The Sultan of Brunei's 5,000-strong car collection will blow your mind

Sultan of Brunei car collection
The Sultan of Brunei has one of the biggest and most impressive, if not the biggest, car collection in the world. It allegedly includes, or at one time included, about 5,000 cars. Pictures scanned and turned into a video give us a rare peek into this amazing collection that’s hidden from the world in a nation smaller than the state of Delaware.

The staff keeping an eye on the collection is instructed to not let anyone in without the Sultan’s approval, and the lucky precious few allowed to meander around are usually banned from taking pictures. We don’t know how the photographer who compiled the video got in, but the photos he brought back are breathtaking. The Sultan’s garage includes not one, not two, but nine examples of the McLaren F1, including a rare and highly sought-after limited-edition GTR model.

Do you like Bugattis? He’s got at least three, all of which are the 110EB model from the 1990s. He might have added a Chiron or a Veyron to his collection, too; he’s not the kind to brag about his newest toy on a forum or at Cars and Coffee. His collection also includes 18 Acura NSXs, over 300 Ferraris, 20 Koenigseggs, and 600 Rolls-Royces. In fact, during the 1990s about half of Rolls-Royce’s production allegedly went to the Sultan or his family, and it sounds like not a single one was sold thereafter.

The video also shows a few rare, one-of-a-kind creations you’ll never seen elsewhere. Many assume Bentley’s very first SUV was the Bentayga, but the company designed an off-roader named Dominator in the early 1990s and built approximately six examples of it. The model was commissioned by the Sultan of Brunei, meaning he paid for everything from the design sketches to the development work to production. Of course, he bought all six examples.

As Motor Authority accurately points out, the Sultan’s brother was investigated for fraud several years ago, and some of the cars were allegedly listed for sale by a company based in New Zealand. The pictures in the video were taken in 1999, when there were over 5,000 cars in the collection and most of them were still in tip-top shape even though they hadn’t been driven in years.

How many cars are left in the Sultan’s collection today and what shape they’re in is a mystery.


Can electric motors finally make three-wheeled cars great?

Every few years, someone tries to sell a three-wheeled vehicle to Americans. Historically, it hasn’t gone very well. We’ve got our suspicions about why people don’t buy trikes, and they boil down to this: a trike is just not a real…

Someone just paid supercar money for the very first 2020 Toyota Supra

The 2020 Toyota Supra made its long-awaited debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The resurrected sports car, famous for a role in The Fast and the Furious, goes on sale in the U.S. this summer.

Lyft and Aptiv’s self-driving car program has come a long way (but not far enough)

Many companies talk about self-driving cars, but Lyft and Aptiv are already using a fleet of them to transport paying customers in Las Vegas. Hop in for a close look at the tech of autonomous cars, and the challenges they face.

Muscle cars, trucks, and EVs roared into the subdued 2019 Detroit Auto Show

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show was the quietest edition of the event in recent memory, but that doesn't mean nothing significant happened inside the Cobo Center. Here are the new cars and concepts we saw at the show.

Driving Daimler’s 40-ton eCascadia big rig isn’t just fun, it’s electrifying

Daimler Trucks brought its all-electric eCascadia semi-truck to the 2019 CES, and invited us to take the wheel. What does it feel like to drive one? Simply electrifying, of course.

Tesla cuts workforce by 7 percent, ends referral program to trim costs

Tesla has announced plans to trim its workforce by seven percent, and it will end the referral program that rewards customers who help it sell cars. These measures are ways to cut costs and boost profits.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Worried about commuting in winter weather? Nissan has the answer

The Nissan Altima midsize sedan is now available with all-wheel drive. To advertise that fact, Nissan's Canadian division slapped some tank-like tracks on an Altima to create a one-off show car.
Emerging Tech

Too buzzed to drive? Don’t worry — this autonomous car-bar will drive to you

It might just be the best or worst idea that we've ever heard: A self-driving robot bartender you can summon with an app, which promises to mix you the perfect drink wherever you happen to be.

Michigan OKs digital license plates with Rplate’s connected car platform

The state of Michigan approved the use of digital license plates on motor vehicles registered in the state. Reviver Auto, the manufacturer of the Rplate connected car platform, worked with Michigan's Department of State to pass the bill.

This Chevy Silverado pickup truck is made from more than 300,000 Lego bricks

To promote The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Lego and Chevrolet teamed up on a life-size replica of the automaker's Silverado pickup truck made from more than 300,000 plastic bricks.

Prices for using Tesla Supercharging just skyrocketed

Tesla is updating their Supercharging pricing based on local electricity rates and customer demand, which has lead to an increase in charging costs by as much as 33 percent in some regions.

Is Uber planning to put its self-driving tech into bikes and scooters?

Uber reportedly has its eye on building autonomous electric bikes and scooters that ride to a user when summoned by an app. The technology could also be used to make its two-wheelers safer with obstacle avoidance systems.

Lincoln’s stately, limited-edition flagship sedan sells out in a month

The 1961 Lincoln Continental became a design icon thanks to center-opening "coach doors" (also known as "suicide doors"). Lincoln is bringing those doors back for a special edition of the 2019 Continental.