The rumours were true; Mercedes-Benz has confirmed a 300 SLR ‘Uhlenhaut coupé’ has been auctioned for €135 million. That’s a whopping R2 256 732 068.40! The “ultra-rare” Benz (the German marque produced only two) now wears the crown as the most valuable car of all time. 

300 SLR

The 1955 example was sold to a private collector on 5 May at an auction held at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in cooperation with RM Sotheby’s. The invitees were among selected Benz customers and international collectors of cars and art “who share the corporate values of Mercedes-Benz”. 

“The decision to sell the unique sports car was taken with very sound reasoning”

The Stuttgart-based brand says, with the proceeds, it will establish a worldwide fund, the “Mercedes-Benz Fund”. The programme will provide educational and research scholarships in environmental science and decarbonisation for young persons. 

“The 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupés are milestones in sportscar development and key historical elements that have shaped our brand. The decision to sell one of these two unique sports cars was taken with very sound reasoning – to benefit a good cause. The proceeds from the auction will fund a global scholarship programme,” said Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Group AG.

Källenius added: “With the ‘Mercedes-Benz Fund’, we would like to encourage a new generation to follow in Rudolf Uhlenhaut’s innovative footsteps and develop amazing new technologies, particularly those that support the critical goal of decarbonisation and resource preservation. At the same time, achieving the highest price ever paid for a vehicle is extraordinary and humbling: A Mercedes-Benz is by far the most valuable car in the world.”