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• One of the two ultra-rare original 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupés has been auctioned off to a private collector.
• Proceeds will be used for a global “Mercedes Benz Fund” which will provide scholarships and scholarships.
• The Uhlenhaut was sold for 142 million dollars.


If you’re expecting to read about a ridiculously fast hypercar, you’re wrong. However, the most expensive car in the world is something really special.

The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe was sold at auction for a record price of $142 million to a private collector. When converted to South African prices, it equates to over R2.2 billion. It was one of only two prototype models ever built at the time, which made it quite unique.

The previous most expensive car in the world was a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO which sold in 2018 for $48.4 million.

Mercedes says this icon of automotive history is an absolute rarity. It bears the name of its creator and chief engineer, Rudolf Uhlenhaut. According to the automaker, it is considered one of the finest examples of automotive engineering and design by automotive experts and enthusiasts around the world.

Rudolf Uhlenhaut and his creation Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé.

A rich heritage

The Gullwing is an ancestor of design and technology for modern cars. He carved a path in stone for other car manufacturers to use the Uhlenhaut as inspiration. Mercedes-Benz claims that the special circumstances of its creation, unique design and innovative technology endowed the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé with a remarkable level of mystique that endures to this day.

The automaker says: “The design of this vehicle has established benchmarks that place it among the most significant automotive icons in the world, not least because of its distinctive ‘butterfly’ doors. Added to this is the exceptional performance provided by its thoroughbred racing technology. Together, the two have secured the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé its acclaimed position in sports car mythology and an extraordinary place in the hearts of Mercedes fans around the world.”

    Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe Uhlenhaut, Ola Kallen

Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Group AG and Renata Jungo Brüngger, Member of the Mercedes-Benz Group AG Board of Management for Integrity and Legal Affairs in front of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé.

Why was it sold?

Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, said: “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 taken with great enthusiasm. sound reasoning – to benefit a good cause.

“The proceeds from the auction will fund a global scholarship program. We want to encourage a new generation to follow in the innovative footsteps of Rudolf Uhlenhaut and develop amazing new technologies. Especially those that support the critical goal of decarbonization and resource conservation.

“At the same time, 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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Proceeds from the auction serve as seed capital for the global initiative, says the automaker, which will invest additional resources in the coming years.

Where to go from here?

The sale of the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé took place on May 5 at an auction held at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in cooperation with renowned auctioneer RM Sotheby’s. The guests were among a selection of Mercedes-Benz customers and international car and art collectors who share Mercedes-Benz corporate values.

The 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé sold at auction was part of the private vehicle collection owned by Mercedes-Benz Classic, comprising more than 1100 automobiles from the invention of the automobile in 1886 until today.

“We are proud to be able to contribute with our historic collection to this initiative linking the past to the future of decarbonization engineering and technology,” said Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes Benz Heritage.

“The private buyer has agreed that the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé will remain accessible to the public on special occasions. The second original 300 SLR Coupé remains the property of the company and will continue to be displayed at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.”

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe, uhlenhaut

The historic Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé is one of only two models in the world. One was sold to a private owner for R2.2 billion

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