Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut sold secretly. This is the most expensive car in the world

Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut from 1955 was sold in a confidential auction by RM Sotheby’s at the Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart. It now the most expensive car in the worldand, according to many rankings, also the most beautiful.

The Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut was bought by a private collector. The proceeds of the transaction will be used to create a foundation that will finance education and tests dedicated to the protection of the natural environment. The second existing model of this model remains in the collection of the Mercedes museum in Stuttgart.

The Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut is the most expensive car in the world, Ferrari has lost its crown

135 mln euroi.e. almost PLN 630 million, is a record amountfor which a car was ever sold at an auction. Three times higher than the previous quotation from 2018, when the Ferrari 250 GTO from 1962 was sold for 48 million dollars (approx. 45 million euros; 209 million zlotys).

Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955


Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955 / Mercedes / Mercedes-Benz AG â € “Communicati


Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe and its designer Rudolph Uhlenhaut

Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe and its designer Rudolph Uhlenhaut


Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe and head of test department Rudolf Uhlenhaut / Mercedes / Mercedes-Benz AG – Communicati


Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut, or what is this car?

The German manufacturer has developed two 300 SLRs with a hardtop for the races of the 1956 season. The cars, however, never went to the track because business retired from motorsport in late 1955. The decision to quit was driven by a series of tragedies during the Le Mans 24 Hours, killing 84 people.

The 300 SLR was taken care of by its creator and chief engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut – it was his car official, hence the nickname “Uhlenhaut” next to the model name.

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The 300 SLR was based on the W 196 R, or the Silver Arrow. In 1954, Juan Manuel Fangio led this car with chassis number 006/54 to triumph in the German and Swiss Grand Prix. The victories gave him the first F1 World Championship title in his career, and the 196 R became a symbol of Mercedes’ post-war return to the world of Formula 1.

The designer of the Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut is the only one with a test drive ban

– Rudolf Uhlenhaut, whose name this car is named after, he was not only a brilliant motor engineer, but also a phenomenal test and performance driver – said Dziennik.pl Maciej Pertyński, automotive journalist, YouTuber, Polish juror of the World Car of the Year plebiscite.

– Thanks to his abilities, as the head of the Mercedes racing department, he created a whole series of so-called Silver Arrows – the W125 and W154 models are the most famous of them – which, before World War II, simply ran out of all possible races, racing series and world championships. And Uhlenhaut himself, who ended his career as the president of Daimler-Benz, passed in designing the Silver Arrows the only ban on testing and racing in the history of the world motorizationwith the rationale literally like this: Mercedes can buy the best test and racing drivers, and engineer Uhlenhaut is only one – explained Pertyński.

Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955

Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955


Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955 / Mercedes / Peter Thomas


Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut, engine and performance

Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut He get eight-cylinder in-line engine enlarged capacity of three liters. With 303 HP, the car was able to accelerate to 290 km / h (video below). With this performance, the 67-year-old Mercedes is even today one of the fastest cars ever approved for road use.

Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut three times cheaper than the painting by Leonardo da Vinci

RM Sotheby’s emphasizes that Mercedes 300 SLR is now in the Top 10 of the most valuable items ever auctioned in any category.

The painting “Salvator Mundi” boasts an absolute record Leonardo da Vinci, sold in November 2017 for over USD 450 million (about PLN 2 billion). With this work, Mercedes turns out to be three times cheaper.

Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955

Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955


Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955 / Mercedes / ISS Debeos Studios Daniele Di Mi


Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955

Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955


Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955 / Mercedes / Mercedes-Benz AG â € “Communicati


Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955

Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955


300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955


Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955

Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955


300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955


Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955

Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955


Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955 / Mercedes / Peter Thomas


Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955

Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955


Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955 / Mercedes / Mercedes-Benz AG â € “Communicati


Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955

Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955


Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955 (W 196 S) / Mercedes / ISS Debeos Studios Daniele Di Mi


Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955

Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955


Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955 / Mercedes / Mercedes-Benz AG â € “Communicati


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