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Learn the story behind the most expensive car in the world

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When you talk about collector’s items, the less, the more. A rare item is greatly appreciated—as is the case with coins or serials—embeds a surprising surplus value. It is then very easy to imagine that a hyper luxury carwith only two copies, has been sold for the highest price of any motor vehicle of all time. That’s right: the time has come to tell the story of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe and the auction that has taken it to the maximum.

The most expensive car in history

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut
Looking both classic and futuristic, the Uhlenhaut Coupé boasts a history that makes it worth millions. Photo: Mercedes-Benz.

On May 20, the automotive and collector’s world was shocked to learn of the acquisition of the model Mercedes-Benz SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe for a number of $143 million —almost 3,000,000,000 MXN— by Simon Kidston, on behalf of an investor who remains anonymous to date. With that, he tops second place by about $70 million and third place by $100 million. This not only makes him the strongest competitor in his category, but a champion who has left the other contenders far behind.

Why is it worth so much?

With this, of course, the question arises: What does the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe such an expensive car? Let’s go back to 1950, when the vehicle designer Rudolf Uhlenhaut enjoyed the return of Mercedes Benz to the world of racing, as well as the triumphs accumulated since then.

Thus, for the 1955 Pan American Race, focused on creating a very fast model -unlike other competitors, this model was closed-. Sadly, the sporting event stopped from that year, but it was not so with the fame of the car, which would win the laurels of critics and fans alike.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut
The genius behind the machine, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, standing next to his creations. Photo: Mercedes-Benz.


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So what gives the Uhlenhaut Coupé 1955 such a high value? Two cars, unique as only prototypes can be, created by a team – and designer – at the height of its success before the last event of its kind; Added to this is a model that allowed speed and aerodynamics like never before, and the astronomical figure becomes an answer of great value.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut
Both models have an interior in different colors: today, the one with red nuances is in a private collection, while the blue one is still on display. Photo: supercars.net

charitable spirit

When talking about big numbers, it is not only important where they come from, but also where they go. In this case, with the sale of this silver racing car, funds will be established in the name of sustainability by the Teutonic automaker.

“[…] We have a great responsibility towards society. The proceeds from the sale of the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe They provide us with an opportunity to reinforce our commitment to one of our stellar projects: […] The ‘Mercedes-Benz Fund’whose goal is to support young people in their studies, commitments and actions towards a more sustainable future,” reads one of the statements made by Renata Jungo Brüngger, member of the Mercedes-Benz Group AG Board of Management.