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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.

Returning to Grands Prix for the time since the 1930s their engines were supercharged), Mercedes-Benz studied options and concluded, as did the competition, unblown 2.5 liters offered potential. However, their design was far from ordinary.

The engine’s direct fuel evolved from that of the DB 600 aircraft engine powering the Bf 109 fighter. Image from

The W196 engine is a straight-eight, but as a pair of four-cylinder blocks, with integrated head. and gear drive for its twin camshafts come from the of the engine, between cylinders and five. This mid-engine mitigates any flexing of its lengthy

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 drums. (Discs were not yet in Formula 1; Jaguar was exceptional in them in its sports cars.) To unsprung weight, the W196’s are mounted inboard, acting on the wheels through substantial those at the rear on either of the differential.

Mercedes introduced the with fully enveloping but drivers preferred the open-wheel Here, at Monza in 1954, is followed by the Ferrari of Froilán

Engineers recognized the aerodynamic of enclosed wheels, and W196 placed 1-2 in their debut at the French Grand Prix at the Reims circuit. Even though, crumpled bodywork at Silverstone circuit, and open-wheel were produced in time for German Grand Prix. The reappeared at Monza, another high-speed venue, where placed 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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