The desert, the sun, heat, tents, and camels are what people thought Middle East was all about earlier. By the late 20th century, the wealth acquired by the ruling families in the region skyrocketed. Today, many of the Sheikhs love to show off the abundance of their fortunes.
Most of us can only dream about acquiring so much wealth. Their collections of luxury cars are incredible. These vehicles are a matter of great pride for the Sheikhs. Collecting cars from different parts of the world has become a hobby for many of them. From the classics to the most exclusive and expensive cars are a part of their car collection.
Some of them also get the concept cars designed just for them. Just sitting in one of these dream vehicles would be a privilege for many of us. Here are the two expensive cars owned by two of the richest Sheikhs in the Middle East:
1. 1889 Mercedes – Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan
Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan owns one of the most unique car collections. A member of the royal family in the United Arab Emirates, he is popularly known as the ‘Rainbow Sheikh’. His collection of automobiles is a matter of astonishment for many.
The Rainbow Sheikh enjoys an array of vehicles of different colors, makes, and models. He is a big fan of Mercedes and has in his mint collection an 1889 Mercedes. It has been fully restored to its original form. This is a wire-wheel car and has a 2-cylinder V-engine. His love for Mercedes cars has led him to own seven Mercedes S-Classes. They’re painted in different colors and he uses a different one for each day of the week.
These vehicles have been put on display in Dubai at the Emirates National Auto Museum. The Benz Patent-Motorwagen was invented in 1873. It had a two-stroke engine, which was powered by gasoline. This car is considered to be the first production car in the world.
On the 29th of January, 1886, Karl Benz applied for patenting Benz Patent-Motorwagen. This was the car that changed history, as everyone rode on horses and horse-drawn carriages before this. Karl Benz had invented the first vehicle with rubber tires and three wheels.
He began improving the engine within two years of creating the Motorwagen. A fourth wheel was added on the Model III. Any car collector in this world would be lucky as well as proud to own it. Today, only the Rainbow Sheikh has this privilege.
Porsche 918 Spyder – Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani
Among the cars in the amazing collection of the Emir of Qatar is a Porsche 918 Spyder. It delivers 608 HP at 8,500 rpm and has a 4.6-liter V8 engine. This dream vehicle reaches the speed of 200 kilometers per hour. You’ll feel its incredible force if you’re driving it at its top speeds.
This awe-inspiring car is the fastest among the production cars and is street legal. Porsche 918 Spyder can go from 0-60 in merely 2.2 seconds. You’ll never be late for anything if you’re driving this car. It is an incredible vehicle that is meant only for the super rich.
The price of this car begins at $845,000. The Porsche company was started by the father-son duo Ferdinand Porsche and Ferry Porsche. It was only in the 1950s that the Porsche brand made history when its sports car was introduced.