Following from the very popular post on the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam's Different Bentleys
comes his different Rolls Royce cars.Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Al-Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Almarhum Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien
- layman's translation - Sultan Hassanal son of Sultan Omar of the State of Brunei kept Rolls Royce afloat in the mid 1990's by purchasing so many, as in a ridiculous amount of Rolls Royce, but mainly Bentley cars. A massive percentage of total production went to one family.
The Sultan has around 500 different Rolls Royce and Bentley cars, including these coachbuilt Rolls Royce cars.
Firstly from 1995 this Rolls Royce below was designed by the famous design house Bertone
. This image appeared in a Bertone brochure with no further information.
The car is either called a Rolls Royce Majestic or a Rolls-Royce Cloudesque. My money is on the Rolls Royce Majestic, as it looks less like a Silver Cloud than the other different coachbuilt car below.
Here is the car out the front of a Hotel in Brunei, taken by British tourists. Thanks chaps.
Two Rolls Royce Majestic cars were built, both in 1995 one one carries the Brunei registration number plate BQ 7032 the other none.
Here are the Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) for each car. To decode the VIN follow this link here
1995 Rolls-Royce Majestic SCAZH04A6SCH00023
1995 Rolls-Royce Majestic SCAZH04A8SCH00024
Now a near full view of the Rolls Royce by Bertone.
The cars were built on the special ZH chassis like many of the other Sultan coachbuilt cars, and both had 6.75 Litre V8, single Garrett turbocharger, cross-bolted crankshaft, non catalyst engines, with active seat belts, were built in Crewe and were right hand drive.
Both cars were built at the same time and have sequential VIN numbers. It is not known if the car bodies were built in Italy or England.
A big thank you to the South East Asian Royal paparazzi for the photos.
Now to the second of the Sultans' different
Rolls Royce cars.
This is again a 1995 Rolls Royce, either a Rolls Royce Cloudesque or a Rolls Royce Majestic. I am guessing Rolls Royce Cloudesque as it looks older than the Bertone, is more retro and has Silver Cloud IIIesque
Three Rolls Royce Cloudesque cars were made, two in 1995 and another in 1997. The cars featured 6.75 Litre V8, naturally aspirated, non-catalyst exhaust system engines, were built in Crewe, right hand drive with twin air bags.
What is interesting is that two cars are in Brunei and one is in the UK. The registration number plate of the UK car is N282 AMP so keep your eyes open and camera phones ready British folk! The other two cars are in Brunei with number plates BQ 6363 and KF 7899.
Here are the VIN for the cars.
1995 Rolls-Royce Cloudesque SCAZH008SSCH0006
1995 Rolls-Royce Cloudesque SCAZH00C6SCH00062
1997 Rolls-Royce Cloudesque SCAZH13C4VCH00468
These cars were built at different times and not together like the Majestic.
---Some thoughts on the Cloudesque or Majestic names.
The 50/50 chance for the names is a harder one than it looks. From the information we know one has airbags, and the other does not. Can we tell from these photos, probably not. One has a turbo charger and the other not. Can we tell from the outside, no. But which car is larger and needs more power? One was by designed by Bertone the other is unknown. Two cars were made at the same time for one, three at different times for the other. This is interesting. Why was that so? One car is in the UK, the rest in Brunei. Which car would make UK regulations? I have been second guessing my bet between the Cloudesque or the Majestic all along. Also one 1995 Phantom V SCAZH00A9SCH00071 was made, what does that look like? More information is still needed to solve the Brunei mystery. Ask Bertone or Bentley perhaps?
Now for another different Sultan Rolls Royce car.
This time the Rolls Royce Royale. The Rolls Royce Royale has been featured on Bentleyspotting before here
, and was designed and made by Jankel
From pictures of this car it is hard to tell the massive size of the vehicle. It is half a foot higher than the Silver Spur and 46" longer, but still with two adjoining doors.
The Sultan has five Rolls Royce Royale cars, four made in 1995 a the final in 1997.
The first Rolls Royce Royale made in 1995 seems to be a the first car Jankel made of the model, most likely the Black car above from the Jankel press photography.
This assumption is made as one of the 1995 Rolls-Royce Royale cars is made on the ZW chassis designed for the Silver Spur Touring Limousine, which Jankel was making on behalf of Rolls Royce at the time.
It is the 1995 Rolls-Royce Royale, VIN number SCAZW04A8SCH80138 with Brunei registration number 1 BD that is most likely the black car above, before it was delivered to Brunei.
The next four Rolls-Royce Royale cars were made on the ZH Sultan chassis.
1995 Rolls-Royce Royale SCAZH04CHSCH00011
1995 Rolls-Royce Royale SCAZH04A3SCH00013
1995 Rolls-Royce Royale SCAZH04C3SCH00014
And the 1997 version with a slightly revised engine.
1997 Rolls-Royce Royale SCAZH16C4VCH00465
The car has a 6.75 Litre V8, single Garrett turbocharger, cross-bolted crankshaft, non catalyst engine.
From Jankel press photographs comes a white Rolls-Royce Royale.
Here is the design sketch of the Rolls-Royce Royale. The size of the front doors is impressive.
The interior space is larger and any previous Phantom. Minibus size proportions. Very Royale.
A close up of the white Rolls Royce Royale.
Now for another different
Sultan Rolls Royce.
The famous wedding Chariot. And what a Rolls Royce! It is so amazing that it is hard to describe. But I will give it a go.
The Rolls Royce is a raised rear coach seat Landaulette version of a Rolls Royce President limousine by Robert Jankel based on the Silver Spur, featuring a rear coach seat cloth canopy and extensive gold decorative trimmings, with large gold state coat of arms to the front and sides which when combined is as subtle as a nuclear bomb. Oh, with faux oak bumper bars for good measure as well.
The car was most probably made by Jankel and here is the design sketch for the car. Maybe not exactly, but close enough for a laugh.
These are high resolution photographs to click to see the large version, and all the glorious gold detailing.
I want to see what it looks like from the rear.
The wedding car is most likely one of these cars from 1992 on the ZW chassis made by Jankel for non Park Ward limousine production.
SCAZW02A8PCH80019 Silver Spur II touring limousine
SCAZW00A0NCH80029 Silver Spur II touring limousine
SCAZW00A7NCH80030 Silver Spur II touring limousine
SCAZW00A9NCH80031 Silver Spur II touring limousine
SCAZW00A0NCH80032 Silver Spur II touring limousine
SCAZW00A2NCH80033 Silver Spur II touring limousine
SCAZW00A4NCH80034 Silver Spur II touring limousine
SCAZW00A6NCH80035 Silver Spur II touring limousine
SCAZW00A8NCH80036 Silver Spur II touring limousine
SCAZW00AXNCH80037 Silver Spur II touring limousine
Pictures (webfinds, Bertone, Jankel and another special mention to Basman007 from Supercars.net
for his Sultan car detective work.)
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