Berlin (The Times Groupe)- Mercedes-Benz announced Thursday that it recently sold the world’s most expensive car. Mercedes-Benz sold a very rare 1955 SLR coupe in its collection to a private owner for €135 million, the equivalent of $142 million. Among the most expensive cars ever sold, it is the most expensive car Hagerty has ever tracked.
In an announcement, Mercedes said that money from the sale will go to the Mercedes-Benz Fund, a global scholarship fund.
According to reports, the previous record sale price for a car was $70 million for a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO. world’s most expensive cars
One of only two 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe prototypes was sold. Mercedes’ chief engineer at the time, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, is listed as the creator of the 67-year-old cars, which are claimed to have a top speed of 186 mph. It was sold at a closed invitation-only auction on May 5 at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. RM Sotheby’s conducted the auction in cooperation with the company.
According to a Mercedes-Benz statement, the other Uhlenhaut Coupe will remain in the Museum’s collection.
“Their racing cars from the 1930s and 1950s are rare, and most come to market owned by the factory, so anything that comes to market is highly sought after,” said Brian Rabold, Hagerty’s vice president for automotive intelligence.
The Mercedes Gullwing SLRs — so called because of their curved doors — are among the most sought-after automobiles in the world. Rare versions and racing versions are especially valuable.
The SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe was, essentially, a hard-top version of Mercedes’ famous open-topped 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 the closed roof would also improve aerodynamics.
Mercedes stopped competing in motorsports shortly after developing these cars, so these cars were never used in competition.
In a press release, British classic car dealer Simon Kidston claimed to have placed the winning bid on behalf of a customer.