It looks like His Majesty Ibrahim Ismail Sultan of Johor is One Of Us (ONE OF US). If it’s got wheels or an engine he’s into it, and he’s just set a new Mack Trucks record for “most expensive rig” they’ve made for anybody, drenched in an epic paint job of Malaysian patriotism.

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ABC Australia says the actual price of the Sultan’s truck has been kept secret but it “smashes the previous record of [$350,000 US] for a customized rig.” Of course they’re talking about Mack Australia’s record and, it’s just for a cab. A full truck and trailer setup can get more expensive than that, even without all that gold farkle dangling off it.

Speaking of tinsel, Sultan Ismail’s Super-Liner has “a six-camera CCTV system, two flat screen TVs, a stone-topped kitchen area, barbecue, double bed and seats with 72,000 stitches of gold thread” per ABC’s report.

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Can you even count to 72,000? And would you say “yes,” make it up to about 57, and then quit? Probably.

The Super-Liner is an Australian Mack model powered by an MP10 16.1 liter inline six-cylinder engine. In its most powerful tune it cranks out 685 horsepower and a hulking 2,300 pound-feet torque.

As you can see here, a Super-Liner can haul a metric shitload or ten imperial craploads of whatever you want.

Looks like a good one costs a well-heeled truckers under $200,000, making the Sultan’s about twice as expensive as what’s generally considered the nicest big rigs on Australian roads, or twenty-four times what the average Johorean citizen earns in wages in a year. Malaysian Insider tells us that Johor has the highest median income of the country’s five states, or still about the equivalent of $1,200 a month.

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“This is my dream,” ABC has the Sultan saying, and the truck will be used to tow his (undoubtedly epic) boat, because who among us hasn’t dreamt of a wildly patriotic Malaysian big-rig with 72,000 of anything towing around an enormous boat?

Seems that the Sultan actually is a gearhead though. He’s credited with founding the “Kembara Mahkota Johor,” a motorcycle tour he and his noble-blooded brethren take around the state’s districts to get some fresh air and mingle with the proles.

No, really.

Images via Mack


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