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.
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