“Private collector bought 1 of 2 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupés for a record $143-M at RMSotheby’s” –Paul Ebeling
A Mercedes-Benz car has been auctioned off for $143-M, making it the world’s most expensive car ever sold, auctioneer Sotheby’s said.
“A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé from 1955 has been sold at auction for a record price of €135,000,000 to a private collector,” the auction house said in a statement on Thursday.
The car is 1 of 2 prototypes manufactured by the Mercedes-Benz racing department and named after its engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut.
The 1955 model of the vehicle is considered by automotive experts and enthusiasts as the most beautiful car in the world in its engineering and design.
“The remarkable 300 SLR was based on the hugely successful W 196 R Grand Prix car which won two World Championships in the hands of Juan Manuel Fangio, but with its engine enlarged to 3.0 litres for sports car racing,” the statement said.
“The car was capable of 180 mph, making it one of the fastest road legal cars to have ever been created at the time.”
The proceeds will be used for charity.
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