A 1954 Mercedes W196R Formula 1 race car has been recently sold for a whopping 29,650,095 USD at the Bonhams Goodwood Sale.
The most expensive Mercedes car ever sold, a 1954 W196R race car, has just found a new owner at the Bonhams Goodwood Sale this weekend, who had to pay a whopping 29,650,095 USD (22,701,864 EUR / 19,601,500 GBP) before taking his vehicle home.
“I have handled some of the world’s most desirable and important motor cars during a motoring auction career spanning five decades, but I have reached a peak today with this legendary Grand Prix car. It was a personal privilege to preside over the sale of this vehicle, which is not only one of the most significant motor cars of the 20th century, but also the most important historic Grand Prix racing car ever offered for sale”, said Robert Brooks, the Bonhams chairman.
The 1954 Mercedes W196R racer was wearing the 00006/54 chassis number and it was powered by a 2.5 liter straight eight-cylinder engine. The model has been driven by Juan Manual Fangio, who managed to win both the German and the Swiss Grand Prixs back in 1954. This is the most valuable Formula 1 racing car ever sold.