Mack Trucks has a long history. And now it has made history.
The North American OEM’s Australian branch has built what it says is the world’s most expensive big rig, eclipsing a $481,000 model built in the U.S. While Mack Trucks Australia will not say specifically how much this custom rig cost, it did provide a few details, such as who would order such an expensive, customized ride, and why?
The answer: Malaysia’s Sultan Ibrahim Ismail of Johor.
While most truckers buy trucks to make a living, certainly the Sultan is not worried about that. He does, though, have a need to transport his private power boat and his vehicle of choice is a Mack Super-Liner.
Mack Trucks Australia built the model, which features a 695 hp. MP-10 Mack engine. The Sultan provided Mack Trucks Australia company vice president Dean Bestwick with a detailed design brief.
“The fanciest extra in most Aussie trucks is a microwave or a small fridge,” Bestwick said. “We’d never contemplated the features that have been included in His Majesty’s truck. “This is the most luxurious truck to have been built in Australia and probably the planet.”
Thirty-five Mack employees worked on the truck and a team of engineers will fly to Singapore to unload the truck after it is shipped from the Port of Brisbane and carry out a test run with the rig towing the Sultan’s powerboat.