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Records were not just broken, but it was completely shattered when RM Sotheby’s sold the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé. One of only two prototypes that were ever produced by the Mercedes-Benz racing department, it has always been regarded as one of the greatest and rarest jewels in motoring history. Only a few collectors ever imagined that it would be publicly offered for sale.

Named after Rudolf Uhlenhaut, its creator and chief engineer, it is arguably one of the most exquisite examples of automotive engineering and design. Automotive experts and enthusiasts the world over are not shy in calling it as the most beautiful car in the world.

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Mercedes-Benz Rennsport prototype 300 SLR “Uhlenhaut-Coupé” (W 196 S), 1955.

And this most beautiful car in the world was just sold for €135,000,000 ($143,000,000).

Based on the W 196 R Grand Prix car which was driven by Juan Manual Fangio to claim two World Championships, the 300 SLR was given a larger 3.0-liter engine specifically for sports car racing. With a top speed of 180 mph, the 300 SLR was one of the fastest road legal cars at the time.

The record-shattering sale happened in an auction held on May 5 at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. RM Sotheby’s worked closely with Mercedes-Benz during the whole process to ensure that the sale was completed to the highest possible standard. Some of the invitees to the event were select Mercedes customers as well as international collectors of cars and art who are in line with Mercedes-Benz’s corporate values.

The winning bid on the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé was an impressive €135,000,000 which immediately made it the most valuable car ever sold. What made the new record more astounding is that it beat the existing record by more than €90,000,000.

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Mercedes-Benz Rennsport prototype 300 SLR “Uhlenhaut-Coupé” (W 196 S), 1955.

Before the sale, the record holder was a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO which was sold by RM Sotheby’s back in 2018. Last May 5, the bidding for the 300 SLR actually opened at a price that immediately exceeded the selling price of the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.

The 300 SLR now sits comfortably amongst the top ten most valuable items ever sold at auction, and is the car to beat as the most expensive car in the world.

Proceeds of the sale will be used to establish a worldwide “Mercedes-Benz Fund” and it will provide educational and research scholarships for young people in areas of environmental science and decarbonization.

Head of Mercedes-Benz Heritage Marcus Breitschwerdt stated, “We are proud that we can contribute with our historical collection to this initiative connecting the past with the future of engineering and decarbonisation technology. The private buyer has agreed that the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé will remain accessible for public display on special occasions, while the second original 300 SLR Coupé remains in company ownership and will continue to be displayed at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.”

RM Sotheby’s Chairman, UK & EMEA Peter Wallman spoke on behalf of RM Sotheby’s and shared, “Words can’t really do justice to the importance and significance of this sale. It’s reasonable to say that nobody ever imagined that this car would ever be offered for sale, so for Mercedes-Benz to ask RM Sotheby’s to conduct the auction was an absolute honour.”

Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe Oliver Barker added, “What an absolute thrill to bring the hammer down on this masterpiece of design and engineering, which now stands shoulder to shoulder with the greatest works of art ever sold. Few ever dreamt that this great jewel of motoring history would ever come for sale, and how fitting that it should happen now, just as we embark on a new and exciting chapter with our partners at RM Sotheby’s.”

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By: Reggie
Title: The Most Valuable Car In The World: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/the-most-valuable-car-in-the-world-1955-mercedes-benz-300-slr-uhlenhaut-coupe/
Published Date: Fri, 20 May 2022 20:39:09 +0000

 

 

 

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

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cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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