Classic #f1 Car For Sale – 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 – Ex Works Fangio Car
THE CAR JUST SOLD AT AUCTION FOR £17,500,000
Listed for Auction at Bonhams The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale: Collector’s Motor Cars and Automobilia on July 12th.
You can find more info on the Auction here
From the press release about the sale.
It is the 1954 2½-liter straight-8 Mercedes-Benz W196 einsitzer– chassis number ‘00006/54’ – in which five-times World Champion Driver Juan Manuel Fangio won both the 1954 German and Swiss Grand Prix races. These great victories were the first two to be achieved in succession by the frontier-technology Mercedes-Benz factory Formula 1 team in its postwar racing come-back. Chassis ‘00006’ also has special significance as the first open-wheeled slipper-bodied postwar Mercedes-Benz ever to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix race – having made its debut in that German GP.
The car’s innovative W196 design also marked the successful introduction to Formula 1 of the following technologies:
Multi-tubular ‘spaceframe’ lightweight chassis design
All-round inboard-mounted brakes
The in-line or ‘straight-8’ engine ‘lay-down’ configuration to minimize the car’s overall height
Power take-off from the center of the engine’s long 8-cylinder crankshaft to minimize vibration
For much more info read the press release
Also watch this great video of Fangio in action.