As the President with the longest tenure, President Soeharto had a long list of official cars. Among Suharto’s official cars, the Mercedes-Benz 500SEL limousine is arguably the most legendary Indonesian presidential car. The reason is that the car not only became the last car to accompany the end of Soeharto leadership, but also had world-class specifications and security. The following is a review of Indonesia’s 2nd President’s mounts.
The Mercedes-Benz 500SEL limousine is the official car of the President of Indonesia which operated throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s. The car that was first launched in 1987 was purchased from a German manufacturer and became the most luxurious car of its time. Even President Bill Clinton and Queen Elizabeth II once rode similar cars.
Besides its luxurious interior, the black-colored car features high and exclusive safety standards. The Indonesian government specifically orders high-safety wheels to Michelin, in the form of wheels and tires that have high-precision gripping angles. Like the world-class official car standard, the entire body of Mercedes-Benz 500SEL is coated with steel and black platinum that can withstand bullets, grenades and landmines. Not to miss, the use of three-inch thick bullet-proof car capable of holding a series of bullets from rifle weapons.
Unfortunately, the legendary 2nd Indonesian car mounts have only been used for seven years. In 1994, the government bought a Mercedes-Benz S600 which later accompanied Soeharto’s official travels to get down. Although the service age was short, the 1987 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL limousine was brought to Germany to be displayed at the 1998 legendary world leader car show. (IA)