BBC News Fangio's rare F1 Mercedes sells for ВЈ17 5m

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Fangio#039;s rare F1 Mercedes for ВЈ17.5m

Juan Manuel won two Grand Prix in the Mercedes

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A rare car driven by Formula 1 legend Manuel Fangio has sold for in what is believed to be a record for a car at auction.

The Mercedes-Benz W196, in the five-time world champion his second title, was auctioned at Festival of Speed.

He drove the to victory in the 1954 German and Grand Prix.

The previous record was set by a 1957 Ferrari 250 Rossa Prototype which for $16.4m (ВЈ10.8m) in 2011.

BBC Formula 1 writer Andrew said the car was the motorsport equivalent of a work of art.


Andrew Benson F1 writer

A price-tag of ВЈ17.5m for a car that is nearly 60 years old seem absurd to some. It is the of money that great of art fetch at auction. But that is how the Mercedes W196 is viewed the motorsport world.

This car set a new in Formula 1, winning nine of 12 through the 1954 and #039;55 all but one of them at the hands of the Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio. The went to Stirling Moss.

The isn#039;t beautiful in the way of, say, a 250F — the car that drove to the last of his five titles — but it has a striking about it.

As with all great cars, it came with innovations in this case, desmodronic and fuel injection.

Add in that only competed in F1 for two years in the not returning with its own team 2010, and that this example was driven to two wins by a man still regard as the greatest driver that has ever and that price perhaps a little more understandable.

He it was not as beautiful as some of the other at the time but had a striking purposefulness it.

The German-made car was sold to a private over the telephone, Bonhams

‘Very important car’

buyers from three had shown interest in the vehicle, was sold in its current condition noticeable blemishes.

James Knight, group director at Bonhams, said: At inclusive [commission and taxes], a new world record by some

Our own personal record of ВЈ5m was last year for a Bentley.

The that we achieved today is three times that, so extraordinary.

We always knew it was a very, very important

The 2.5-litre vehicle — number 00006/54 — was driven by Fangio#039;s teammate Kling in the 1955 Italian Prix in Monza but suffered failure.

Bonhams said it was to the Daimler-Benz Museum in Germany that year and exhibited at Le in France, the British Grand at Silverstone and Hockenheim in Germany the 1960s.

A spokeswoman for Bonhams said: is the only Mercedes-Benz W196 in hands. It is the only surviving W196 to have won not just one Prix, but two.

Lowdown on the

Mercedes-Benz W196

World champion five

51 grand prix starts


28 pole positions

Its stature is not only as the iconic Fangio car of the but also as a shining star of Mercedes-Benz engineering and as an icon of recovery.

Motoring historian Nye said: In every area of the there is evidence of just the fantastic workmanship. It was designed by sophisticated, high-tech engineers.

handcrafted and it#039;s just a piece of mechanical jewellery.

Following the sale, he said if Fangio was alive today he shake his head and smile a smile.

He was a humble man, a mechanic from a potato in Argentina, and he never forgot his he said.

As a driver, he was simply a As a man he had no enemies. He was universally loved, by those he regularly beat on

No standard-setting sportsman could a better epitaph.

Bonhams Robert Brooks said: I handled some of the world#039;s desirable and important motor during a motoring auction spanning five decades, but I reached a peak today this legendary Grand car.

Argentinian racing Juan Manuel Fangio won world championships, the first in 1951.

The auction was held to mark the anniversary of the Goodwood Festival of in Chichester in West Sussex.

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Mercedes-Benz W196
Mercedes-Benz W196


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