A British billionaire has reportedly forked out the equal of 400 Mercedes-AMG GT sporting activities cars and trucks to protected a 66-12 months-previous “Uhlenhaut” coupe.
The document price tag paid for a auto may have just about tripled this 7 days, with a historic Mercedes-Benz reportedly promoting for €135 million ($AU204m).
According to Hagerty United kingdom, 1 of just two 1956 ‘Silver Arrow’ 300 SLR “Uhlenhaut” coupes at any time developed has been offloaded from the German automobile giant’s non-public selection.
The outlet promises 10 rich collectors were being quietly flown into Stuttgart for the auction underneath rigorous disorders, like a assure the successful bidder would not re-market the auto.
The consumer has not been disclosed, nonetheless is reportedly a “well-known determine from Britain’s automotive market and a very long-standing collector of expert cars.”
If the promises confirm to be exact, this would comfortably make it most highly-priced motor vehicle of all time – the former history holder was a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO bought in 2018 for $US48.5 million ($AU70 million).
Various other autos – which includes many Ferraris and a Bugatti – have been rumoured to offer for additional, having said that these statements have not been substantiated.
The 1956 300 SLR “Uhlenhaut” coupes have been modified highway-authorized variants of the 300 SLR race car – finest recognized for a catastrophic accident at Le Mans that left 83 spectators lifeless.
While quite a few examples were being set to be built for consumer sale, the undertaking was cancelled pursuing the incident and Mercedes-Benz’s subsequent exit from motorsport.
A 3.-litre straight-eight petrol motor sent 228kW/317Nm to the rear wheels by means of a five-pace manual transmission, letting the -100km/h sprint to be completed in a claimed 7.7 seconds.
Best velocity arrived at 290km/h, earning it easily the swiftest street-heading auto to have at any time been developed at the time.