Despite the fact that in today’s world the monarchy survived only a few dozen countries, the concept of the “royal ride” is still relevant. True, horses and carriages long replaced the four-wheeled vehicles, among which there are truly unique specimens. So, Prince Charles has eco convertible Aston Martin, the motor is running on bioethanol (for monarch’s auto it is produced from recycled wine). But the Sultan of Brunei overtakes many of its colleagues by sheer number: the garage of Hadji Bolkiah is legendary, and the number of machines in it in the… thousands. Among other things, the Sultan has a unique concept Ferrari Mythos, SUVs Bentley Dominator, and a collection of racing cars of Formula 1. Garages other monarchs a bit the more modest, but they, too, have something to show. Let’s see on some machines royal families drive.
Jordan’s King Abdullah II – Mercedes-Benz 300SL
The royal family of Jordan for their trips among other uses real retro car – Mercedes 300SL. It is the first post-war sports car of the German automaker produced, the commercial version of which had been shown to the public at the New York Auto Show 1954. The car brought fame to the Daimler, and among its buyers were celebrities such as Sophia Loren, Pablo Picasso, Elvis Presley, as well as King Hussein of Jordan I. The monarch was a passionate car enthusiast. Mercedes 300 SL was the first ever production car equipped with engines with direct injection. And besides that, among the “civilian” cars on both sides of the Atlantic Mercedes 300SL was to stay and be the fastest.
Queen Margrethe – Rolls Royce Silver Wraith 1958 issue
Queen Margrethe – the Danish monarch with 40 years of experience, as well as the owner of about 50 cars. One of the flagships of the garage Her Majesty is a vintage Rolls Royce Silver Wraith 1958 release: in that year there had been only 25 similar vehicles produced. The car was purchased by Margrethe father – King Frederik IX – especially for official visits, as well as for meeting important guests. For the same purpose it is used today. Despite its solid dimensions, Rolls Royce Silver Wraith is a fast car even by today’s standards. Thanks to a 4.8-liter engine the car can accelerate to 190 km / h. By the way, to recognize on the road the car Danish queen very simple. First, instead of license plate her car caries the image of the crown, and second, by protocol Her Majesty should be in the car… alone.
King Juan Carlos I – Mercedes-Benz G4 1939 issue
King Juan Carlos I is known for his love of a good car. And behind the wheel of some of them he does not shy to drive himself. Monarch is repeatedly fined for speeding, and in 1990, driving his Porsche, he even had an accident. The exact number of cars in the garage king is unknown, but there are at least a few dozen of very rare specimens. One of them – a very rare three-axle Mercedes-Benz G4 1939 edition, which was restored several years ago at the request of the monarch. There are only three such machines in the world and his copy belonged to General Juan Carlos Franco, who received a car as a gift from Hitler himself. Mercedes-Benz G4 was manufactured in the 30s of the last century and was a heavy SUV with the open top.
The emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani – Pagani Zonda Uno
Eastern monarchs are famous for their collections of machines. Of course, the Emir of Qatar, is far from the Sultan of Brunei, but, nevertheless, he also has the rare instances of vehicles. One of them – the exclusive sports car Pagani Zonda Uno. Pagani Automobili SpA built just one such carbon fiber supercar, specially for the Emir. Sports coupe with an engine capacity of 7.3 liters and 690 hp made entirely of carbon fiber and can accelerate to speeds of over 300 km / h In addition; the sports car is painted in turquoise color, which is the brand name for all vehicles of the royal family of Qatar.
Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz – BMW M5 E60
A car of 88 year old King of Saudi Arabia Abdullah bins Abdul Aziz – one of the fastest royal cars. To “tune” royal car was in trusted to the German car studio Lumma, which has more than 20 years experience in tuning luxury vehicles. Monarch’s sedan, after “visiting” the Lumma studio, turned into a real sports car, which is made of carbon fiber. The running speed of the car is 367 km / h, and accelerates to a hundred in 4.2 seconds.
Prince of Monaco Albert II – Lexus LS 600h L
Prince Albert II of Monaco is known for paying attention to the protection of the environment, so the car he chose eco-friendly. On the day of his wedding to Charlene Uittstok prince and his lover drove through the streets of Monaco on the hybrid Lexus LS 600h L. Most of the trip was set in motion by an electric motor, which allowed negate emissions. Lexus LS 600h L was developed for the prince on an individual project: for it was even picked up a special eco-friendly water-based paint, which is applied by hand. In addition, the car was also equipped with a special transparent roof. Wedding Lexus – is not the only car of this brand in the garage of Albert II.
Mandatasin jade, grandson of the Maharaja of Rajkot – Rolls Royce Star of India 1934 issue
Two years ago the news agencies had spread the news that the exclusive Rolls Royce Star of India, 1934 production, was sold for a record low of $ 850 000, although it was forecasted that the transaction should be one of the highest in history. “Happy Shopper” of rarity car was Mandatasin Jade – grandson of Maharaja Rajkot, for whom it was created by this car. A distinctive feature of the “Star of India” was its color: Rolls Royce was painted dark orange paint mixed with ocher – a shade in India symbolizes the pristine purity. And on the door of the car is a monogram, indicate the following: “The first duty of the ruler – to serve its citizens.”
King Carl XVI Gustaf – Volvo C30
In April 2011, during an official visit to Sweden, Vladimir Putin met with King Carl XVI Gustaf. The King came to the meeting at the wheel of a humble Volvo C30. Of course, the hatchback Swedish production is not the only vehicle in the garage of Carl XVI Gustaf. But in recent times the King is under the influence of the public opinion that is calling monarch think about protecting the environment. Until then, Carl XVI Gustaf drove to a much more powerful Ford Mustang, Porsche 911 Carrera and Ferrari 456. It should be noted that for getting around the city he is not using the Swedish king flashers, and during his passage police is not blocking the road. Instead, the king stands in a traffic jam on a par with his subjects.
Emperor Akihito of Japan – Toyota Century Royal
In 2006, Emperor Akihito and his wife Michiko decided to change their car Nissan Prince Royal, who served them for 30 years. The new vehicle they selected was also made in Japan, but this time it was a Toyota. Imperial Century Royal limousine was created as an individual project. Vehicle equipped with a 5-liter engine producing 350 hp and strong armor. The highlight of the interior limousine special steel shutters on the windows made of rice paper, as well as the ceiling in the style of Japanese shoji screens. It is easy to recognize Imperial Toyota on the road: it is the only machine in the country, which moves without license plates. Instead, the vehicle is decorated with gilded image of chrysanthemums, which is the official emblem of the imperial household.
Queen Elizabeth II – Bentley Arnage Red Label
On the 50th anniversary of the visit of Queen Elizabeth II being on the throne, the Bentley, presented as a gift to her the Arnage Red Label. But do not think that this is a modest bottle of whiskey. So was named a luxury limousine, the body of which is painted in the noble red-burgundy color. To create such a “bottle” of the car and its manual assembly took almost two years. Royal Bentley Arnage Red Label is equipped with 6.75-liter engine with 400 hp, which enables the car to accelerate to 210 km / h. The machine can run on liquid gas, which substantially reduced emissions. The first official rideof Elizabeth II and her husband, Duke of Edinburgh on the Bentley Arnage Red Label was held July 4, 2002.