An AMG for the Sultan

AMG Mercedes-Benz Royal Family of BruneiOur friend Roy Spencer over at Our SL discovered a few unique, partially finished Mercedes ready for shipment overseas. He recognized them as the "Argento" Mercedes, which you may have seen advertised in Hemmings earlier this year.

The Hemmings listing featured an artist's rendering of the nose of the car with very little information. Here's an excerpt of Roy's find:

Inspecting the script on the carbon fiber upper engine covers of each car revealed they were commissioned by the Royal Family of Brunei or more specifically, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah (profile), and for some reason both projects had been abandoned. Perhaps the Sultan forgot he commissioned the cars! You see, he already owned over 4,000 other cars at the  time! He is likely THE most prolific collector of exotic automobiles in the world, with a penchant for commissioning the construction of whatever suits his whimsy. Researching the car buying habits of the Sultan reveals an astounding collection of cars numbering between 4,000 and 5,000! More including photos here at Our SL.


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  1. Dan Melody said,

    Wrote on June 21, 2008 @ 7:42 pm

    I have been asked by a friend of mine to sell one of these cars (Royal Family of Brunei No. 042/7.3 565 Edition). Do you have any Information about this car, ie. special features, is it collectible? Also any idea of the value of one in fair condition.
    Thank You, Dan Melody

  2. Greg said,

    Wrote on June 23, 2008 @ 7:21 am


    These cars are highly customized and the value can vary greatly. Also, to the best of my knowledge there are not many of them being purchased on the secondary market so determining the pricing trend is going to be difficult (whatever someone is willing to pay). Your best bet might be a private auction or a bid sale. We can provide assistance if you are interested contact us. For now, the current owner is your best bet – they should have all of the documentation pertaining to the vehicle.

  3. Chris said,

    Wrote on August 17, 2009 @ 7:38 pm

    To my knowledge, these two vehicles are SL 60s. Speaking of which, I have a chance to purchase a 1998 SL60 that was brought into the U.S. If anyone has a few pearls of wisdom, or knowledge of this model, I would be most grateful. All I know at this point is that relatively few were made, but numbers range from 300 to 1000. Fewer than 200 were produced for the British market with right hand drive. This one has what appears to be an aftermarket navigation system by Alpine. All nav instructions and maps are in German. I’s sorry to say I do not understand German. However this car also speaks acceleration very clearly. Any information about this auto would be very welcome.
    Thanks, Chris

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