A 1955 Mercedes-Benz, one of two existing versions, was auctioned earlier this month for 135 million euros ($ 143 million), making it the most expensive car in the world, RM Sotheby’s announced Thursday.
A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe sold at auction to a private collector for a record price of 135,000,000 euros, the classic car auction company said in a statement.
The car sold nearly three times the previous record, set in 2018 by a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that grossed over 48 48 million.
The auction house said the invitation-only auction was held on May 5 at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.
The car is one of only two prototypes manufactured by the Mercedes-Benz Racing Department and is named after its creator and chief engineer, Rudolf Uhlenhat, according to RM Sotheby’s.
“The individual buyer agrees that the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe will be accessible for public display at special events, while the second original 300 SLR coupe will be owned by the company and will be on display at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.” The auction house added.
RM Sotheby’s said the proceeds from the auction would be used to establish a global Mercedes-Benz fund that would fund environmental science and decarbonization research.
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