The world’s most expensive classic car has reportedly been sold at a secret auction for a record £115million.
If the rumors are true, then the sale of the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow 300 SLR “Uhlenhaut-Coupé” will have completely broken Ferrari’s previous record.
The expensive engine would be valued at almost three times the second most expensive car ever confirmed to have traded hands, reports Hagerty.
And if the claims are true, then the coveted Silver Arrow racing car is an engine steeped in history.
It’s one of only two hardtop coupes ever built by Mercedes-Benz, which explains the mammoth price tag.
The outlet claims fewer than ten key collectors were secretly invited to an elegant private event at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart on May 6.
Each of these individuals met the predetermined criteria that Mercedes required of the individual to whom they would eventually sell the 300SLR.
The company reportedly wanted to ensure that any custodian of the Silver Arrow race car treats it with the same care and attention as Mercedes, continues to share the car at events and does not resell it to third parties.
And what is certainly no coincidence, the website of the Mercedes-Benz Museum actually says that it will be closed from May 6th to 15th for “an event”.
The Silver Arrow was one of the most powerful racing cars of its time and laid the foundation for many of today’s popular engines.
Financed by the Third Reich before the Second World War, Mercedes Silver Arrows dominated both Grand Prix races and speed record attempts alongside their compatriots from the Auto Union.
After the war, the German manufacturers built two 300 SLR hardtops in 1955, known as the Uhlenhaut coupes.
They were named after Rudolf Uhlenhaut, the head of the Mercedes test department, who drove one as a company car.
If true, the sale would have pushed aside the second most expensive on record for a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, which sold for £52million in 2018.
And in the same year a rumor circulated that another 250 GTO had been bought in a private sale for £57million, but that has yet to be confirmed.
Karl Ludvigsen, a respected automobile historian, said: “I have never heard of a direct sale like the one you propose. The reason for a high price would be simply that they never sell.
“If a W196S 300 SLR went private, it would be a huge sensation. The Mercedes-Benz cars are from the so-called Silver Arrow era from 1954 to 1955, i.e. only Grand Prix cars and the 300 SLR sports cars.
“As far as I know, all other Mercedes-Benz racing cars have been sold out and/or made available for the open market over time.
“The cars in this band were never officially sold by Mercedes-Benz. Some have found private owners, like the W154 that ran in Indy after the war and stayed in the US.
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