• Oct 10th 2006 at 1:26PM
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Richard Owen of Supercars.net recently visited the Marconi Museum in Tustin, California and discovered one of its hidden gems, a Sultan of Brunei custom Ferrari FX. Richard explains the history of this technological tour de force and gives us some insight into the bizarre story of the Sultan and his massive collection of one-offs, custom-builts, exotics and supercars that numbered in the thousands. The whole collection was estimated to have cost some $28 billion. This particular jewel started life as a Ferrari 512M but was so extensively modified that the new FX nomenclature was used. And being the Sultan, this is just number four of seven nearly identical models he had commissioned. Pininfarina redesigned the body and the Williams F1 crew was tabbed to do some mechanical tweaking.

The cars started life at Pininfarina where the new aluminum and carbon fiber bodies were mated to a 512M platform. The Sultan's brother, Prince Jefri, then took the car to Williams where it was fitted with a sequential gearbox similar to their Formula 1 unit. But this car never finished the cycle. The Sultan's buying days had come to an abrupt halt while the car was still at Williams and that's where Dick Marconi came in. The sole dark blue FX in the bunch, it was purchased by Herbalife founder, ex-boxer and sometime racer, Dick Marconi, for his Southern California museum. And there it sits for anyone to see. Check out supercars.net for more photos and details. And if you're ever in Southern California, make sure you stop by the Marconi Museum. All Museum donations go to support the Marconi Foundation for Kids, which provides funds to at risk youth.

[Source: Supercars.net]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Money can't buy taste. They put more of his cars on the French autoblog, I actually like the Ferrari wagon:

      • 9 Years Ago
      The sultan also supposely owns every F1 championship cars since 1980 something. I think 28 billion is a stretch, but it is possible he spend 2.8 billion. Rolls and Ferrari has mechanics stationed at his warehouse because he owns so many of them. If he likes the car, he also buys them in different colors, such as McLaren F1 (roadcar), didn't he have 5 of them?

      Anyways, I guess that is something you can do, when money basically comes out of the ground in his backyard.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm going to go for hell for this, but I agree with #4, it absolutely looks like a Pontiac sunfire.


      • 9 Years Ago
      Nice Sunfire.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'd like one for Christmas!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Dudes, that is not funny I build custom sunfires and saturns to put food on the table.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This auto museum is like 4 miles away from my apartment... how come I did not know this... I guess you have to make an appointment to go in it though, just wonder if there is a cost also involved (I known its non-profit).. I guess I'll have to check it out
      • 9 Years Ago
      28 billion is not that hard to imagine when you take very expensive cars and put milions of dollars into them!
      • 9 Years Ago
      That's a real looker, Herbalife dude. Granted the car's not about the inside but it's one of the grossest interiors I've ever seen.

      I lost my automotive mind!
      Ask me how!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Good work. He took a Ferrari and turned it into a Trans Am.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think I remember reading that the Sultan commissioned Ferrari to build a wagon (estate, if you will) based on a 355 some time ago. Its nice to be the king...errr sultan...but who would have ever imagined Ferrari agreeing to put a Saturn body kit on one of its cars? I guess times were really tough for Ferrari back in '95!
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is an inSult to the automotive world!
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