July 4 is the most important landmark in the American history as it is the celebration of its Independence Day. The same date also highlights one of the important milestones in the racing history of Mercedes-Benz. On the same day, exactly six decades ago, the Argentinian Juan Manuel Fangio made the switch from Maserati to the team owned by Daimler-Benz AG in the 1954 Formula One French Grand Prix. The same date was also the debut of the Mercedes-Benz W196. The race was a grueling one as only six out of the 22 cars reached the finish line. The rest had technical problems like engine failure, gearbox malfunction and transmission issues. Notably, Fangio… Continue Reading »
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The Mercedes-Benz Museum located in Stuttgart, Germany will house one of the most important auctions in the history of the brand. According to CTV News, the public sale at the 16,500 square meter exhibition space of the luxury brand’s own museum will be held on July 12, 2014. The sales catalog is not yet complete as of the moment, so we have no idea yet about the models which will be up for grabs, other than the 1909 Mercedes. We have no word yet on the overall value of the vehicles set to be auctioned also. What has been established by the source is the number of units to be… Continue Reading »
Formula 1 legend and five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio’s Mercedes W196 car fetched a total amount of £17.5 million in an auction at Goodwood Festival of Speed. According to BBC News, the amount may seem absurd for a car that is nearly 60 years old. However, the source explained that the Mercedes W196 is not just a common antique car because it has a very colorful history. Fangio actually used the Mercedes W196 to secure victory in two Grand Prix in 1954. These are the Swiss and German Grand Prix. The report said that the Mercedes W196 was sold to an unnamed private buyer through telephone.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed will be graced by a car with a special place in motorsport history: the 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196, driven by that year’s Formula One champion Juan Manuel Fangio. The car will be up for auction, where it is expected to raise some pretty spectacular bids, and possibly even the auction record. That year, Fangio was actually on the Maserati team right before the Silver Arrows team joined the fray mid-season. He raced in rounds 4 through 9 of the season with Mercedes then claimed number 2 of his 5 F1 titles. The particular car up for auction, chassis 00006, was the one in which Fangio won… Continue Reading »