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A Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe from 1955 has been sold at auction for a record price of €135 million to a private collector.
The gullwing-doored car is one of just two prototypes built. Named after its creator and chief engineer, Rudolf Uhlenhaut, it is considered to be one of the finest examples of automotive engineering and design by automotive experts and enthusiasts worldwide.
Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, said: "The 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupes are milestones in sports car development and key historical elements that have shaped our brand.
"The decision to sell one of these two unique sports cars was taken with very sound reasoning - to benefit a good cause. The proceeds from the auction will fund a global scholarship program.
"With the Mercedes-Benz Fund we would like to encourage a new generation to follow in Rudolf Uhlenhaut's innovative footsteps and develop amazing new technologies, particularly those that support the critical goal of decarbonization and resource preservation."
Källenius added: "At the same time, achieving the highest price ever paid for a vehicle is extraordinary and humbling: A Mercedes-Benz is by far the most valuable car in the world."
The sale of the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe took place on 5 May at an auction held at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in cooperation with renowned auctioneer RM Sotheby's. The invitees were among selected Mercedes-Benz customers and international collectors of cars and art, who share the corporate values of Mercedes-Benz.