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THE world’s most expensive classic car reportedly sold for a record £115million at a secret auction.

If the rumors are true, the sale of the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow 300 SLR “Uhlenhaut Coupé” will have completely smashed the previous record held by Ferrari.


Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe reportedly sold for £115mCredit: Alamy
If the sale is confirmed, it would have been nearly three times the value of the next most expensive car on the world record list.


If the sale is confirmed, it would have been nearly three times the value of the next most expensive car on the world record list.Credit: Alamy

The expensive engine is said to be valued at nearly three times the next most expensive car ever confirmed to have traded hands, Hagerty reports.

And if the claims are confirmed, the prized Silver Arrow race car is one engine rich in history.

It’s one of two hardtop coupes ever created by Mercedes-Benz, which explains the mammoth price tag.

The outlet claims fewer than ten key collectors were secretly invited to a swanky private event at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart on May 6.

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Each of these people met the predetermined criteria that Mercedes required of the person to whom they would ultimately sell the 300SLR.

The company would have wanted to ensure that any custodian of the Silver Arrows race car would lavish it with the same care and attention as Mercedes, as well as continue to share the car at events and not resell it to a third party.

And in what is surely no coincidence, the Mercedes-Benz Museum’s website does indeed indicate that it is closed from May 6 to May 15 for “an event.”

The Silver Arrow was one of the most powerful racing cars of its day and laid the foundation for many popular engines today.

Funded by the Third Reich before World War II, Mercedes Silver Arrows dominated both Grand Prix racing and speed record attempts alongside their Auto Union compatriots.

After the war, German manufacturers built two hardtop 1955 300 SLRs, called Uhlenhaut coupés.

They were named after Rudolf Uhlenhaut, the head of Mercedes’ test department who drove one as a company car.

If true, the sale would have discounted the next most expensive on record from a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO which sold for £52million in 2018.

And that same year there was a rumor that a further 250 GTOs had been purchased in a private sale for £57m, but this has yet to be confirmed.

Karl Ludvigsen, a respected car historian, said: “I haven’t heard of a direct sale as you suggest. The reason for a high price would simply be that they never sold.

“If a W196S 300 SLR were to go private, it would be a huge sensation. The Mercedes-Benz cars in question are from the so-called Silver Arrow era from 1954 to 1955, only Grand Prix cars and 300 SLR sports cars.

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“All other Mercedes-Benz racing cars were sold at the time and/or available on the open market, as far as I know.

“Cars in this group were never officially sold by Mercedes-Benz. Some found private owners, like the W154 which raced in Indy after the war and remained in the United States.”

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