Mercedes Makes Ground-Breaking $140 Million Record Over Latest Auction Masterclass

Published 06/16/2022, 3:15 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 27, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Synonymous with luxury, the Mercedes Benz was and will always be a class apart. The German automobile manufacturers were founded in 1926 and ever since have conquered so much in the automotive world.

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It’s safe to say the Mercedes has diversified since then by entering the pinnacle of motorsport. And without a Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team, we wouldn’t have witnessed the most dominant display by a team in the past decade. A dominant display both by a constructor and driver propelled Mercedes to the fourth most successful team in the sport’s history.

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However, diverting our attention from F1, a particular Mercedes Benz car, has become the most valuable in the world. One of the two Mercedes Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé is worth a whopping $141 million. You read that right! Sold at an auction, the sleek and stylish Mercedes Benz Uhlenhaut is the world’s most valuable car.

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They named the two prototypes after the creator and chief engineer, Rudolf Uhlenhaut. The late and celebrated engineer is considered the father of SL and other legendary Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Through the Mercedes-Benz fund, the proceeds of the auction will spread the ideologies of Uhlenhaut. The fund will focus on the coming generations’ commitment and actions towards a sustainable future.

A fitting use of the proceeds from the late engineer’s prototype as they fund the coming generation’s education.

Mercedes speaks about their concerns over proposing

The theme of the 2022 season so far has been the top teams and the porpoising. Both major concerns, as the 2022 regulations can be blamed for the two. There’s a wider gap between the midfield and the top teams and there is massive bouncing for most cars on the grid. And even the cars immune to the porpoising problem so far in the season experienced some degree of it in Baku.

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Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 10, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after practice alongside his physiotherapist Angela Cullen REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

The Silver Arrows are worse off with both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell complaining from the start. The bouncing was hampering the performance of the two drivers, but after the race in Baku, even health was a concern. Especially for Hamilton, as the world champion experienced back pain throughout the weekend.

“I think it’s just a matter of time before we see a major incident,” warned George Russell, as the bouncing has convinced the Mercedes driver.

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If the situation remains unchanged, Russell’s statement might become true, which will not be a good sign for the 2022 regulations.

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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.

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