Reinventing the Wheels
German vehicles are truly in a category of their own. The four-stroke internal combustion engine was invented in Germany in the late 1800s. It was the dawn of the automobile era, and by 1901, German automakers were producing 900 cars a year. In the ensuing century-plus, Germany has become synonymous with automotive precision, performance, and innovation. Why else would a German car, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe, break the record for most expensive car ever sold, fetching a jaw-dropping $143 million at auction? Here are the German cars that truly raised the bar — which, in many cases, had been set by an earlier German car.