Named after its creator and chief engineer at the time, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, one of only two prototypes of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut has been sold at an auction for a record price of 135 million Euros (approx. RM627 million) to a private collector – making it the most valuable car in the world.
“The 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupes are milestones in sports car development and key historical elements that have shaped our brand. The decision to sell one of these two unique sports cars was for a good cause. The proceeds from the auction will fund a global scholarship programme called Mercedes-Benz Fund,” says Mercedes-Benz Group, CEO, Ola Källenius.
The “Mercedes Benz Fund” will be divided into two sub-categories: University Scholarships in order to connect, educate and encourage students to realise/conduct research on environmental science projects and School Scholarships focussing on pupils to realise local environmental projects in their communities.
The sale of the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé took place earlier this month at an auction held at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in cooperation with renowned auctioneer RM Sotheby’s. The invitees were among selected Mercedes-Benz customers and international collectors of cars and art, who share the corporate values of Mercedes-Benz.
The 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé sold was part of the non-public vehicle collection belonging to Mercedes-Benz Classic, comprising more than 1100 automobiles from the invention of the automobile in 1886 until today.
“The private buyer has agreed that the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe will remain accessible for public display on special occasions, while the second original 300 SLR Coupe remains in company ownership and will continue to be displayed at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart,” said the company.