Mercedes W196 (1954-5) pictures

Mercedes’ return to Grand Prix racing in 1954 was highly anticipated.

They dominated the championship on their comeback, Juan Manuel Fangio winning with the W196 in France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy on his way to the title. The car featured both conventional and ‘streamliner’ body shells.

They picked up where they left off in 1955, Fangio and Stirling Moss dominating the championship. Fangio won the title again, but Mercedes left the sport at the end of the year after being involved in the terrible crash at Le Mans that year which killed over 80 spectators and one of their drivers, Pierre Levegh.

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