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Mercedes-Benz W196


A car, the 1954 Ex-Juan Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196 Prix machine, recently hands for a fabulous price—$29.7 This Bonhams sale, at Festival of Speed on July 12, set a record for a car at auction.

Indeed, a more than a month on August 17, 2013, a Ferrari 275 Spyder with North Racing Team heritage this price in an auction of $27.5 million. And, we’re talking money, I that private transactions of $30 have been reported for of Ferrari 250 GTOs.

The Mercedes-Benz W196 Grand car at Bonhams, Goodwood Festival of Image from Bonhams.

But it the money that interests me It’s the technical wizardry of the W196, something this car retain despite any future exuberances.

The World Drivers’ started in 1950, with displacements of cars for the first few Italian machines dominated, Alfa Romeo, then and Maserati, the latter through the of El Maestro . Argentine Juan Fangio. For the 1954 season, regulations called for displacements of aspirated 2.5 liters or supercharged 750 cc.

to Grands Prix for the first since the 1930s (when engines were invariably Mercedes-Benz studied both and concluded, as did the competition, that 2.5 liters offered more However, their engine was far from ordinary.

The W196 engine’s direct injection evolved from of the Daimler DB 600 aircraft engine the Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter. Image Bonhams.

The W196 engine is a but fabricated as a pair of four-cylinder each with integrated Output and gear drive for its overhead camshafts come the middle of the engine, between four and five. This output mitigates any flexing of its crankshaft.

Engineering drawing of 300 SLR engine desmodromic drive as W196′s; block construction). Image Daimler-Benz A.G.

A conventional cam opens each valve; a rocker arm returns it to the closed This desmodromic hardware valve spring float. motorcycles have featured valves since 1956.)

the engine to 60 degrees from reduces its height and, height of the bodywork. For optimal weight distribution, the engine completely aft of the front wheel Typical of the era, the W196 is a space frame of small-diameter

W196 packaging: front-mid tubular space frame, inboard-mounted front and rear brakes. Image from A.G.

Mercedes-Benz W196

Brakes are bi-metal finned (Discs were not yet ubiquitous in 1; Jaguar was exceptional in having in its sports cars.) To minimize weight, the W196’s drums are inboard, acting on the front through substantial shafts, at the rear on either side of the

Mercedes introduced the W196 fully enveloping bodywork, but preferred the open-wheel version. at Monza in 1954, Fangio is by the Ferrari of Froilán González.

recognized the aerodynamic benefits of wheels, and W196 Stromlinienwagens 1-2 in their debut at the 1954 Grand Prix at the high-speed circuit. Even Fangio, crumpled bodywork at England’s circuit, and open-wheel variants produced in time for Nürburgring’s Grand Prix. The Stromlinienwagens at Monza, another open venue, where Fangio first.

Mercedes factory team carry this plaid Image from Bonhams.

In the and 1955 seasons, W196s won of the 12 races entered. The Mercedes-Benz 300 in many ways a two-seat took the 1955 World Championship as well. for a Bonhams video.

The car was consigned to the auction by the Emir of Qatar; its was “an overseas bidder on the telephone.” One who didn’t mind the cost of the what a fabulous outcome! ds

© Dennis Simanaitis,,

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