July 7, 2022

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe

Courtesy: RM Sotheby’s

A particularly-uncommon Mercedes-Benz race automobile or truck marketed for $143 million earlier this month, making it the most costly automobile ever purchased.

RM Sotheby’s declared it auctioned off a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe for 135 million euros, or about $143 million. The sale smashed the previous doc for the costliest vehicle marketed at public sale by further than $95 million and topped the $70 million file for a automobile or truck offered privately.

The profitable bid was made by British automobile or truck collector, advisor and vendor Simon Kidston on behalf of an unnamed shopper. Kidston lobbied the Mercedes-Benz board for 18 months to contemplate advertising the auto.

The sale, initially famous by Hagerty Insider, took location Might effectively 5 in a secretive and actually uncommon public sale on the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. Solely chosen collectors and Mercedes-Benz prospects have been being invited to indicate up at.

The 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe is one among solely two created in 1955 and is thought to be an individual of essentially the most prized cars in auto historical past. It was crafted by Mercedes’ race part and named quickly after its chief engineer and designer, Rudolf Uhlenhaut.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe

Courtesy: RM Sotheby’s

The motorized vehicle was based totally on the corporate’s affluent W 196 R Grand Prix vehicle, which acquired two Planet Championships with driver Juan Manuel Fangio. The 300 SLR skilled a larger, 3.-liter engine and was ready to entry 180 mph, creating it simply one of many speediest road-legal cars on the time.

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The Mercedes-Benz group owned each of these of the 300 SLR autos, and the Might effectively 5 sale took a lot of collectors without warning.

“It’s inexpensive to say that no person at any time imagined that this automobile would at any time be introduced on the market, so for Mercedes-Benz to speak to RM Sotheby’s to conduct the public sale was an full honor,” reported Peter Wallman, RM Sotheby’s chairman for the U.Ok. and EMEA.

Mercedes-Benz mentioned it’ll donate the proceeds to construct a fund for scholarships and academic investigation into the ambiance and decarbonization.

Previous to the sale, essentially the most dear auto offered at public sale was a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that went for $48.5 million at RM Sotheby’s in 2018. A 1963 Ferrari GTO marketed privately in 2018 for $70 million.