cars have an extreme-looking front grill, and the bodies have a two-tone paint scheme.  ASMA DESIGNS, a custom fabrication company in Germany, built the body pieces we needed and shipped them to us.

We then bought a black CLS and went to town.  True Performance did a complete rebuild of the car and full body two-tone paint job.  Of course, not many normal people buy an $89,000 car to tear it apart and repaint it, but we're not most people. Brice at the Wheel Medic did the rims, tires, brakes and custom exhaust.  The 3M Mylar clear bra took Dave at Automotive Appearance Pros a week to cut by hand in order to give the front end the protection it required.   AAP also did the window tint.

So after months of hard work and a TON of money spent, the Shark was born.  The final product is a one-of-a-kind Mercedes Benz that is a true head-turner.  I’ve yet to meet a person who is not impressed with the strong lines of the Shark’s body and the “Darth Vader” look it has coming down the road.