In the photos there are RHD F40 and F50 - I always thought all of these cars were LHD only. Were these cars built specifically in RHD for them?
The F40 with leather interior - talk about completely missing the point of the car!!!
The F40's and F50's were only made in LHD by Ferrari. Coachbuilder Pininfarina bought the F40's and F50's and converted them to RHD for the Royal Family (in this case most likely Prince Jefri). During the RHD conversion the F40's got a Testarossa interior. And also the RHD F50's have a different interior (allthough not that drasticly). Important features in these cars were the airco unit (wich is a must in the jungle), power windows and a stereo system (and in the F40 door handles
I understand what you mean with missing the point of the car. But this (and all the others) were made based on the ideas of Prince Jefri. Designers for companies like Mulliner Park Ward, Pininfarina and Aston Martin went to Brunei to get the ideas of PJ on paper..
This really was an amazing and great period for coachbuilding. Just the client, a small special projects group from all the great marques (and no interverence from the rest of the company) and unlimited funds.
The 456 wagon looks terrible. Did Pininfarina or Ferrari really need the cash that they were willing to bastardize their brand for one rich guy?
Really? You think so? I thought this was one of the best looking estates in the world, especially based on a Ferrari. According to people who drove it it's unbelievebly fast btw.
The design was done by Pininfarina, but the development, building, testing, etc. was done by the company Italtechnica.
Keep in mind that most special cars were also drasticly changed under the skin and were really the highest standards in the automotive industry in the nineties. They were pushed by the Royals for the best quality in luxury, very high performance, newest technologies (that were not available to the mere mortal customers), etc.
And if you really want to see it from a money perspective, wouldn't you want a piece of the hundreds of millions of pounds that were flowing towards the high end car companies and coachbuilders?