These wheels of fortune are turning in Mercedes-Benz’s favor.
The German automotive manufacturer verified that it has bought a luxury automobile for a intellect-boggling $142 million (135 million EUR), shattering the preceding record for the most high-priced car or truck at any time bought.
“We [wanted], with a single solitary act, to display the electric power of the Mercedes model,” stated their chairman, Ola Källenius, in a statement next the shut invitation auction on Might 5 at the Mercedes museum in Stuttgart, BNN Bloomberg described. The occasion was held in collaboration with car auction business RM Sotheby’s.
The car in question was an ultra-uncommon 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé, one particular of only two at any time produced. Mercedes has not divulged the buyer’s identification even so, the auction reportedly highlighted about a dozen bidders with several Swiss-Italian, English and US Mercedes-Benz collectors currently being floated as possible purchasers.
With the sale, the car or truck firm topped — just about a few instances around — the past general public history of $70 million, shelled out in 2018 for a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO. Proceeds from the sale will reportedly go toward establishing the Mercedes-Benz Fund, a world-wide scholarship fund aimed at helping money-strapped college students achieve their vocation dreams, for each a Mercedes push release.
The price tag may possibly seem to be steep, but automobile aficionados claim that the determine is proper offered the caliber of the automobile, which can travel up to 186 mph.
“That vehicle is 100% worth what it bought for,” mentioned unusual auto broker Stephen Serio. “Nobody at any time assumed Mercedes would provide it.”
Without a doubt, the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR’s worth is due, in component, to the reality that the vehicle is exceedingly uncommon. Of the 9 300 SLR cars produced, there were only two SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé prototypes, which derive their title from Mercedes’ famed test section head, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, according to BNN Bloomberg’s report. He used just one of the versions as the corporation automobile, although the second haute rod is stored safely and securely away in the company vault.
“Their racing cars from the 1930s and 1950s are uncommon, and most are nonetheless owned by the manufacturing unit, so any that arrive to market place are hugely sought just after,” Hagerty’s Brian Rabold instructed CNN.
Fortuitously, the latest order doesn’t preclude back seat vehicle buffs from at any time looking at this automotive holy grail again. Per the problems of the sale, the Uhlenhaut will continue to be on display screen at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, together with the 2nd SLR coupe, whilst the nameless owner will get the chance to often — and very diligently — choose their classic whip for a spin.