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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

One of the rarest Ferrari models specially made for the Sultan of Brunei back in 1990s

~The Rarest~ Back to the 1990s when the automotive world known to spill a lot of exotic four-wheeled vehicle models. And among the many exclusive car models produced at that time, there was a special commissioning vehicles for the Sultan of Brunei. Today, despites many years have passed by, the Sultan of Brunei's car collection still remains an interesting legend to talk about.
This is one-of-a-kind Ferrari FX outside Brunei (in pictured the car no. 4) was purchased by Dick Marconi, and now sat on display at his automotive museum in Southern California. (Picture from: Supercars)
And reportedly the Sultan of Brunei has more than 5,000 (some says 7,000) custom-made cars under various well-known brands like Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Jaguar, Aston Martin, etc. And it could be said that no luxury brand was absence in the garages of the Royal Family of Brunei garages, all hidden in the luxuriant South-East Asian forest.
The Ferrari FX is a limited car model specially built by Pininfarina based of Ferrari Testarossa as many as 7 units for the Sultan of Brunei in the 1995. (Picture from: WikiCars)
Especially for exclusive vehicles that wore the Prancing Horse badge that was built commissioned for the Sultan of Brunei, we're noticed, there are several models that not widely known by the public to date, such as the Ferrari F50 Bolide, Ferrari Mythos, and Ferrari F90 Speciale.
The Ferrari FX (in pictured the car no. 4) has the new body made of aluminum and, where possible, carbon fibre was used for panels such as the hood, doors and wheel wells. (Picture from: Supercars)
Another Ferrari car model which is also not widely known by world automotive enthusiasts specially made for the Sultan of Brunei back in the 1995. At the time, the Sultan of Brunei commissioned the well-known legendary Italian coachbuilder company Pininfarina to design seven one-of-a-kind Ferrari models called the Ferrari FX.
The Ferrari FX (in pictured the car no. 4) is lushly appointed with a sweeping two-tone interior and focuses on the red and green paddles that sit behind the Momo steering wheel. (Picture from: Supercars)
Like most Ferrari car models that were built commissioned for the Royal Family of Brunei at that time, the exclusive car built by Pininfarina in the 1995 also based on the foundations of the production cars of the date to support newer and sometimes better bodies, interiors and drive trains.
The Ferrari FX (in pictured the car no. 4) had a tuned engine coupled with seven speed, electro-hydraulic gearbox complete with manual clutch adjustments located on the center console developed by the Williams F1 team. (Picture from: Supercars)
As quoted of Supercars, the Ferrari FX is a limited series of cars based on the Ferrari Testarossa. The project (and the cars as well) once had shown by Sergio Pininfarina to Gianni Agnelli (CEO of Fiat) who commented; lucky to have such clients.
The Ferrari FX (in pictured the car no. 4) has specifically converging unusual lines at the back, but look more flowing and balanced compared to the chunky F512. (Picture from: Supercars)
The car had a tuned engine coupled with seven speed, electro-hydraulic gearbox complete with manual clutch adjustments located on the center console developed by the Williams F1 team, it's said able to make the car run up to top speed of 300 kph. Wow!

Each car started life at the Pininfarina's assembling lines has the new body was fitted to the Ferrari Testarossa 512 superstructure. It was fabricated out of aluminum and, where possible, carbon fibre was used for panels such as the hood, doors and wheel wells. To accommodate the revised rear end, a new exhaust was manufactured which now leads us to believe the engine itself may have been upgraded. Even if the engine is stock, the lighter body and transmission have to offer much better performance.
To accommodate the revised rear end of the Ferrari FX (in pictured the car no. 4), a new exhaust was manufactured which now leads us to believe the engine itself may have been upgraded. (Picture from: Supercars)
Although at the time, the Pininfarina's styling isn't the most photogenic from the front, but good proportions and a particularly pleasing rear end save the design. Specifically, converging lines at the back are unusual ones, but look more flowing and balanced compared to the chunky F512. A distinct rear hood with Plexiglass rear window is unlike any Pininfarina-made car ever, having small port holes that reveal its flat-12 drive train below. Curiously, there is a unique engine crown that has the only the FX script ever found on this car.
A distinct rear hood of the Ferrari FX (in pictured the car no. 4) with Plexiglass rear window is unlike any Pininfarina-made car ever, having small port holes that reveal its flat-12 drive train below. (Picture from: Supercars)
Inside, the FX is lushly appointed with a sweeping two-tone interior and focuses on the red and green paddles that sit behind the Momo steering wheel. Other interesting details include an emergency shut-off button, aluminum door handles, a transmission control panel between the two seats and a plaque which calls out the 'unique pininfarina design for the Royal Family of Brunei'. The FX's feature is left untouched, and still includes its classic Sony tape player, one fit for a billionaire.
For the reason we did not know, the Sultan stopped his influx of cars and anything else expensive when the fourth car from the seven cars built was still being in the finishing process at the Williams. The dark blue colored car with the chassis no. 103396, was then purchased by an American supercar enthusiasts Dick Marconi to be one of his car colections on display at his automotive museum in Southern California.

And this is one-of-a-kind Ferrari FX outside Brunei, as well as become an evidence of its existence in the world (since the beginning of the FX model is the secret project and not included in the recognized model ever made by Ferrari and even Pininfarina). *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MARCONI MUSEUM | SUPERCARS.NET ]
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