Me and blue cars do not go well. I’ll pass on this one.
A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé from 1955 has been sold at auction for a record price of €135,000,000 to a private collector. The car, which is one of two created in 1955, has always been regarded as one of the great jewels of motoring history, but few ever imagined that it would be offered for sale. One of just two prototypes built by the Mercedes-Benz racing department, the car is named after its creator and chief engineer, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, and is considered to be one of the finest examples of automotive engineering and design, often cited as being ‘the most beautiful car in the world’ by automotive experts and enthusiasts worldwide.
The winning bid on the car was an incredible €135,000,000, making it the most valuable car ever sold and a price which exceeds the existing record by more the €90,000,000. In what felt like a surreal experience, the bidding opened at a price higher than the selling price of the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold by RM Sotheby’s in 2018, the car which previously ranked as the most valuable ever sold at auction. The 300 SLR now sits in the top ten most valuable items ever sold at auction. The proceeds will be used to establish a worldwide “Mercedes-Benz Fund” that will provide educational and research scholarships in the areas of environmental science and decarbonisation for young people.
The first is an early test mule from 2011 which features the chassis and body of a 458 Italia with the LaFerrari's V-12 and other hardware packed in. A similar test mule went up for sale in May at an RM Sotheby's auction, but failed to find a buyer.
The second car is a prototype from 2012 that features the carbon-fiber tub and some of the body panels that made it into the LaFerrari. This tester also features an early version of the LaFerrari's hybrid setup.
The third car is a pre-production prototype from 2013, and as a result it's almost identical to the production LaFerrari first shown at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show.
Fun Fact:A very rare opportunity has come up to purchase the Lamborghini Diablo GT2:
Price isn't listed but seeing how GTRs are going for $1-2 million, this is probably atleast $2,5m +
560 HP in 1969 is absolutely insane. That would've made it the most powerful "production" road car in the world.
What a strange car, but also one that I see almost every time I visit Lime Rock Park, a red colored one. Never seen the owner to ask about it though.Just stumbled on this on marketplace, not too far from me either