HIn an old Mercedes it is now the most expensive car in the world. The 1955 silver sports car with the Type 300 SLR, designed by legendary Mercedes engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut (1906-1989) and known to those known as the “Uhlenhaut Coupé”, was sold in camera by Sotheby’s for an auction of €135 million. Mercedes notified FAZ in advance on Thursday. The announcement came as part of an event on the Cote d’Azur, where the Stuttgart car manufacturer rented the former villa of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, among other things.
Previously, the record was set by a Ferrari 250 GTO, which auctioned for $48 million in 2018. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday first reported three weeks ago about a plan to auction one of two Uhlenhaut coupes.
They are the only two examples of a car that was built for the 1956 racing season but not used in motorsport. The second edition will continue to be displayed in the museum.
Mercedes closed its museum in Stuttgart for a one-day auction at the beginning of May.According to FAZ information, the carefully selected group of approved bidders included industrialists from other European countries, one of the bidders was on-site, and the others were digitally connected. Mercedes board member Renata Jungo Bränger did not want to reveal the buyer in an interview with FAZ.
The apparently highly symbolic sale was internally controversial. Jungo Brüngger admitted that there were different opinions about selling within the group. According to the group, the buyer agreed to make the car available to the public on special occasions. Jungo Brüngger confirmed that all interested parties have heart for Mercedes. “This is why saying goodbye is less difficult.”
The money flows into a fund through which Mercedes intends to award 1,000 scholarships annually to students and schoolchildren. Jungo Brüngger said the group wants to support young people who want to undertake projects in the field of sustainability or environmental protection and do not have the money for it.