Until now, the most expensive car in the world was considered a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT, which was auctioned off for $70 million four years ago. Perhaps this record has finally fallen. The Motoring publication, citing an unnamed source, stated that Mercedes-Benz sold a unique sports car 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe of 1956 at a secret charity auction. If you believe the rumors, $136.8 million was paid for the exclusive model.
Daimler-Benz developed a racing coupe 300 SLR with a rigid roof specifically for the 1956 season. However, the German sports car did not take part in any competition, as the company left motorsport. The firm made this decision after the 24-hour endurance race at Le Mans, which took place on June 11, 1955. During that race, a terrible accident occurred on the track, during which the pilot Pierre Bouillain was killed, as well as 83 spectators. In addition, 180 people received various injuries.
Despite the temporary withdrawal from racing, the Germans by that time managed to produce two 300 SLR sports cars. Instead of participating in the competition, one of the cars was taken by the head of the brand’s testing department, Rudolf Uhlenhout, who used a unique model as a company car. In honor of its owner, the car was nicknamed “Coupe Ulenhout”.
In those years, the SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe, which developed a maximum speed of 290 kilometers per hour, was the fastest road car in the world. Mercedes-Benz’s representatives have repeatedly stated that they will never sell a unique sports car.
But if you believe the rumors, the deal still took place. The source claims that a record $136.8 million was paid for the exclusive racing model.