By now you’ve probably heard the news on a one-of-two 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe selling for 135 million Euros, which equates to about $143 million making it the world’s most expensive car, ever.

After the sale took place and countless news outlets among automotive sources picked up the story that was bound to make headlines, many have wondered what exactly this vehicle is as it resembles the classic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL gullwing but looks longer and “racier”.

The 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe wasn’t necessarily an inspiration to the 300 SL gullwing that you’ve probably seen in photos or in person at concours shows, the most prestigious automotive shows in the world – it was the other way around. However, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (Super Leicht Rennsport) Uhlenhaut Coupe is something even more special. You see, the two examples of the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe (only two made) were basically hardtop street-legal versions of the W196R Grand Prix race car driven by famed and legendary F1 racecar driver Juan-Manuel Fangio. Engineers took two left-over chassis of the W196R racecars and created two examples of a masterpiece. They were exclusive and unique in their own right and engineered like nothing else around at the time. The name Uhlenhaut comes from the name of Mercedes-Benz chief engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut, considered to be the father of the SL. The kicker here is that the two 300 SLR Uhlenhaut coupes would only be destined for demonstrations of the speed capabilities that Mercedes could dish out at the time and one serving as the personal vehicle for Mr. Uhlenhaut.

You’ve probably never seen such a vehicle or even heard of it, which roots back to the fact that the vehicle was never privately owned or raced for that matter. Simply, the two vehicles were more of a showcase of what Mercedes-Benz was capable of, a vehicle to remain in a “prototype” form but used by the company. The unique design of the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe at that time utilized the best and most suitable components and materials that were available at the time making such a vehicle one of the most meticulously designed. It is powered by a straight 8-cylinder engine making 306 horsepower at about 7

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By: Malcolm Hogan
Title: What Exactly Is The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe That Sold for $143 Million Making it The Most Expensive Car in the World?
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Published Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 13:48:19 +0000