Mercedes-Benz Auctions off the Most Valuable Car in the World For A Great Cause!
Mercedes-Benz has been busy! With the production of various electric vehicles, releasing body styles and specs of the 2023 line-up, and planning future line-ups, Mercedes-Benz has increased their presence by entering into the realm of philanthropy!
Mercedes-Benz has created a scholarship program, The Mercedes-Benz Fund, to support young minds worldwide, focusing on areas of environmental science and decarbonization. The funding for this global initiative is directly from the auction of one of the rarest vehicles to exist: The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé. This vehicle is 1 of 2 prototypes ever created and is a milestone in sports car development. This gorgeous beast was sold for 135 million EUR, or $142,421,490 USD and is described by Mercedes-Benz themself as “an absolute rarity…one of the finest examples of automotive engineering and design by automotive experts and enthusiasts worldwide.” The 1955 300 SLR is more than deserving of the high accolades and recognition. Motorsport Guru Karl Ludvigsen described the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR as “one of the most exciting cars that Mercedes-Benz has ever built.” This statement by Ludvigsen is especially true when reviewing the specs of the vehicle, which is only emphasized in combination to the expectations and the technological availabilities of the mid 1950s.
Described by the creator Rudolf Uhlenhaut himself as a “hot-heeled touring car”, the name fits the bill! This rare coupé outputs 310 horsepower and weights a little short of 2,500lbs; it was the fastest car registerable for use on public roads during its release era. Unfortunately, Mercedes-Benz felt the demand was extremely low for such a speedy, yet elegant and relaxed, sports coupé during the mid-1950s, sealing its fate to it’s extremely recherché title 67 years later.
The proceeds from this auction will seed Mercedes-Benz’ global scholarship program to encourage the new generations to develop amazing and new technology to follow in Rudolf’s innovative footsteps. The Mercedes-Benz Fund will focus supporting young people in their commitment to studying and creating a more sustainable future, “We are convinced that access to education in these areas will be crucial in encountering the great challenges of our time and contribute to greater stability, prosperity and social cohesion” explains Renata Jungo Brüngger, who is a board member of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG for Integrity and Legal Affairs, and is mainly responsible for the governance of the Mercedes-Benz Fund.
Everyone at Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown has supreme faith in the next generations of engineers and designers. In addition with the Mercedes-Benz Fund, this faith transforms into outright confidence. The generosity of Mercedes-Benz to auction off such a rare classic vehicle for environmental funding shows just how serious Mercedes-Benz is to their commitment to sustainability and producing all-electric vehicles; Mercedes-Benz strives toward 70% of energy production to be offset by renewable energy by 2030. Mercedes-Benz has also pledged to product strictly all-electric vehicles until the end of this decade, and aims to cut the carbon footprint per passenger car by more than half by 2030.
The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR now holds a spot on the list for top ten most valuable items of any type to ever be sold at auction. Knowing there are only two of these gorgeous vehicles in the world, it is natural to wonder where the second half of the matching set is; The second 300 SLR Coupé remains in Mercedes-Benz ownership and will continue to be displayed at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.