$142 Million Mercedes Is the Most Expensive Car Ever Sold

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The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe is a prototype race car built for the 1956 season.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

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It obliterated the previous record for the priciest car ever auctioned off by around $95 million.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

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The previous record holder was a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that sold for around $48 million in 2018, according to auction house RM Sotheby’s, which was involved in both sales.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

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The coupe also ranks in the top 10 most expensive items ever sold at auction, RM Sotheby’s said.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

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Mercedes-Benz sold the 300 SLR during an invite-only auction on May 5 at its museum in Stuttgart, Germany.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

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It sold to classic-car dealer Simon Kidston, who placed the winning bid on behalf of an anonymous buyer.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

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In part, the 300 SLR is so valuable because Mercedes built just two of them.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

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To be fair, it’s also gorgeous.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

RM Sotheby’s


The coupe was never raced, and instead was used by Rudolf Uhlenhaut, the head of Mercedes’s testing department, as a company car.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

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The eight-cylinder race car was rated at roughly 300 horsepower.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

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The 300 SLR Coupe was developed as a hardtop version of Mercedes’s successful open-top 300 SLR race car.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

RM Sotheby’s


Both SLR Coupes have been in Mercedes-Benz’s private collection since new.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

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The one sold — nicknamed “Red” for its red interior — only shows a little over 6,000 kilometers on the odometer.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

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Its sibling, “Blue,” will remain on display at the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

RM Sotheby’s


Why would Mercedes-Benz part with such a valuable car and such an iconic piece of its history?

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Coupe.

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