This Mercedes 300SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe May Have Marketed for Report $142M

Again in March 2020, just mere days just before the entire world shut down, I was touring Mercedes-Benz’s solution Holy Halls. These unmarked warehouses in an undisclosed area in Stuttgart, Germany keep hundreds of insane treasures, the rarest and coolest autos in the brand’s selection that are either much too distinctive for or just will not likely in shape in the enormous general public Mercedes-Benz Museum. Among the dozens of Formula 1 cars, irreplaceable prototypes, Popemobiles and other jaw-dropping automobiles sat 1 of the only two 1955 300SLR Uhlenhaut Coupes ever to exist, with the other residing in the museum. (The only cause I bought the higher than image is because I well introduced my film digital camera, as contemporary tech just isn’t permitted within due to geotagging.) In an unparalleled convert of activities, that correct auto may perhaps have just been bought for a document-breaking $142 million. 

The information comes from Hagerty Insider, who documented this 7 days that Mercedes held a top secret auction for the car in Germany previously this thirty day period. If this is genuine, it would not only be the most costly auto at any time bought at auction by a longshot, but probable the most pricey car or truck at any time bought time period. The preceding priciest motor vehicle at auction was a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO marketed in 2018 for about $48,405,000, while a distinct 250 GTO was privately offered to the CEO WeatherTech in 2018 for close to $80 million. So why would this Mercedes go for so substantially more funds? Rather merely, it is a lot far more particular.

The Uhlenhaut Coupe was named following Daimler-Benz’s motorsport main Rudolf Uhlenhaut, who purchased two of the 9 W196S 300SLR Silver Arrow Components 1-derived race auto chassis to be established apart and turned into highway-likely coupes that would compete in the Carrera Panamericana. (Ferrari, meanwhile, created 36 250 GTOs.) These coupes seemed way unique than the present W194 300SL Gullwing, with a broader overall body and exceptional styling, and the SLR’s straight-8 motor put out 305 horsepower, 90 hp far more than the 300SL’s straight-6. The brakes, suspension and chassis were improved also.

The 2nd Uhlenhaut resides in the Mercedes Museum.

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But right before the Uhlenhaut Coupes could be raced, Mercedes pulled out of all motor racing absolutely following the 1955 Le Mans catastrophe in which a 300SLR roadster crashed into an Austin-Healey at superior velocity and threw particles into the crowd, killing 84 people such as driver Pierre Levegh and injuring 120 much more. Mercedes would not return to racing for many years. The 300SLR Coupe method was then abandonded, but Uhlenhaut held one particular of them and applied it as a private car after fitting substantial mufflers. The vehicle could hit 180 mph, generating it by far the quickest road vehicle of the time and nearly 20 mph faster than the 300SL. One iconic story recounts Uhlenhaut as becoming late for a meeting, ripping up the Autobahn from Munich to Stuttgart in just above an hour — that’s a 137-mile journey that today would just take two and a half hrs.

The two Uhlenhaut Coupes are in essence equivalent and survive in authentic affliction. The vehicle on display in the Mercedes Museum has a pretty blue and plaid interior, while the vault-stored car has a purple cabin. The latter SLR, chassis selection 0008/55, is the one particular that has seemingly been marketed. Hagerty reports that Mercedes hand-picked 10 (or possibly even fewer) collectors to be provided the possibility to bid on the automobile. Mercedes seemingly desired whoever purchased the car to thoroughly use and care for it, generating confident they would continue to show the motor vehicle at gatherings and historic races. Mercedes also failed to want the new owner to just switch all-around and resell it. Each potential buyer allegedly flew to Stuttgart on personal jets for a lunch at the Mercedes Museum very last 7 days, which has been closed to the general public right until May possibly 15.

This is a W196R Silver Arrow race car.

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That opportunity $142 million sale price tag not only destroys the past documents set by the 250 GTOs, but it massively eclipses gross sales charges for ‘normal’ Silver Arrow race cars and trucks. In 2013 the W196R piloted by Juan Manuel Fangio to victory in multiple Grands Prix bought at auction in Goodwood for $29,600,000, which remains the most high priced German car ever offered at auction. That is also the only W196R that isn’t really owned by Mercedes or one more museum, and out of the 14 ever created only 10 keep on being.

Whilst my original shock has worn off a little, I am still likely to continue being skeptical until finally the news is formally verified or denied, for a couple unique factors. The most important 1 becoming that 1 of the custodians of the Holy Halls instructed me Mercedes never prepared on advertising either of the Uhlenhaut coupes — and he also reported that their estimation for a selling price if Mercedes were being to at any time sell one particular was closer to the mid-nine-figure selection. But that was ahead of a world wide pandemic devastated the earth, which surely could have improved issues. It is a lot of work to keep a vehicle like this obvious, so if Mercedes thinks it would be better served in the arms of a collector that will clearly show it off more typically, I’m all for it and can comprehend the sale. I also think that Mercedes would have required to be more community about permitting this terribly particular automobile go, and possibly a larger sized announcement was planned that got undermined by this leak.

No matter of irrespective of whether or not this sale definitely did take place, just the mere truth that I am speaking about a car perhaps promoting for more than $100 million is a huge deal. I’ve lengthy considered that collector cars and trucks can and should really be addressed with the exact regard as art, and with much more incredible autos that aren’t 250 GTO or McLaren F1s continuing to draw big crowds and established documents, it appears to be like that sentiment is turning into a lot more mainstream. Now let us see if 1 of the 6 remaining Bugatti Royales or 3 surviving Atlantics will pop up for sale in the near potential.

A ‘normal’ 300SLR race vehicle.

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