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Fangio's 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 Heads to Goodwood Auction


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Just the Facts:
  • Juan Manuel Fangio's 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 Formula One racecar may set a new record for a car sold at auction when it crosses the block at Bonhams' Goodwood auction in July.
  • Bonhams describes it as "the most important historic Grand Prix racing car ever offered at public auction."
  • It was the car Fangio used to win the 1954 German and Swiss Grands Prix.

GOODWOOD, England — Juan Manuel Fangio's 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 Formula One racecar may set a new record for a car sold at auction when it crosses the block at Bonhams' Goodwood auction in July.

Bonhams describes it as "the most important historic Grand Prix racing car ever offered at public auction."

It was the car Fangio used to win the 1954 German and Swiss Grands Prix.

Bonhams has not offered a pre-sale estimate on the car and has not identified the owner.

A vintage 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, one of only three of its kind ever produced, is believed to hold the record after being sold at a 2010 auction for over $30 million.

Bonhams says the Mercedes-Benz W196 is significant because it marked the successful introduction to Formula One of the fuel-injected engine, all-independent suspension, spaceframe lightweight chassis design and the inline or straight-8 engine "lay-down" configuration to minimize the car's overall height.

The car has been described as the automotive equivalent of a Picasso or Rembrandt.

Edmunds says: Expect this landmark car to fetch a stratospheric sum.

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