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Fangio's Mecredes-Benz goes under the hammer at Goodwood
2:32pm Friday 12th July 2013 in News
And they’re off.
The iconic Goodwood Festival of Speed kicks off today – and one of the most lauded racing cars ever built will be up for public auction.
A 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 Formula 1 car driven by five-times world champion Juan Manuel Fangio will be auctioned off to the highest bidder today.
Fangio won his second title in the vehicle in 1954, clinching the German and Swiss Grand Prix races in the process.
Now the 2.5 litre, 72lb classic racer will go home with whoever stumps up the most cash.
The monster machine has no guide price – but experts predict it is set to fetch millions of pounds when it’s sold by Bonhams.M
The auction house has described it as “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 at public auction.”
The Moving Motor Show, the annual FoS warm-up event, took place yesterday and welcomed thousands of car-mad visitors to explore the latest models of today’s biggest car manufacturers.
Today promises a thrilling Red Arrows display, a super-car display, BMX high-jumping in the GAS arena, forest rally and hillclimb time trials.
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