Mercedes-Benz sells for 135 million EUR
A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé has sold at auction for a record price of 135 million EUR to a private collector. This icon of automotive history, named after its creator and chief engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut, is one of just two prototypes built at the time. It is considered to be one of the finest examples of automotive engineering and design by automotive experts and enthusiasts worldwide.
The sale of the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé took place on May 5th at an auction held at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, with RM Sotheby’s working in close cooperation with Mercedes-Benz.
Most valuable car ever sold
The winning bid on the car was an incredible €135,000,000, making it the most valuable car ever sold, exceeding the existing record by more the €90,000,000. The bidding opened at a price higher than the selling price of the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold by RM Sotheby’s in 2018, the car which previously ranked as the most valuable ever sold at auction.
The 300 SLR now sits in the top ten most valuable items ever sold at auction. The proceeds will be used to establish a worldwide “Mercedes-Benz Fund” that will provide educational and research scholarships in the areas of environmental science and decarbonisation for young people.