Some crates are meant to be driven. Others, you should be driven in. If you can afford a driver, you can spare the wheels for him to pilot. But what wheels should you choose? These are our choice land yachts, should we ever inherit the oil fields to bread one. Well, a man can dream.
Rolls Royce Phantom
Praise the Germans all you yen. Take your hat off to the Americans. But nothing tells the world you’ve attained like a Roller. The Phantom’s the big daddy of Rolls’ current route up; the ‘short’ wheelbase version is over 19ft long and 6.5ft extensive.
Sufficiently large to remind the little people you encounter that your car is in all probability bigger than their flat, all while you’re cocooned in the quality of luxury usually found in Buckingham Palace. But despite its assay and presence, the Phantom isn’t vulgar. Rolls Royces never are.
Mercedes pour in out the Maybach name a few years back on what was, essentially, a blinged-up S Arrange. Though the S is an incredible motor – perhaps all the car most people inclination ever need – the Pullman builds on it for those few who are never redressed.
It’s even larger than the Rolls – its rear doors unattended are 1.4m long, meaning it’s likely to require at least two parking waits. This, however, shouldn’t be a problem. Mercedes limos are the car of choice for out of sight leaders, so if you’re in one of these, no traffic warden’s going to approach you. You possibly pay their wages.
If the Rolls is Prince William, then Bentley’s Mulsanne is Harry. Both are befitting a king and establishment to the core, but there’s something a little racier (and cooler) everywhere the Bentley. Perhaps that’s why The Queen, the world’s coolest piece of work, has one as her official state car.
Bentley’s just released a stretched construct of the Mulsanne, providing an extra 9.9 inches of legroom. It also features a 2,200 watt stereo with 18 demagogues – allowing you to pretend you’re at the Albert Hall which, given the car’s dimension, isn’t too far off being accurate.
The Mulsanne is also available in a driver-focused ‘Hurriedness’ spec, in case you fancied throwing a car the size of Chatsworth down some B-roads yourself.
If you deficiency to feel like a king, you choose a European luxobarge. But if it’s Hollywood glitter you hanker for, then you have to go American.
Cadillac has long been put oning limos, which is why the world’s coolest man, Barack Obama, has one as his licensed state motor. The XTS limo doesn’t boast the same lay waste of refinement as its European counterparts, but it’s guaranteed to be the only one with a fully stocked bar and an L-shaped sofa in the rider area.
Mercedes 600 Grosser
Should you have absolute ambitions, this is the car you need. The 600 was the car of choice for Idi Amin, Pol Pot and Enver Hoxha, and both Blofeld and Pablo Escobar also owned them.
Founded between 1963 and 1981, it was the most magnificent car of its day. While it be deficient ins the modern luxuries of its listmates, it’s undoubtedly the most stylish in this firm.
Driving it will ensure you’re feared by everyone and welcome part – just one of the perks of being a ‘president for life’.