Car Sighting – His Majesty The Sultan’s Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen

Posted: 27 April 2013 by SchwarzeMitternacht in CarTok

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Yep. Exactly as the headline says. This is His Majesty The Sultan of Brunei’s personal Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen. Not just any ordinary G-Wagen though. As you can see from the pic, it has massive AMG rims, a very cool (or should I say hot?) side exhaust system, and V8 Kompressor badges on its flanks. Oh, and matte, yet expensive looking, black paint. Yes, ladies & gentlemen, it’s a G55 AMG.

*Model = Flank badges: G55 = V8 Kompressor,  early G63 = 6.3, current G63 = V8 Biturbo, G65 = V12 Biturbo. Or, you know, just look at the model name on the car’s back door.

A little bit of context:

To non-Bruneians and/or those who are unfamiliar with Brunei’s culture and norms, His Majesty The Sultan of Brunei (referred to by Bruneians as HM) goes to different mosques around the country every week for Friday prayers (Brunei is an Islamic Monarchy after all). He does this to see the current welfare of his people, and how all the development projects being done in the country are progressing. As far as I know His Majesty the Sultan go to these mosques in a random order, and arrives  for Friday prayers unannounced. This pic was taken at my local mosque, located near Brunei International Airport.

Until rather recently, the Sultan drives around in an early model Mercedes ML55 AMG in metallic black. Now though he seems to enjoy driving around in this tough, matte black G-Wagen. I think this suits him better.

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As you can imagine, it is a rare opportunity for anyone living in any country to see and greet their country’s leader/ruler. As such, both locals and foreign nationals take this chance to at least catch a glimpse of His Majesty the Sultan. They were making the most of the opportunity by going to ‘ziarah’ (meet and greet) with the Sultan and his sons. Indeed during times such as these, some people may in fact air their grievances to His Majesty the Sultan. I have not seen such actions being done personally, it doesn’t seem to be too far a stretch of the imagination. His Majesty the Sultan does listen, Bruneians can attest to that.

In all of these pictures, you can see crowds were forming from the main entrance/exit of the mosque all the way to the car. Thus it was pretty much impossible to get a ‘clear’ picture of the car i.e. a picture with no one between me and the car.

Whereas most people were taking pics and videos of the Sultan, there I was taking pics of the G-Wagen. Let’s just say some people were amused (or should that be bemused?) by my actions.

In the end though, one phrase came up to me when I was looking at the G-Wagen, especially since it is my country’s ruler’s preferred choice of transport:

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