1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe | Auctioned Off For Record $142 Million

On May 5th RM Sotheby’s and Mercedes-Benz held a secret auction in Stuttgart, Germany. The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR was purchased by an unnamed private collector for a the record breaking amount of $142 Million USD, the buyer and Mercedes have come to an agreement to allow the car to remain accessible for public display for special occasions.

Only two cars were produced after Mercedes exited the racing scene back in 1955. Nicknamed ‘Uhlenhaut coupe’ after Rudolf Uhlenhaut, Chief Engineer of the automakers test department at the time used one of the vehicles as his company car.

The Mercedes 300 SLR is considered one of the most beautiful cars in the world. Originally designed as a road legal version of the W 196 R grand prix car, with displacement being increased to a 3.0 litre straight eight cylinder engine capable of reaching speeds up to 180mph. This made it one of the fastest production cars in existence at the time.

Mercedes-Benz will donate the proceeds of the sale to a charitable fund that will provide scholarships for education and research in the fields of environment science and decarbonization.

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