The ex-Works/Juan Manuel Fangio  German and Swiss Grand Prix Winning  1954 2½-litre Mercedes-Benz W1
1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater
Sold for £19,600,00, Goodwood A world record for a car sold at auction

Art Market Review

Issue 7, January - July 2013

Page 40

A truly exceptional car, it was driven by the great Argentinean Juan-Manuel Fangio to clinch the 1954 Formula 1 World Drivers Championship and is the only W196R left in private hands. The W196R marked the return of Mercedes-Benz to Grand Prix racing after a gap of 15 years and it swept all before it, enabling Fangio to win the championship in 1954 and 1955. He drove this particular car to victory in the 1954 Swiss Grand Prix to secure that year's title. For motor racing enthusiasts the W196R is legendary and the combination of a make of such distinction and a driver regarded by many as the greatest of all time made this car highly sought after. The exceptional figure of £19.6m - double the previous highest price paid for a car at auction - bears this out as did the world-wide media coverage the sale attracted. For me, it was a career high spot and for Bonhams a privilege to have been involved with such a very special car.

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