According to the company, the car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has auctioned off one of only two examples of the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut coupe for 135 million euros. According to Mercedes, the car from 1955, named after the engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut, is the most expensive car to date.

As the company announced on Thursday in Stuttgart, the sale took place during a campaign on May 5 in the car company’s museum. The buyer is a private collector. The second copy remains in the possession of Mercedes and will continue to be exhibited in the museum.

The Uhlenhaut coupés are “milestones in sports car development and important historical cornerstones of our brand,” said Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-Benz, according to a statement. The proceeds will be used to finance a global scholarship program, the “Mercedes-Benz Fund”. According to Källenius, this should encourage a new generation to develop new technologies, especially for decarbonization and resource conservation. The funds are intended for students and pupils who otherwise do not have sufficient financial resources.

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