The previous record price for a car sold at auction was $15 million – the equivalent price of the W196 is about $29,659,000.
The car was sold to a telephone bidder, whose identity hasn’t been revealed. Bonhams confirmed that there were 11 bidders in total, with three in the room at Goodwood and eight telephone bidders, the majority of which were from the US.
There’s more at the link. Here’s a video report about the car.
Thirty million dollars for a vintage automobile – one that probably won’t be driven at all, or at least not very far! Verily, the mind doth boggle . . .