1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe sold the most expensive car – only one

It is clear that capitalist excess is alive and well, despite the suffering caused by epidemics and various other complications. Mercedes-Benz has announced that this is its most valuable asset Did Above all there is a price – the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé, one of only two in existence, the most expensive sold at যখন 135 million (RM627 million) when it crossed the auction block.

Yes, the most expensive item in the world on four wheels is a three-pointed star with an SLR badge, but it’s not a McLaren. This is the car that named the 2000 hypercar – a Formula 1-derived race car version of a ’50s road-going coupe, the latter having instant success in its ultra-short competitive life.

SLR (short for) Super light race, Or Super Light Racing) was conceived as the Legend 300 SL out of the 300 SL, itself a highly successful Le Mans-winning racer turned road car. The name comes from a lightweight aluminum spaceframe chassis mounted on a magnesium alloy body panel, powered by a 302 PS 3.0 liter straight-eight engine powered by a desmodromic valve (later Ducati popular) and mechanical direct injection.

It entered the 1955 sports car racing season and immediately won its first race, the Mill Miglia, at the hands of Sterling Moss. But the sweet taste of victory soon turned bitter in the third race of SLR’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it was involved in the deadliest motorsport accident in which 82 people were killed.

The effect of this incident was that despite SLR winning every other race – securing the World Sportscar Championship in the process – Mercedes completely withdrew from racing. Stuttgart will not put his name on the competition engine, let alone his race car for another 30 years.

The recall of the SLR came with a silver arrow-shaped lining, as it released one of the two coupe versions, originally planned for the then-canceled Carrera Panamericana, to be used as the personal car of chief engineer Rudolf Uhlenhat – hence the name SL in these vehicles. It had a more sexy version of its curvaceous bodywork, full of trademark glowing doors, and weighed just 998kg.

The fascination surrounding the SLR was further heightened by the near-mythical situation of Uhlenhat, who even claimed that Mercedes lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife three seconds faster. Star Driver (ha ha) and four-time F1 champion Juan-Manuel Fangio. Legend has it that the man, late to a meeting, once flew 220 km from Munich to Stuttgart in just one hour. With a top speed of about 290 km / h, the Uhlenhaut Coupé was the fastest car in all countries.

The Uhlenhout Coupe was named after the legendary Mercedes engineer Rudolf Uhlenhout (pictured).

With so much rarity and the number of stories behind it, it’s no surprise that the Uhlenhat coupe, sold by RM Sotheby’s at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, broke the previous record set by the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO in 2018 – and a further € 90 million. (RM422 million). The SLR is not only the most expensive car in the world, it is also one of the top ten most expensive cars. Things Never go under the hammer.

All of this money is going at least for a good cause, contributing to a Mercedes-Benz fund that will provide school and university scholarships for environmental science projects. The program targets the less financially disadvantaged and includes curricular elements such as mentorship. The fund will be jointly created and managed by an experienced partner, which will be announced together with the details later this year.

For the car, the private collector who bought it agreed to display it publicly at the special event. The second unit will hold a Mercedes and will be on display at the Stuttgart Museum.

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