The autocratic ruler of a small sultanate has the largest car collection in the world. His collection also includes exclusive one-off rarities, including an extended range rover with a luxurious interior, several televisions and even a VHS player, which is completely unknown to most members of Generation Z.
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah is the practically unlimited ruler of a small sultanate that is spread over the island of Borneo. With an area of 5,765 km2, it roughly corresponds to the Moravian-Silesian region, with a population of around 460,000. Bolkiah has been tightening the screws in recent years as he has gradually turned the country into a heavily autocratic establishment with an emphasis on the Sunni branch of Islam, a slight relief given that per capita Brunei is the ninth richest country in the world in terms of GDP. Money can be seen not only on the streets, but also on the sultan’s monstrous 1,788-room palace and his car collection. It has approximately 7,000 pieces worth around 5,000,000,000 dollars or 115 billion crowns.
Bolkiah and his brother Jefri have in their collection, for example, ten of the total 106 produced McLaren F1s, they are the biggest owners of Koenigsegg cars, they can enjoy as many as eleven Ferrari F40s, about five hundred Rolls-Royces and other automotive delicacies, some of which have unusual bodies (for example Ferrari 456 GT in station wagon and sedan versions). However, you can also purchase one of the many custom-made buildings from the Sultan’s collection.
For sale is a modified Range Rover Vogue LSE from 1994, which Townley Cross Country Vehicles stretched by a meter and added a third pair of doors. The ruler originally gave this car to his brother, but it was also ridden by Mike Tyson, who used the British luxury off-road in June 2000 to travel to Hampden Park in Glasgow for a fight against Lou Savares.
The black limousine has luxurious equipment, but the price of the mid-nineties. Instead of TVs with OLED screens, you will find small CRT cabinets inside. Connecting to the Internet is, of course, passé. Instead, you can play your favorite VHS movies or rediscover your rather dusty “CD” collection.
A nine-month rebuild 29 years ago cost a staggering 135,000 pounds, but today you can have a black range rover for 30,000 to 40,000 pounds, which is roughly 850,000 to 1.13 million crowns.