Juan Manuel Fangio’s Daily Driver Going Under the Hammer
This is why we weren’t surprised when the 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 F1 car sold for a stunning $29.6 million during an auction event held by Bonhams at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. But the vehicle that will go under the hammer next month is different to say the least. It’s not a Mercedes, an Alfa Romeo or a Ferrari. Actually, it’s not even a race car. It’s just a 1970 IKA Torino, a car Fangio used to drive on the road long after he quit racing.
Before you scratch your head further, the IKA Torino was built in Argentina starting 1966, when the Industrias Kaiser Argentina signed an agreement with American Motors Corporation. The vehicle was underpinned by an AMC platform as was sold with two inline six engines until 1982. In 1978, IKA became Renault Argentina.
The vehicle in question, a Torino 380S, will be auctioned off without reserve at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show on November 15-16. I won’t be as expensive as the Mercedes W196, but we’re sure anxious to find out the amount it’ll fetch.