Fangio’s Grand Prix Racing car to auction



2015-06-26 10:57:09

Fangio’s Grand Prix Racing car to auction

A significant Grand Prix racing car, discovered after three decades of hiding out incognito in a warehouse, is set to fetch as much as £5 million at auction in July.

The 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 was driven by the five time Formula One world champion Juan Manuel Fangio.

In this very car, Fangio won both the 1954 German and Swiss Grand Prix races, the latter 58.7 seconds ahead of his competitor Gonzalez’s Ferrari.

This car bears chassis number ‘00006/54’, significant as the first open-wheeled slipper-bodied post-war Mercedes-Benz to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix race.

It was also the first time a Formula 1 car possessed the innovative technologies of a fuel-injected engine, independent suspension, multi-tubular spaceframe lightweight chassis design, all-round inboard mounted brakes, and power take-off from the centre of the engine’s long 8-cylinder crankshaft to minimise vibration.

Chairman of Bonhams Robert Brooks who is handling the sale commented: ‘My motoring auction career spans five decades and I have been privileged to have handled some of the world’s most desirable and important motor cars. To handle the sale of this legendary W196 Grand Prix Car – the only one out of captivity– could well be the pinnacle’.

All in all, this presents the opportunity to acquire an incredibly historically significant car. The racer comes unrestored, with all original bumps and scrapes. It will auction at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed sale on July 12.


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