When you have as much money as the Rainbow Sheikh (Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan al Nahyan), you tend to get a little bored with the normal types of cars the rich buy. I mean, Ferrari's and Lamborghini's and McLaren's must get boring after some amount of time. So, naturally, one would lean towards the wackier, weird, and more obscure side of things. That's exactly what the Rainbow Sheikh has done, and trust me, he has some of the most eccentric cars out there.
America's Car Museum
I found it impossible to find a good picture of the Pulse he has, but it is visible in a few videos showcasing his amazing collection – nonetheless, this pic captures the true eccentricity of the vehicle. They were manufactured from 1985 to 1990, and through the production run of five years, about 350 were made. The first 21 cars were called Litestars, but they were soon rebranded – Pulse.
They were powered by a 1200cc Honda motorcycle engine paired to a five-speed manual gearbox. The car has four wheels, one in the front, one in the rear, and one mounted on each of the wings. The wing wheels lift off the ground when the car is going fast, lowering individually, left and right, in the corresponding corners. The Pulse has claimed fuel economy of 70 miles per gallon, a figure sports cars with comparable performance can only dream of.
Goliath Dodge Power Wagon
Possibly the most impressive car on this list, this Power Wagon is eight times the size of a real Dodge Power Wagon. It has the tyres of an oil rig transporter, windshield wipers of an ocean liner and a fully functioning tailgate that could swallow both. Well, almost. Naturally, it has a full apartment, complete with a staircase and a master bedroom. Perhaps most important of all – it also drives. Weighing 50,000 tons, the originally tipped the scales at just three, it's a tribute to the truck which helped kickstart the oil industry in the 50's.
8 Wheeled Nissan Patrol
This is an eight-wheeled Nissan Patrol. No, we're not sure why you'd build it either... Presumably, its eight-wheel drive for formidable dune-conquering traction or maybe it's just a classic case of oneupmanship – having two wheels more than the six-wheeled G-Wagon favoured by most Sheikhs. Either way, we're glad it exists, just because.
Various Rainbow Cars
As you can probably tell from his name, the Rainbow Sheikh has an affinity with multi-coloured cars. In his collection, you'll find this rainbow Fiat 500, a rainbow of different coloured Mercedes S-Class saloons, and lots and lots of cars with rainbow pinstripes.
Mercedes 500 SEC Gullwing
Want a classic Mercedes SEC with less practical doors and an eye-watering price tag? The Sheikh did, and here it is. When his multi-colouredness got married, it even got a rainbow-coloured paint job for his wedding. The conversion is by Styling Garage and modifications include, obviously, the doors but also widened fenders and wheel arches, plus custom bumpers.
Mercedes Monster Truck
I couldn't talk about the Shiekh's collection without talking about this monster – the lovechild of a Mercedes W123 and something similar to Bigfoot monster truck. This thing is just crazy. Could it have inspired the Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain of today? No, definitely not, but presumably it's a more capable off-roader.