You’re Jo­hor-king

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HERE’S a truck that is fit for a king — or a sultan at the very least. This in­cred­i­ble Aus­tralian-made cus­tom Mack Su­per Liner has been built for the Sultan of Jo­hor, with no ex­pense spared.

His Royal High­ness Sultan Ibrahim Is­mail ibni Al­marhum Sultan Iskan­dar Al-Haj (his mates prob­a­bly call him Izzy) was for­mally crowned in March as the ruler of Malaysia’s south­ern state of Jo­hor.

He hap­pens to love pi­lot­ing his speed­boat and wanted some­thing spe­cial to tow it — en­ter the Su­per Liner.

The base truck was built at Mack’s fac­tory in Wa­col, Qld.

Cus­tom truck spe­cial­ist Vik­ing Trucks took over the pro­ject at its Coolum fac­tory, where 30 crafts­men spent more than 6000 hours turn­ing the reg­u­lar Mack into a re­mark­able ma­chine.

The re­gal Su­per Liner is fit­ted with a cus­tom 89-inch sleeper. The Vik­ing team was re­luc­tant to fit a sun­roof, be­cause these can leak. In­stead it fixed a mas­sive flat-screen tele­vi­sion to the sleeper ceil­ing, show­ing im­ages from a cam­era point­ing up from the roof.

Work­ing Wheels peeked in­side — no photos were al­lowed — and it was like look­ing into a royal res­i­dence.

There are a strik­ing jar­rah side­board and stone-top kitch­enette, a soft leather couch that dou­bles as a bed, padded leather walls (the hide was im­ported from South Africa) and a flat floor inset with LEDs that change colours. There are 72,000 in­di­vid­ual stitches in gold thread in the leather trim, in­clud­ing those that make up the Sultan’s crest on the head­rests.

Vik­ing used 72 litres of clear coat for the 132 pieces of tim­ber trim — each was sanded and coated six times.

There are two tele­vi­sions, two iPads, an Xbox and PlayStation4.

Clev­erly hid­den away in what looks like a sec­ondary fuel tank is the airconditioning unit that con­trols the cabin cli­mate.

A vast amount of time was spent on the ex­te­rior. There are thick stain­less steel ex­haust stacks, twin air in­takes and a cus­tom flat bumper with six cut-outs for LED light bars.

The lead­ing edge of the sleeper is mounted with a three­d­i­men­sional gold leaf crest.

Red, white and blue in the paint scheme reprise the colours of the Jo­hor flag and there’s also the face of a tiger. There are three air­brush coats, eight lay­ers of pearl paint and six of clear coat.

In­stead of a reg­u­lar turntable, the rear deck is flat with a jar­rah and stain­less steel sur­face, inset with LED strip lights that are com­puter con­trolled to pro­duce 420 pat­terns. A panel at the rear of the deck opens to fit a small turntable for the speed­boat trailer.

Vik­ing Trucks won’t dis­close the cost, not that money seems a great con­cern.

The sultan’s Su­per Liner is the most pow­er­ful avail­able from of the fac­tory, its MP10 16-litre 511kW (685hp) six­cylin­der turbo diesel turn­ing a 12-speed au­to­mated man­ual trans­mis­sion. It has Pri­maxx air sus­pen­sion for the smoothest ride pos­si­ble.

Sultan’s Su­per Liner: Money seemed no ob­ject when the Malaysian leader pimped his Mack

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