The car that is thought to be the most expensive car in the world will be in the Louwman Museum in the coming months. The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé can be seen from 7 July to 2 September at the exhibition Silver Arrows.
100 million: The most expensive car in the world
Of course we went to take a look at the preview of this exhibition. Those who have regularly been to the Mercedes-Benz Museum or to events such as the Festival of Speed may have seen the cars before. But then it is still special to see them so close to home, all together. Of course, this applies in the first place to the Uhlenhaut Coupé, the car that is thought to be the most expensive car in the world. In fact, 'most valuable' is a better expression, because the word 'expensive' suggests that there is a price. However, the chance that Mercedes wants to say goodbye to the car is totally absent. However, it is estimated that the car has a value of 100 million euros.
Stopover in Zandvoort
Yet the other cars are no less special, certainly not for the Netherlands. One of the cars, a W196 R, is the car with which Fangio won the Grand Prix of Zandvoort in 1955. At 0,3 second he was followed by Stirling Moss, also in a Mercedes. The victory also ensured that Mercedes won the world championship that year.
No wonder the Louwman Museum and Mercedes-Benz arranged a stopover on the circuit on the way to the museum. Huub Dubbelman, until recently the Dutch PR manager at the brand: 'I had wanted to do a photo session with that car on the circuit for so long, for at least 15 years. You can imagine how happy I am that I have finally succeeded. "
A total of seven cars from the factory collection can be seen at the museum in The Hague, all from the '50 years.
- 1952 300 SL (W194)
- 1954-55 300 SL Gullwing (W198)
- 1954-55 W196 R
- 1954-55 W196 R Streamliner
- 1955 300 SLR (W196 S)
- 1955 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé (W196 S)
- 1955 Renntransporter
If after visiting the exhibition you want to find out more about the cars, you can purchase the 100 page that was made as a result of the exhibition. It describes all cars, although in English and German.
As far as we are concerned, a visit to the exhibition is highly recommended - if only because you have a good reason to walk through the rest of the museum again. Even if you have been to the Louwman Museum before, it is worth it. The museum continues to innovate. Recently an electric Baker from the beginning of the last century, a Mercedes 190 from 1986 painted by Karel Appel and a Toyota i-Unit from 2005 have been added to the collection.