F1 of a kind Fangio’s 1954 Mercedes W196 up for auction Billionaire

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F1 of a kind: Fangio’s 1954 W196 up for auction

Anyone for the ultimate in collector’s car kudos be wise to head along to year’s Bonhams auction at the Festival of Speed. There find a vehicle with and chipped paintwork, an ill-fitting stained upholstery, a non-running — and an anticipated value of $10 million.

The in question is the 1954 Mercedes-Benz Formula One car in which none than five-time world Juan Manuel Fangio won year’s German and Swiss Prix.

Of the nine examples of the W196 this is the only one not owned by a major national collection or by itself — making the impending a genuine ‘once in a lifetime’

After the factory team out of racing in 1955 (having seen off the opposition in all classes), allocated four 196s to national collections. This chassis 00006/54, went to National Motor Museum at which subsequently sold it Bamford of JCB fame. It then to the legendary French collector Setton, who ran it on the private race at his chateau outside Paris, selling it on to German industrialist Loh.

It was in Loh’s ownership that the car ran, fittingly enough at the Festival of Speed back in Since then the W196 has in the possession of a mystery owner who has it stored in a warehouse away the public gaze.

Remarkably, despite having to several owners, the car has been as complete and original by experts the Mercedes-Benz historic department — and the is that, with little than some gentle its slant-eight, 2.5 litre engine once more be made to into life.

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