In a solution auction at the brand’s museum in Germany, Mercedes-Benz sold one of just two 1955 300 SLR Uhlenhaut coupes from its considerable collection of historic automobiles—which dates back to the earliest days of the automobile in the late 19th century. The sale, to a non-public purchaser, was for 135 million euros ($142,769,250). It handily outstripped the past report-location $48.4-million sale of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO at a 2018 auction to come to be the most highly-priced motor vehicle at any time marketed at auction. The two of these higher-dollar revenue had been brokered by RM Sotheby’s.
“Despite Ferrari getting the most possible marque to have constructed a $100-million automobile, Mercedes-Benz was the up coming most very likely candidate,” explained Brian Rabold, the vice president of Hagerty Automotive Intelligence, the valuation wing of the classic automobile insurance, life-style, and editorial big, Hagerty.
The two road-authorized 300 SLR Uhlenhaut coupes have been made by (and named for) Mercedes-Benz’s racing director at the time, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, who constructed them as element of a motorsport assault. In spite of getting among the quickest cars in the environment at the time, they were hardly ever raced due to the brand’s withdrawal from racing in 1955 following a disastrous crash at the Le Mans stamina race that injured hundreds of spectators and killed above 80 men and women, which includes Mercedes’s driver.
Though bearing a potent resemblance to the famed Gullwing sports car or truck of the 1950s, the two Uhlenhaut coupes experienced a lot extra aggressive styling and mechanicals, and had been basically crafted on a chassis that underpinned the brand’s up to date W196 keep track of auto.
“The Mercedes-Benz racing autos from the 1930s and 1950s are exceptional, and most are still owned by the manufacturing facility, so any that appear to marketplace are hugely sought soon after,” Rabold claimed. The Bonhams auction house set a then-report price tag for the manufacturer in 2013, marketing a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 at $29.6 million. Considering the fact that then, in accordance to Rabold, the Hagerty Price tag Manual index of blue chip collectible vehicles has seen a staggering appreciation of 60%.