A 1955 Mercedes-Benz, a single of only two this kind of variations in existence, was auctioned off earlier this thirty day period for a whopping 135 million euros ($143 million), making it the world’s most pricey car at any time offered, RM Sotheby’s announced Thursday.
“A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955 has been offered at auction for a history selling price of €135,000,000 to a private collector,” the typical motor vehicle auction enterprise claimed in a assertion.
The car bought for virtually triple the preceding file, which was established in 2018 by a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that fetched about 48 million bucks.
The invitation-only auction took area on May 5 at the MercedesBenz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, the auction residence mentioned.
The automobile is a single of just two prototypes built by the Mercedes-Benz racing office and is named after its creator and chief engineer, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, in accordance to RM Sotheby’s.
“The non-public consumer has agreed that the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe will remain available for general public display on special situations, when the 2nd original 300 SLR Coupe remains in enterprise ownership and will continue to be shown at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart,” the auction business extra.
RM Sotheby’s stated the proceeds from the auction will be employed to establish a around the world Mercedes-Benz Fund that will fund environmental science and decarbonisation analysis.