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A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé has sold for a record amount at auction. A classic from its inception, it was sold at auction for a record price of 135 million euros ($142 million). This incredible purchase price makes it the highest paid vehicle of all time. Napleton News is no stranger to the auto auction scene, but this one brings us to tears.

Video courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

There were only two examples of the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé. Long considered an iconic coupé, it was built according to the plans of designer and chief engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut. Its superior condition makes it one of the finest examples of automotive engineering and design in the world today.

Shaping the Mercedes-Benz brand.

The photo shows one of two 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupés with inventor Rudolph Uhlenhaut. This vehicle is on display at the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

“The 300 SLR Uhlenhaut coupés are milestones in sports car development and key historical elements that have shaped our brand. The decision to sell one of these two unique sports cars was made with very sound reasoning – for the benefit of a good cause,” said Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-Benz SA Group. Profits will help establish the Mercedes-Benz Fund to encourage a new generation to follow in Rudolf Uhlenhaut’s innovative footsteps and develop amazing new technologies,” he continued.

The rolling history of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé

Artist renderings
Drawing of the most valuable car in the world: the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé.

The RM Sotheby’s The auction was open to Mercedes-Benz customers and international car and art collectors who share the values ​​upheld by the iconic German brand. The auctioned model is part of the non-public vehicle collection which is part of Mercedes-Benz Classic. The collection has over 1,100 vehicles ranging from the invention of the automobile. It includes models like the 1885 Benz Patent-Motorwagen, long considered the first automobile, to today’s models.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé is considered a streetable racing car. In that sense, it is a road-legal hardtop version of the W196R Grand Prix car driven by Juan-Manuel Fangio from 1956.

$145 million car
Historic photos of the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé.

Mercedes-Benz said the new owner of the Uhlenhaut coupe will make it “accessible for public display on special occasions.” The second coupé will remain the property of Mercedes-Benz.

Källenius of Mercedes concludes by saying: “Achieving the highest price ever paid for a vehicle is extraordinary and humbling. A Mercedes-Benz is by far the most valuable car in the world. »

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