Fangio’s 1954 W196 to be auctioned

Fancy owning a piece of Formula One history? A ‘forgotten’ F1 car is to be auctioned off at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.

The car in question is a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 that was driven by Juan Manuel Fangio. The car is special because it featured a lot of innovative technology including a fuel-injected engine, all-round inboard-mounted brakes and a lightweight chassis.

The car will be sold ‘as is’ with all it’s blemishes and dirt. The car has been stored in a warehouse for the past three decades and is said to have been ‘largely forgotten about’.

The 2 1/2 litre eight-cylinder single-seater is the car that Fangio won the 1954 German and Swiss Grand Prixs in.