It’s rumored that 10 wealthy cars collectors were secretly invited and participated on a Stuttgart auction in an undisclosed location under strict conditions, including a guarantee the successful bidder would not re-sell the car. The auction was held by Mercedes. A historic Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow 300 SLR “Uhlenhaut Coupe” reportedly sold for 142 million. It is one of just two hardtop coupes ever created by Mercedes-Benz after the war. They were named after Rudolf Uhlenhaut, the head of Mercedes’ Test Department . The Silver Arrow was one of the most potent race cars of its day. It could hit 180 mph. But before the Uhlenhaut Coupes could be raced, Mercedes pulled out of all motor racing completely, for decades, following the 1955 Le Mans disaster in which 84 people were killed and 120 more were injured.
The buyer at this auction, if a real one, hasn’t been revealed. The previous record holder was a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold in 2018 for $US48.5 million. The news about the auction is however controversial under aspect of veridicity. Karl Ludvigsen, a respected automotive historian said: “I haven’t heard of a direct sale such as you suggest. The reason for a high price would simply be that they are never sold.” „“The cars in that band have never been officially sold by Mercedes-Benz,” he also detailed.