Mercedes car: just sold the world’s most expensive car for $142 million

Mercedes car:  Mercedes-Benz confirmed on Thursday that it has recently sold the world’s most expensive car.  The very rare 1955 Mercedes-Benz SLR Coupe, which was kept in the collection of the German automaker, was sold to a private owner for 135 million euros, the equivalent of $142 million.  According to Haggerty, a company that tracks assembly car prices, this price makes it the most expensive car ever sold.

Mercedes car:  Mercedes said in an announcement that proceeds from the sale will be used to create the Mercedes-Benz Fund, a global scholarship fund.

The previous record selling price for a car is said to have been paid in 2018 for a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO of $70 million.

The Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhout Coupe was one of only two prototypes sold.  The 67-year-old motorsport was named after Mercedes’ chief engineer at the time, Rudolf Ullenhout, and is claimed to have a top speed of 186 mph.  It was sold at a closed, invitation-only auction at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.  The auction was held on May 5 in association with auto auction company RM Sotheby’s.

Mercedes car:  According to a statement from Mercedes-Benz, another Uhlenhout coupe will remain in the museum’s collections

 “Their race cars from the 1930s and 1950s are rare, and most are still factory-owned, so anything that hits the market is in high demand,” Mercedes car said Brian Rabold, vice president of automotive intelligence at Haggerty.

Mercedes’ SLR “Gullwing” – named because of the doors that rise up like curved wings – is one of the most desirable cars in the world.  The various rare and innumerable versions are of particular importance.  

The SLR Uhlenhout Coupe was, in essence, a solid version of Mercedes’ popular open-top SLR racing car, powered by a 300-horsepower eight-cylinder engine.  The thinking was that a closed car would better protect drivers from wind and weather at high speeds, while a closed roof would also improve aerodynamics.

Shortly after the development of these cars, Mercedes ceased to be involved in motorsports, so the cars were no longer used in competitions

While the identity of the car’s new owners is unknown, British classic car dealer Simon Kidston claimed in a press release that he submitted the winning bid on behalf of a customer.

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