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1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SLR Ulhenhaut is the most costly automotive ever bought | Autocar India

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This sale makes the 300 SLR Ulhenhaut one of many prime 10 most costly objects ever bought at an public sale.

A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé has turn out to be the most costly automotive ever bought after promoting for €135 million (roughly Rs 1,108 crore). The automotive – beforehand owned by Mercedes – was bought in a non-public public sale performed by RM Sotheby’s on the Mercedes-Benz Museum on Could 5.

  • Solely two 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupes have been ever produced by Mercedes-Benz
  • It will get a straight-eight engine able to taking the automotive to 180mph
  • Earlier file for most costly automotive was held by a Ferrari 250 GTO

The client has chosen to be nameless , with the profitable bid being positioned on their behalf by Simon Kidston, head of historic automotive specialist Kidston SA.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR bought at file excessive value

The  €135 million value is a brand new world file value for any automotive, greater than twice the earlier file, which was held by a Ferrari 250 GTO when it was bought in 2018 for £52 million (roughly Rs 503 crore).

Solely two 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupes have been made by Mercedes-Benz, taking their title from the agency’s chief engineer, Rudolf Uhlenhaut. The automotive was designed as a road-going model of the W 196 R grand prix automotive, with a bigger 3.0-litre straight-eight engine enabling it to hit speeds of as much as 180mph.

The automotive bought was chassis 00008/55 – the second of the 2 automobiles constructed and the one which was utilized by Uhlenhaut himself often. This sale places the 300 SLR as one of the vital costly objects to be ever bought at an public sale.

All of the proceeds from the sale shall be directed to ascertain a worldwide “Mercedes-Benz fund”, which RM Sotheby’s says will purpose to “present instructional and analysis scholarships within the areas of environmental science and decarbonisation for younger individuals.”

Simon Kidston, who positioned the profitable bid for the nameless purchaser, stated: “For those who had requested basic automotive specialists and prime collectors over the previous half a century to call essentially the most fascinating automotive on this planet, there is a good probability that they’d have provide you with the identical mannequin: the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR.”

He additional added. “It is a mixture of unique engineering, all-conquering racing historical past, the facility of the three-pointed star on its nostril and the truth that one had by no means, ever been bought. Many collectors had tried, all had failed.” Furthermore, he referred to the 300 SLR because the “Mona Lisa of automobiles”.

Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Heritage, stated that the automotive will nonetheless make public appearances, saying: “The personal purchaser has agreed that the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé will stay accessible for public show on particular events, whereas the second authentic 300 SLR Coupé stays in firm possession and can proceed to be displayed on the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.”

Earlier file holders

Most of the prime priced automobiles bought at auctions have been Ferraris. The earlier file holder was a Ferrari 250 GTO auctioned at £52 million (roughly 503 crores). The actual 250 GTO had gained the 1964 Le-Mans 24 hour. In 2013, a Mercedes-Benz W196 was bought at $29 million (roughly Rs 225 crore now). Raced by Juan Manuel Fangio, it was the most costly Mercedes-Benz to be bought at an public sale till the sale of the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut.

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