The most expensive car in history, sold for 135 million euros

There are few times that a vehicle as exclusive as the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé 1955 They go up for auction –there are only two units in the world–, which is why motor lovers rub their hands and prepare their wallets to bid for what are true automotive jewels. Home RM Sotheby’s At the beginning of May, it launched this copy at an auction organized at the Mercedes museum in Stuttgart, creating an expectation almost never seen before. Such was the interest that this design aroused that it has ended up becoming the most expensive vehicle in history sold at auction when it was obtained by an anonymous buyer for the astronomical figure of 135 million euros. In addition, it has also become one of the ten most valuable items ever sold at auction.

This figure triples the amount of what until now was the most expensive car sold at auction. The model in question was a Ferrari 250 GTO de 1962 which was sold, in 2018, for €45.4 million for the same house.

The seller of this almost work of art was none other than Mercedes Benz, owner of the only two extant copies of this design, a model that belonged to the Mercedes-Benz Classic vehicle collection made up of more than 1,100 cars. The company has decided to put this unit up for sale to create an international fund for scholarships and training for young people in matters related to environmental sciences and decarbonization with the money obtained.

This model, which was baptized with the name of its creator, chief engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut, is considered one of the best examples of automotive engineering and design, as well as being one of the most beautiful and rare designs created to date. The vehicle, which barely has 6,000 kilometers on its odometer, is based on the car W 196 R who won two world championships in the hands of Juan Manuel Fangio and has a 5-speed manual transmission and a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that provides an output of 302 hp. The interiors stand out for their red upholstery.

Its new owner has promised to continue exhibiting it on special occasions to the delight of all fans of the motor industry. Meanwhile, the other specimen will continue to be on display at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.

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