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Famous 1954 Mercedes-Benz Race Car to be Auctioned at Goodwood

1954 was a great year for Argentine driver Juan Manuel Fangio and Mercedes-Benz in Formula One. Fangio drove the W196 single-seater to four victories in six races, winning the drivers' championship for the second time in his career.
Fangio in the Mercedes W196 1 photo
He did the same thing in 1955 as well, which means that the Mercedes-Benz W196 "monoposto" has two Formula One world championships to its name and a great place in the competition's history. Moreover, this car brought several new technologies into F1, such as full independent suspension, fuel-injected engine, or the tubular space-frame chassis design .

Fortunately (and unlike the Ferrari Sharknoses), the W196 racers survived to this day for us to see and write about them, and for the richer enthusiasts to be able to buy them in various auctions around the world.

Given its heritage, the best place for a W196 to be sold at is the Goodwood Festival of Speed, a place where the most famous vehicles seen in motorsport gather once a year to rev their engines and flex their muscles. And that's what's going to happen with this specific single-seater that Fangio drove to victory in both the German and Swiss Grand Prix almost 60 years ago.

The auction will take place on July 12 and we'll be more than happy to report about the enormous amount of cash it's going to fetch.


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