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Mercedes-Benz Sells 1955 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe, Now the World's Most Expensive Car

Posted May 25, 2022 5:00 AM by dstrohl
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The rumors which have circulated since late last week that Mercedes-Benz has sold off its one-of-two 1955 300 SLR Uhlenhaut coupe for a world record price have been confirmed, with RM Sotheby's announcing on Thursday that the coupe sold for 135 million Euros - or about $143 million - making it not only the world's most expensive car to be sold at auction, but also the world's most expensive car, period.

"Few ever imagined that it would be offered for sale," RM Sotheby's noted in its press release announcing the result of its May 5 single-car auction at the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

Indeed, Mercedes-Benz, which has owned the gullwing coupe since it was built, has reportedly vowed never to sell it or its stablemate, given that their creation came shortly before the infamous crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1955 and Mercedes-Benz's subsequent withdrawal from all racing activities. RM Sotheby's made no mention of Mercedes-Benz's reason for selling the coupe, nor of the company's reason for keeping the auction of the coupe private and under wraps for two weeks afterward, though it did note that Mercedes-Benz will use the proceeds of the sale to establish a "Mercedes-Benz Fund that will provide educational and research scholarships in the areas of environmental science and decarbonization for young people."

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05/25/2022 10:58 AM

Cool car.

It is sad to note, but not surprisingly, that the cancer has spread to Mercedes-Benz as well.

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05/26/2022 7:39 AM

Better than anything else, this tells us that MB is in financial trouble.

It's probably the EV development costs that are putting the squeeze on them.

They must be cursing Tesla and Elon Musk for having the gall to disrupt their cozy lifestyle.

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