Classic Mercedes-Benz reportedly sells for $204 million in new world record

A British billionaire would have paid the equivalent of 400 Mercedes-AMG GT sports cars to secure a 66-year-old “Uhlenhaut” coupe.

The record price paid for a car may have nearly tripled this week, with a historic Mercedes-Benz reportedly selling for 135 million euros ($204 million Australian).

According to United Kingdomone of two 1956 “Silver Arrow” 300 SLR “Uhlenhaut” coupés ever built was unloaded from the private collection of the German car giant.

The outlet claims 10 wealthy collectors were quietly flown to Stuttgart for the auction under strict conditions, including a guarantee that the winning bidder would not resell the car.

The buyer has not been revealed, but is believed to be a “well-known figure in the British motor industry and a long-time collector of specialist cars”.

If the claims prove to be correct, that would comfortably make it the most expensive car of all time – the previous record holder was a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO which sold in 2018 for $48.5 million (A$70 million ).

Several other vehicles – including several Ferraris and a Bugatti – were said to have sold for more, but these claims have not been substantiated.

The 1956 300 SLR “Uhlenhaut” coupés were modified road-legal variants of the 300 SLR race car – best known for a catastrophic crash at Le Mans that left 83 spectators dead.

While several examples were to be built for sale to customers, the project was canceled following the crash and Mercedes-Benz’s subsequent exit from motorsport.

A 3.0-litre inline-eight petrol engine sent 228kW/317Nm to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission, completing the 0-60mph sprint in a claimed 7.7 seconds.

The top speed was 290 km/h, which comfortably made it the fastest road vehicle ever built at the time.

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