Until now, Ferrari held the record for the highest price a car has ever been sold for.
Mercedes-Benz has sold the most expensive collector's car in history, the Mercedes-Benz 300 model, from 1955, for 142 million dollars (135 million euros), surpassing the record held by Ferrari.
As confirmed by the president of Mercedes-Benz, Ola Kaellenius, the vehicle has been sold in a secret auction, held on May 5 at the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart (Germany), where the only two models of this range.
Until now, the Ferrari company held the record for the highest price for which a collector's car has been sold. Specifically, in 2018 he sold the Ferrari 250 GTO model, from 1962, for 48.4 million dollars (45.7 million euros), a price that Mercedes has almost tripled.
The Mercedes model was purchased by British collector Simon Kidston, who said he made the purchase on behalf of an anonymous customer.
The money from the sale will go to launch a Mercedes-Benz fund for training and research scholarships for young people in environmental sciences and decarbonization, according to a statement from the company in charge of this and other classic car auctions RM Sotheby's. .
In the year 1955, the Mercedes-Benz 300 model was recognized as one of the fastest vehicles. In addition, this vehicle stands out for its door opening mechanism, which is why it is qualified as 'gull wings'.
The other model will continue in the Stuttgart museum, Mercedes said in a statement.