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Mercedes-Benz W196

A Singular Mercedes Aims for Record


The rarity and significance of the car make it a contender to set a for an automobile sold at auction. by Fangio to wins at the grands of Germany and Switzerland in its debut it is the only one of the 14 built for the Mercedes team in 1954 and 1955 found its way to a private owner.

The high-water mark for a car sold at auction is $16.4 million, by a 1957 Ferrari Testa racing sports car of unimpressive at a sale in Pebble Beach, in August 2011. The Mercedes to be conducted by Bonhams, has attracted attention because of the car’s engineering and its dominance in both of its competitive career, taking to consecutive world drivers

The W196 — the factory’s internal for the cars — was built in two versions, and with a streamlined body, and three different wheelbases. The car was by an in-line 8-cylinder engine had its power takeoff in the middle, it the equivalent of two 4-cylinder engines, a intended to minimize crankshaft The engine’s valvetrain used a system for positive mechanical and closing, and it was equipped with injection, an innovation at the time.

Ten of the original 14 cars still six remain with Mercedes and are in museums, in Indianapolis, Vienna and Italy.

The continuing surge in the paid for classic cars has rise to speculation of a sale of around $20 million. Other — the car can’t be driven without a staff of mechanics, it can’t be for the road — may keep it out of record though.

A veteran collector and car dealer, Don head of the Blackhawk Collection, has for years that the “heavy with millions to spend go to auctions. But, he said in a interview, “If you don’t buy this you won’t be able to find

Mercedes-Benz W196

The top prices in recent private — generally accepted as correct by close to the transactions but not confirmed by the involved — are on another scale: $40 in 2010 for a 1936 Bugatti by Peter Mullin, who specializes in cars, and $35 million for a 1964 250 GTO coupe by the collector Craig last year.

The W196 for sale at Goodwood was by Daimler-Benz to the Beaulieu National Museum in Britain in 1973 the understanding that it would be in the museum. But there was no binding

The museum eventually sold it to the heavy equipment manufacturer Sir Bamford. It later went to a collector, then to a German, and 10 years ago was bought by a member of the family of Qatar.

Whatever the sale price, the escalation in the vintage and classic car has been little short of When Henry Manney, a Track editor, brought his GTO to California from Europe in the he had no takers at $8,000 and had to lower the to $6,000.

By these standards, the collector Dr. Peter Williamson what must have considered an exorbitant price in 1971, he gave $59,000 for the car now by Mr. Mullin.

Mercedes-Benz W196
Mercedes-Benz W196
Mercedes-Benz W196
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