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Supercar Blondie Gives Us a Tour Of The Most Expensive Car In The World

Supercar Blondie spends time with one of only two Mercedes 300 SLR, which is currenty the most expensive Car in the World

Supercar Blondie has made it a habit of giving us the tour on some of the most epic cars and concepts ever created. Lately, this included quite a few legendary classics, and the one Supercar Blondie is showing us this time is arguably the ultimate – a Mercedes 300 SLR of which only two were made. And she even managed to get behind the wheel and drive it.

Supercar Blondie Gives Us a Tour Of The Most Expensive Car In The World
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To this day, both cars are kept by Mercedes in Stuttgart
One of them (this one) is a regular resident of the Mercedes Benz Museum, in Stuttgart, while the other is said to have been locked in a vault

With so much happening in the automotive world, it’s sometimes difficult to keep track of everything that’s going on. In 2018, the most expensive car in the world was the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO chassis number #4513. The car was purchased by WeatherTech CEO and founder, David MacNeil, for the price of $70.0 million.

As for the Mercedes 300 SLR, Supercar Blondie tells us it costs over $100.0 million, which makes it the most expensive car in the world at the moment. There were only two of these ever made and the roadster version actually took part in the disastrous 1955 LeMans race, after which Mercedes retired from racing for a long time.

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This was partially thanks to the engine, which was based on a Formula One unit
The 3.0-liter, fuel-injected, inline-eight makes 310 horsepower
The 3.0-liter fuel-injected straight-eight engine was a bored and stroked version of the 2.5-liter unit used in the 1954 Mercedes W196 Formula One racecar.

However, in the SLR (Sport Light Racer), it develops 310 horsepower, allowing the car to reach speeds of around 180 mph (290 km/h).

Mercedes 300 SLR specifications
Engine 3.0-liter fuel-injected straight-eight
Power 310 HP
Top Speed 180 mph

In the video, Supercar Blondie is more focused on the quirks and features (I’m sure some of you already know the 300 SLR’s history). Starting from the back, the SLR Uhlenhaut coupe – named after its designer, Rudolf Uhlenhaut – features a “D” under the Mercedes emblem, which when pulled properly opens the trunk lid, which reveals the fuel tank and space for two spare wheels.

Our favorite Blondie then steps inside the 300 SLR, but not before removing the big wooden steering wheel. As you’ll see, even Supercar Blondie doesn’t quite manage to pull off the graceful getting-in, despite the gullwing doors providing plenty of room.

At 1:07, Blondie points our attention to the car’s floor, which reveals two separate footwells for the driver’s feet. You’ll find the clutch pedal in the left footwell, which is separated from the brake and throttle, located in the right driver footwell. This is due to the driveshaft passing from the left side of the car as opposed to the center.

We then move to the front of the silver “Merc” where Blondie opens the long front hood, only to reveal the 3.0-liter inline-eight engine in all its glory. We also see in-board front brakes – something we don’t see on modern cars. It also reduces unsprung weight, thus improving the handling.

She then heads back inside the beautiful red interior, to walk us through the five-speed gated manual. There is a first-gear lockout, which requires you to push a button on top of the shifter, in order to put it in gear. There’s also a manual reverse lockout, which needs to be pulled up in order to reveal the “gate” for it.

The cherry on top, of course, is when Supercar Blondie fires up the 300 SLR. Since there are only two of these in existence and the Mercedes-Benz Museum was gracious enough to bring out the car, we doubt the drive was very long, but it’s more than what I’ve done. Watch the video below and feast your eyes and ears on this epic piece of automotive history.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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