Sultan of Brunei: His private automotive empire

Sultan of Brunei: His private automotive empire  
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on 07/26/2006

Dauer 962LMMercedes CLK GTRMcLaren's F1Ferrari FXBentley DominatorJaguar XJR-15Ferrari 550 Barchetta SpecialeFerrari Testarossa 'F90' SpecialeAston Martin AM3Aston Martin DB7 by PininfarinaBentley Java

Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, who has been the richest man in the world for many years, certainly has a fine way to spend his money. He owns around 5000 cars: the most expensive, the most beautiful, the most rare, the fastest, the unique...yes, he has them all. He keeps them in five big warehouse-garages. One visitor of the sultan's garage's once said: "It can take an hour and a half just to get a certain car out if it's been parked right at the back."

The cars are driven by the Sultan, members of his family, and also by the ministers of state, government officials and other members of the royal household.

His auto empire includes 350 Rolls-Royce cars, eight McLaren's F1, six Dauer 962 LMs, the only right-handed Mercedes CLK-GTR in the world, a Lamborghini Diablo Jota, two Jaguar XJR-15, numerous Ferraris, Mercedes, Jaguars, Porsches, Bentleys.

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Dauer 962 LM

In the past 15 years, Sultan has been a regular client for prestige car companies. For example, only Rolls-Royce provided 40-50 cars a year for his majesty and Aston Martin has sold over 300 cars during these years. His special interest are unique cars, such as Bentley Java and Bentley Dominator 4x4. His Aston Martin collection includes: Aston Martin AM3, Aston Martin DB7 by Pininfarina, Aston Martin V8 AM2 by Pininfarina. Six bullet-proof Rolls-Royce Phantoms are also in his possession.

Sultan has a number of unique and custom made cars made just for him. A Ferrari FX, actually six of them, featured the Flat 12 engine of the Ferrari Testarossa and a 7 speed sequential transmission from the Williams BMW Formula 1 team, is custom made for his royal highness. His Ferrari collection includes: Ferrari Testarossa F90, Ferrari F50 Bolide Tub by Pininfarina, Ferrari 550 Barchetta Speciale, Ferrari 456 GTA Venice Estate etc. The royal family also owns two fully operational Ferrari Mythos road cars.

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Ferrari FX

Sultan of Brunei is also interested in motor racing. He actually has a private museum of Formula one cars driven by the F1 champions since 1980, purchased from the F1 teams. He even has a Villeneuve's FW19, damaged by the collision with Michael Schumacher in 1997.

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Mercedes CLK GTR

His brother Prince Jefri, known as the Playboy Prince, used to 'help' him in choosing which and how many cars should they buy. Famous for his lavish lifestyle, besides his expensive and exotic cars, Jefri also has a 50 meter yacht called Tits which contained two lifeboats named Nipple 1 and Nipple 2. However, after 1998. and the Asian financial crisis when Prince Jefri lost billions of dollars and ended up in court against his big brother, massive car purchase was stopped, the mechanics were sent away, garages were locked and cars mothballed. But soon, Sultan has returned to his old habits. Surely we will here more of the magnificent cars in his private collection.

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