1955 Mercedes-Benz SLR 300 Uhlenhaut: The Most Expensive Car in the World

Giancarlo Perlas June 19, 2022

The three-pointed star marque now has the bragging rights over having the most expensive car in the world. Behold, the 1955 Mercedes-Benz SLR 300 Uhlenhaut!

The car was auctioned off in an event run and hosted by RM Sotheby’s at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany on May 5, 2022. The hammer price of the auto was a staggering $142.9 million taking the crown away from the Ferrari 250 GTO as the most expensive car in the world at $70 million.

The record-breaking occasion was only participated in by a few handpicked guests. The identity of the new owner remains a mystery, but the winning bid came from a British dealer and car collector named Simon Kidston on behalf of the anonymous client.

According to Mercedes-Benz Group CEO Ola Kallenius, the decision to sell the legendary car was for a good cause. The proceeds will be used to fund scholarships and educational research regarding the environment and decarbonization.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe was introduced in 1955. It resembles the 300 SL Gullwing but with a more streamlined profile.

The car was named after its designer, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, and only two of them were ever made. Despite using a technology derived from the greatest Mercedes race cars of its time, it was never used in a competition, and one of them ended up as a personal car of its creator. One of the very rare sightings of the auto was at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe is a true gem. Not only does it embody a truly iconic look, but it also features a powerful straight-eight engine producing 257 bhp that tops at 290 km/h, which was the highest during its time.

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Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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