10 Cars In The Sultan Of Brunei’s Collection You’ll Never See In Real Life

Some of the vehicles in the Sultan of Brunei’s private collection are so exclusive and rare that it’s unlikely you will ever see them on public roads.

While car collecting is a hobby many enthusiasts enjoy, the wealthy takes it to a whole new level many can only dream about. Thanks to their seemingly unlimited resources, famous and wealthy car collectors have been able to amass some of the rarest, most exotic, and most valuable cars in existence that turn their garages into treasure troves. There are many famous car collectors throughout automotive history, from actors and musicians to business magnates and royalty. Most car enthusiasts know about Jay Leno, Ralph Lauren, and Jerry Seinfeld and their impressive collections. But none of these is as remarkable as the Sultan of Brunei’s collection.

Updated July 2023: Brunei’s leader, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, is one of the wealthiest men on earth. And his elite status is also fittingly reflected in his taste for ultra-expensive and exclusive cars. Here, we’ve provided more information on some of the rarest and most prestigious vehicles owned by the Sultan.

The 29th Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, is one of the wealthiest people thanks to the country’s abundant oil and gas resources. He also leads an extravagant lifestyle and reportedly owns a car collection with over 7,000 cars valued at approximately $5 billion. Some of the vehicles in the Sultan’s collection are so exclusive and rare that you’ll never see them on public roads. Here are a few examples of these elusive luxury cars.

Note: We’ve used information from numerous sources, including BentleyBusiness Insider, and Autocar in compiling this list

10. Bentley Buccaneer

The Bentley Buccaneer is a swooping GT coupe commissioned by the Sultan of Brunei during his peak car-buying days in the ’90s. The car is so rare that it isn’t even listed on Bentley’s official website, making it one of a handful of Bentleys only a few diehard gearheads know about.

Bentley Buccaneer Specs

Engine6.75-liter turbocharged V8
Power570 hp
Body StyleCoupe
LayoutFront engine
Platform“ZH” platform

There isn’t much on the car’s specifications or how many copies Bentley built for the Sultan. Many believe there are six examples, and they are some of his favorite cars. Under the hood, the custom-made, front-engined 2+2 sports coupé has a 6.75-liter turbocharged V8 engine and rides on a unique “ZH” chassis. The handcrafted engine is Bentley’s longest-serving V8, having been in production for 61 years. It reportedly makes 570 hp in the Buccaneer.

9. Ferrari F50 Bolide

In 1996, the Sultan of Brunei commissioned a personalized version of the iconic Ferrari F50, dubbed the Bolide. It borrowed the chassis and V12 engine of Ferrari’s F1 car, but they entirely redesigned the body due to the F50’s monocoque construction.

Ferrari F50 Bolide Specs

Engine4.7-liter V12 engine
Power520 hp
Torque347 lb-ft
0-60 MPH3.7 seconds
Top Speed202 mph
Gearbox6-speed manual transmission
Body StyleCoupe
LayoutMid-engine, RWD

The coupe-styled F50 Bolide is a one-off Ferrari, and there are scarce images on the internet and no verified performance data available. However, some sources indicate the car makes up to 520 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque. That much power means the F50 could sprint to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 202 mph. Regardless, you can rest assured you’ll never see it on a public road near you.

8. BMW Nazca M12

Giorgetto Guigiaro of Italdesign has designed several iconic cars like the Lotus Esprit and Lancia Delta. In 1991, he styled the BMW Nazca M12 concept car with a unique and striking design featuring a round greenhouse, split doors, and mirror-finish tint, making it impossible to see the occupant or interior.

BMW Nazca M12 Specs

Engine5.7-liter V12
Power380 hp
Gearbox5-speed manual transmission
LayoutMid-engine, RWD
Body StyleCoupe

Under the hood, the M12 features a 5.7-liter V12 engine making 380 horsepower. The car never reached regular production, but Italdesign built a version for the Sultan of Brunei and his brother Prince Jefri Bolkiah, and it now graces the Sultan of Brunei’s garage.

7. Bentley Dominator

While Bentley only recently entered the trendy SUV market with the Bentley Bentayga, it wasn’t the first-ever Bentley SUV. In the 1990s, the Sultan of Brunei commissioned the carmaker, to build the Dominator, a custom-built luxury SUV for the royal family.

The British marque built six Dominators for the Sultan as part of the unique project, which kept Bentley from bankruptcy. Each Dominator costs about $4.6 million.

Bentley Dominator Specs

Unfortunately, not much is publicly known about the Bentley Dominator’s specifications, as the automaker did not release any information about the SUV. However, considering Bentley based the Dominator on a P38A-generation Range Rover, it is likely to use the Range Rover’s 3.9-liter V8 engine. It’s either that or Bentley’s celebrated 6.75-liter V8.

6. Cizeta V16T

Cizeta Automobili was an Italian boutique car manufacturer founded in 1988 by Claudio Zampolli, a Lamborghini driver and automotive engineer, and the record producer Giorgio Moroder. The brand has only one car to its name, the Citeza V16T, which is one of the few performance cars with a V16 engine.

Cizeta V16T Specs

Engine6.0 liter V16 engine
Power550 hp
Torque400 lb-ft
0-60 MPH3.9 seconds
Top Speed204 mph
Transmission5-speed manual
Body StyleCoupe
LayoutRear mid-engine, RWD

The car strikingly resembles the Lamborghini Diablo with its sharp edges and wedge-shaped profile, and it’s no coincidence since they share a designer in Marcello Gandini. There are less than 20 examples built, and the Sultan of Brunei owns two, according to Business Insider.

5. Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale

In 1988, Pininfarina built the Sultan of Brunei one of his many custom one-offs, the Testrarossa-based F90 Speciale. It borrowed all the internals of the Ferrari Testarossa, including the chassis and engine, but Pininfarina custom-built the entire body, only borrowing wheels and mirrors from the donor car.

Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale Specs

Engine4.9-liter flat-12 engine
Power390 hp
Torque361 lb-ft
Gearbox5-speed manual transmission
Body StyleCoupe
Drive TypeRWD

Under the hood, the Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale has a 4.9-liter flat-12 engine that generates 390 hp and 361 lb-ft. That output means the F90 Speciale could run to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds. The Sultan’s family received six examples, all built and tested, shrouded in secrecy. It took Ferrari until 2005, eighteen years later, to acknowledge the car’s existence.

4. Mercedes-Benz S73 T AMG Wagon

Sleeper wagons are some of the most fun vehicles ever built thanks to their unassuming looks, practicality, and the tons of power-packed under their hoods that will see them smoke your favorite sports car for breakfast. The Sultan of Brunei owns the most badass sleeper wagon ever built – the Mercedes-Benz S73 T AMG Wagon.

Mercedes-Benz S73 T AMG Wagon Specs

Engine7.3-liter M120 E73 V12 DOHC engine
Power573 hp
Torque546 lb-ft
Top Speed200+ mph
Gearbox5-speed automatic transmission
Body StyleStation Wagon
LayoutFront engine, RWD

The S73 T AMG is a 573 hp (565 bhp) S-Class station wagon powered by a Pagani Zonda 7.3-liter V12 and can hit over 200 mph.

3. Bentley Java

The Sultan of Brunei clearly loves his specially built Bentleys with the Bentley Java appearing as the third on the list. The British marque was experimenting in the early ’90s trying to spice up its lineup, and in 1994, they unveiled the Java as a concept car with more modern styling than they had ever built.

Bentley Java Specs

Engine3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8
Power345 hp
0-60 MPH5.6 seconds
Top Speed155 mph
Drive TypeRWD
Gearbox4-speed automatic transmission

The Bentley Java was to remain a concept car, but they eventually built 18 production models, most of which ended up with the Sultan’s family. The coupe features a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V8 that generates around 345 hp, allowing it to sprint to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, according to Rolls-Royce’s projections for the concept.

2. Leblanc Mirabeau

In 2005, Swiss carmaker Leblanc released the Mirabeau, a super lightweight hypercar featuring a Koenigsegg V8.

Leblanc Mirabeau Specs

Engine4.7-liter V8 engine
Power710 hp
Torque627 lb-ft
0-60 MPH2.6 seconds
Top Speed212+ mph
LayoutRear mid-engine, RWD

It became the fastest production car in the world, with a zero to 60 mph acceleration in 2.6 seconds and over 212 mph top speed. The car should have elevated the Leblanc into big things, but its slow sales led to the outfit’s downfall. The Sultan of Brunei was among the few to splash $765,000 on a copy.

There isn’t a single photo of the Sultan’s car in public, and it’s unclear if he’s ever driven it.

1. Aston Martin AM3

The Aston Martin AM3 is yet another secret project, styled for the Sultan of Brunei by Pininfarina. It used an Aston Martin Vantage chassis and a supercharged 5.3-liter V8 engine. Pininfarina provided the Sultan with five different designs labeled from AM1 to AM5, and only the AM3 went into production with three examples built.

Aston Martin AM3 Specs

Not much is publicly known about the AM3 beyond its color and the fact that it has a supercharged 5.3-liter V8 engine. No one has ever seen the cars in public, and it’s likely to remain so. The only leaked images appeared while they were still at the Pininfarina factory, and the cars have probably been collecting dust in the Sultan’s garage.

Credits: Bryan Muchai / hotcars

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