Mercedes-Benz’s racing legacy drums up unprecedented excitement.
RM Sotheby’s 2023 Las Vegas Auction coincided with the historic return of the Las Vegas Grand Prix in this year’s Formula 1 racing series. After decades without a Las Vegas Grand Prix, its return generated global excitement and fever pitch of anticipation, with various events like RM Sotheby’s auction building the hype even greater.
The serendipity of the auction and the race didn’t stop there, with one of the most anticipated items going up for auction at the event being the 2013 Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 W04, the Formula 1 car raced ten years ago by Lewis Hamilton, winner of an incredible seven F1 Driver’s Championships.
The car was famously driven to victory at 2013’s Hungarian Grand Prix, adding to Hamilton’s record of 103 Formula 1 Grand Prix wins. In addition, the car was part of the final cohort of F1 cars to feature a V8 engine, making it one of the most special pieces of Mercedes-Benz’s illustrious racing history, a sequel to the legendary Silver Arrows, and one of the most special items that went up for auction at the RM Sotheby’s 2023 Las Vegas Auction.
As such, it sold for an incredible price, with the winning bid for the car being a staggering $18,815,000, which made it the highest seller at the auction. Among an incredible group of some of the world’s most expensive and desirable cars, the former Mercedes-AMG F1 car shone through as an inimitable piece of cherished automotive history, elevating the 2023 RM Sotheby’s Las Vegas Auction to a truly unforgettable experience.
With a rich history and roots tracing back to the very first production automobile, as well as a celebrated and admired racing legacy, this incredible auction sale adds yet another layer to the legacy of Mercedes-Benz.
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