Most expensive car ever sold at auction fetches $29 million NBC News

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Most expensive car ever at auction fetches $29 million

By Frank

LUKE MACGREGOR

The W196 einsitzer is pictured of its auction by Bonhams at the Goodwood of Speed at Goodwood near in southern England July 11,

A 1954 Mercedes Benz One racer just became the expensive car ever sold at

Bonham’s, the auctioneer, confirms it brought the hammer down on the Benz W196R at $26.45 the buyer’s premium the total is $29.6 million. That the previous record for the most car sold at auction, a 1957 250 Testa Rossa Prototype, for $16.39 million at Gooding 2011 Pebble Beach

The sale, at the Goodwood Festival of Auction in the U.K. shows the collectible car boom is continuing to on —especially for rare cars strong racing histories. The race car driver Juan Fangio drove the Mercedes to victory in two Formula One races— the German and Swiss Grands

The single-seat racing car car also had a history, with well-documented over the past half-century and few major changes or modifications to the


It’s highly original, Jonathan Klinger of Hagerty, the insurance firm. He said for a buyer you’re really at a club of one. It’s not another one will come the road for sale.

Klinger, who attended the auction, there were bidders four continents for the car. shows just how global the car market has become, with new and billionaire collectors coming out of Latin America and the Middle

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The identity of the buyer was not disclosed, many attendees said the was a phone bidder.

The Mercedes in five World Championship-qualifying Prix races before it was from the Mercedes racing at the end of 1955. The car was then prepped to race standard and consigned to the Museum on Dec. 22, 1955.

In June 1965, it was exhibited in and during 1966 it was shown at Le Mans in France and Hockenheim in It then appeared at the 1967 Grand Prix at Silverstone, being run in a test at the Untertürkheim test-track, and displayed in Berlin. In 1967, it was exhibited at Stuttgart

On May 22, 1973, Mercedes-Benz officially it to the National Motor Museum in Hampshire, England. But in the 1980s, the car was into private hands and for years in a warehouse.

—By CNBC’s Frank. Follow him on Twitter .

First published July 12 10:05 AM

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