The $52,000 golf cart

The Garia Soleil de Minuit golf cart is heralded as "the most expensive golf cart ever made by a manufacturer."

Garia Soleil de Minuit
At $52,000, the Garia Soleil de Minuit is the worlds most expensive golf cart. Garia

Mini fridge
A built-in refrigerator is, believe it or not, one of the most docile features of the Soleil. Garia

We really wish that we could say that this was an April Fools' joke, but it's not. The Garia Soleil de Minuit golf cart is an actual product, heralded as "the most expensive golf cart ever made by a manufacturer."

The Soleil de Minuit is based on the already pricey Garia golf cart (MSRP $17,499), a luxury cart built in the same factory as the Porsche Cayman and Boxter using aluminum frame made by the same company that supplies Aston Martin and Jaguar. The Garia features an F1 inspired suspension and a drive train built by the Italian producer of Ducati gearboxes. All of this in a golf cart. Talk about serious hype pedigree.

It gets better with the Soleil de Minuit edition, which takes excess to new heights with an alcantara-lined carbon-fiber roof, custom paint and hand-stitched seats, a set of sweet looking split spoke wheels, and a built-in refrigerator. Add it all up with taxes and delivery fees and you end up with a golf cart that will cost you $52,000 when it is revealed in Monaco later this month.

We're sure that for at least one guy (who's probably named Thurston), owning a the world's most expensive golf cart carries a certain cachet. But for that amount of cash, you could be schlepping your clubs down the fairway in a nicely appointed Audi Q5. And just before you're kicked out of the country club for driving a luxury SUV over the pristine greenery, you'd probably realize that it's a lot more fun, too.

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