Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was the King of Saudi Arabia from 1975 to 1982. During his reign he saw huge developments in the country due to increase in oil revenues and significant events in the Middle East. And he liked cars, exotic cars. He had several of them including this one – Mercedes-Benz 600 made by B+B.
Buchmann & Buchmann (B+B) based in Frankfurt are known for making extremely expensive for some of their clients. They were approached by representatives of the King who wanted a special car that was modern but at the same time had a flavour of the 1940’s. Money was not a problem but uniqueness was.
B+B creates one by taking a Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman and moving the front axle closer to the front of the car and extending the wheelbase by 600 mm. The steering was completely re-designed and braking systems were re-routed. They gave her flowing wings, running boards and free standing headlights. On both sides of the car, provision was made for a 30 cm extended foot-board for bodyguards to stand on them and this was superbly covered up by adding new fenders.
King Khalid it is rumoured wanted to colour it with bright red having white polka dots that were few centimetres in size, but Rainer Buchmann the founder of B+B didn’t want his creation to go waste and advised the King’s representatives to have a single tone red. Its interior was also filled with leather that was matching red.
Nine exact replicas were made and shipped out to the king and it is said that each cost 3.2 crore rupees (in today’s equivalent).
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|Dimension (in inches)||8 x 4 x 3|