• May 31, 2012
With Sacha Baron Cohen's latest movie, The Dictator, raking in box office millions, our friends at Hagerty Insurance have compiled a list of the Top 10 Dictator Car Guys. While we're familiar with the automotive fancies of some foreign rulers – like Kim Jong-Il, whose funeral was something of a classic car parade – this list digs deep into the annals of totalitarianism.

It's no surprise that among these powerful men, exotics from the likes of Ferrari were highly esteemed. What's more shocking is just how brutal some of these guys were. If you haven't cracked a history book in some years, consider this your impetus to at least read the Wikipedia entry for El Jefe.

So what was Sacha Baron Cohen's pick for his character's dictatorial ride? A parade of gold Dartz SUVs, of course. you can read the full article at Hagerty's website.


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      Hi SOBE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hafferty missed a few classic (both dictators and cars): 1. Nicaragua's Anastasio "Tachito" Somoza, as well as his father Tacho and his uncle Luis (all dictators at different moments where Mercedes-Benz lovers. The crown jewel of their collection was a a 1957 custom-built blue Mercedes 300D limousine. From the LotProBlog: " . . . Chassis number 7500143 was built with a high torque fuel-injected engine, double acting telescopic coil springs, refrigeration, radio-telephone, military siren and blue lamp. Mr. Somoza stated that since the automobile was of pillarless design, his intended use did not require armor-plating. . . . " 2. Venezuel'a General Marcos Pérez Jimenez: He was fond of chasing beauty queens in his private island retreat La Orchila, on his Vespa scooter in the mid 1950s. But Pérez Jimenez loved German engineering being a 300SL Gullwing his most treasured ride. 3. Venezuela's current dictator Hugo Chávez roams around the streets of Caracas when his failing health allows it in a gorgeous 2010 Bentley Mulsanne impounded to one of his former collaborators who fell in disgrace on a business deal gone sour.
      Drachen
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm not sure if you'd consider Leonid Brezhnev a dictator, but he had quite the collection, including a Citroen SM and an early 70s Chevy Monte Carlo.
      hmmwv
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Sacha Baron Cohen’s fictitious character Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen from the movie “The Dictator” displays an affinity for what appears to be a fleet of gold-plated Hummer H2s." Are you kidding me? The guy can't even tell the difference between a H2 and a Dartz Prombon.
      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I seem to recall a certain leader trading in his 300C for a Hybrid Escape when questioned by the green police....
      aatbloke1967
      • 2 Years Ago
      Margaret Thatcher always loved her XJ series III Jags.
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      Justin Shaw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Slow news day?
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      Z. Kesh
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kim deserves the Best of the Best.
      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      That Lincoln is in amazing shape. I wonder if they bought it new?
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      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      In all seriousness, I've always been enamored by the custom one-offs and coach built specials of dictators, royalty, heirs, etc. Some of them are just phenomonally over the top. If I had the power and money of some of the fellows on this list, I'd commission a new 991 4S Targa by Porsche with a mid mounted Carrera GT V10 and manual trans. With the prerequisite ducktail spoiler of course.
      KelperFoxWolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      Considering Juan Perón a dictator must be the biggest sack of bollocks I've read in such a long time.
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