Bonhams has revealed that an historic, double Grand Prix-winning racing car is to auction at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 12. The 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 einsitzer - chassis number 00006/54 - was twice driven to victory by five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio (nicknamed El Chueco - "the bowlegged one"), who dominated the first decade of Formula One racing.
Fangio's 1954 victories in the German and Swiss Grand Prix were the first two to be achieved in succession by the Mercedes-Benz Formula One team during its post-war racing comeback.
The national press responded to the victories with the same, simple message: "Mercedes are back!"
The car's pioneering W196 design marked the successful introduction of a fuel-injected engine, all independent suspension, "spaceframe" lightweight chassis design and all-round inboard mounted brakes into Formula One - early versions of all important technologies that drivers could not do without today.
Robert Brooks, chairman of Bonhams, comments: "I have been privileged to handle some of the world's most desirable and important motor cars. To handle the sale of this legendary W196 Grand Prix car - the only one out of captivity - could well be the pinnacle."
Here at Paul Fraser Collectibles, we have a number of Formula One items in stock, including this Jim Clark autographed menu and this Lewis Hamilton signed Formula One jersey - must see memorabilia for fans of the sport.
For more information about the investment potential of the classic car market, see our guide to investing in classic cars.
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