Fangio’s Mercedes sells for record ??19.6 million

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Mercedes W196 auction, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2013
A Mercedes Formula One car raced by Juan Manuel Fangio has sold for a record price of ??19.6 ($29.6m) at auction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Mercedes W196, chassis number 00006/54, was raced by Fangio to victory in the 1954 German and Swiss Grands Prix. Fangio went on to win the world championship for the second time that year.

This chassis was one of two produced at Fangio’s request without covered wheels so he could position the car more accurately on the track while driving.

The W196 the most valuable car ever sold at auction, exceeding the 2011 sale price of a Ferrari by ??9.6m. It is the highest price ever fetched by an F1 car or a Mercedes of any kind.

The car was presented at auction on an original Mercedes race car transporter.

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33 comments on Fangio’s Mercedes sells for record ??19.6 million

  1. JackySteeg (@jackysteeg) said on 12th July 2013, 21:57

    Wow. And there I was feeling really good about myself for saving up £35 to go to Silverstone next week.

  2. Jarv F150 (@jarvf150) said on 12th July 2013, 22:22

    I guess I just want to know if it was bought for love or an investment.

    It would be sad to see something like this locked in a vault to do nothing but add digits to a bank account somewhere or be traded like a bar of gold.

    • As a guitarist I feel the same way when I see collectors with vintage 50’s and 60’s Fender Strats locked away in vaults and never ever used. What is the point? These things are to be used and enjoyed. It makes me sad.

  3. Fisha695 (@fisha695) said on 13th July 2013, 1:39

    They were talking about this on NBC Nightly News tonight (Brian Williams the anchor is a big motorsports fan) and it was said that the reason it went for so much was because the car WAS NOT restored and that it still had the dents, dings, rubber build-up, dirt, etc on it from it’s last race and that if it had been cleaned & restored that it wouldn’t have went for nearly as much.

  4. Diego (@ironcito) said on 13th July 2013, 3:30

    Does anyone know if there’s a reason for the exhaust pointing at the rear wheel? Did they use the gases to heat up the tires, or something?

  5. For Sure (@forsure) said on 13th July 2013, 12:03

    I love how streamlined the transporter looks, especially from the rear. Wonder if it was included in the 19.6 million pounds?

  6. sonia luff (@sonia54) said on 13th July 2013, 13:43

    Why shouldn’t it be driven , i had the pleasure of watching Sir Stirling Moss race his 1955 Mercedes up the hill yesterday and it sounded great

  7. Gaston (@golarrazabal) said on 14th July 2013, 18:58

    Now donate it to Sauber, but they would still be £400k short :(

  8. pSynrg (@psynrg) said on 15th July 2013, 13:22

    Fools! They could have bought 20 Bugatti Veyrons for that!

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