The World’s Most Expensive Car Sold at Auction: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe

When it comes to car auctions, things can get quite expensive and competitive; it is a lucrative business aimed at those with deep pockets, and classic/rare car auctions are the mightiest of them all. As it would turn out recently, the most expensive car ever sold at auction is the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe. It is well renowned for its speed, performance, and rarity. How expensive was the car sold for at auction then? An astonishing 143 million dollars, that’s just over 114 million pounds. Beating the record of the racing pedigree Ferrari 250 GTO, which cost 70 million dollars when it was sold.


Funny enough, someone close and dear to me gifted me with a book titled “1001 cars you must drive before you die”, and the 250 GTO is in there and goes into a lot of helpful detail and insight about the car; it is quite a read. Though also insightful is their brand chillimustarddesigns that make unique and bespoke jewellery with some fascinating designs. Worth a checkout, too, in my opinion.

Back to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe, what makes it so unique? It is only 1 of 2 built back in 1955, this one was sold to a private collector, and the other is on display at the Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart (which I highly advise visiting). Making it even rarer than the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO mentioned earlier; not only that but the 300 SLR was also named after its creator and chief engineer, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, which set the benchmark for technical and engineering craftsmanship.


It is based on the world-renowned Mercedes 300SL, which is widely known for its gullwing style doors though the performance figures are what make the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe a racing icon. It came with a 3.0-litre straight-eight engine producing 310 bhp and 310 Nm of torque, which was matched with a five-speed manual transmission that propelled the racing machine to 176 mph and 60 mph in a reasonable 7.2 seconds.

The 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe is more than just a car; it is a piece of history, a benchmark for modern speed machines. It’s engineering and design are unparalleled and even to this day can hold a candle even amongst the most luxurious of hypercars; it also signifies what Mercedes-Benz is all about. Take every successful Mercedes Benz sports car, and they will all go back to this, the 300 SLR is more than just a car. It’s a time capsule.




7 thoughts on “The World’s Most Expensive Car Sold at Auction: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe

  1. “Most unique”? No such thing as unique means one of a kind. There are two of these cars so it’s not even unique never mind “most unique,”.


    1. I totally agree, I actually think the most expensive car in the world is the Auto Avio Costruzioni 815 that Enzo Ferrari built for Ascari in 1944 and is at Mario Righini’s collection
      close to Bologna, and there’s only one in the world and it is Ferrari ‘s #1 built car!, if that car ever hits an auction it will break any record


      1. The AAC 815 was built prior to 1940 and there was 2 cars built. They dominated their class in the 1940 Mille Miglia and were then retired. One of the cars was believed to be scrapped and the other is in that collection in Italy.


  2. To the idiots who are on the comments saying other cars are worth more etc.

    The article is saying this is the most expensive car ever sold at auction at 143 million Dollars learn to read.


    1. Absolutely brother…that’s the problem with this world 🌎…you have someone who can help out and literally can change lives for the better ….$145million for a metal box with tires.. you can buy 290 houses at 500 thousand dollars…that’s a well off neighborhood


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