Bonhams versteigert W196 Monoposto / Bonhams to auction W196 Monoposto

Das Auktionahaus Bonhams versteigert im Rahmen des Festival of Speed in Goodwood  den wohl wichtigsten Grand-Prix Rennwagen , der jemals öffentlich in einer Auktion versteigert wurde.


Es handelt sich um einen W196 Monoposto. Chassis Nummer 00006/54. Die Mercedes-Benz-Silberpfeile gehören zu den legendärsten Sportwagen der Rennsportgeschichte. Da die Zahl der gebauten Fahrzeuge sehr gering ist und der überwiegende Teil in Museen steht, ist es äußerst selten, dass ein solches Fahrzeug zum Verkauf kommt. Der 2½-Liter-Achtzylinder-Einsitzer-Rennwagen mit der Chassisnummer 00006/54 ist einer der bedeutendsten seiner Art. Fahrerlegende Juan Manuel Fangio 1954 gewann am Steuer dieses Wagens den den Großen Preis von Deutschland auf dem Nürburgring sowie den Schweizer Grand Prix in Bern.

Mit diesem Fahrzeugtyp feierte Daimler-Benz nach dem Krieg das Comeback in den Formelsport.   Der 2½-Liter-Achyzlinder galt mit seinem Einspritzmotor und seiner Mehrlenker-Einzelradaufhängung als einer der modernsten Rennwagen seiner Zeit. Es war dieses Fahrzeug, mit dem Juan Manuel Fangio seinen zweiten Weltmeistertitel begründete.

In leicht modifizierter Form mit Sportwagenkarosserie und 3 Liter Hubraum, war es einähnliches Fahrzeug, mit dem Sir Stirling Moss 1955 die Mille Miglia gewann. Der W196 gilt als der letzte Silberpfeil.

Der W196R kommt auf der Bonhams-Auktion im Rahmen des Festival of Speed am 12. Juli 2013 in Goodwood zum Aufruf. 


Bonhams’ annual Sale at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed will feature  the most important historic Grand Prix racing car ever offered at public auction.

w196_1It is the 1954 2½-litre straight-8 Mercedes-Benz W196 einsitzer– chassis number ‘00006/54’ – in which five-times World Champion Driver Juan Manuel Fangio won both the 1954 German and Swiss Grand Prix races. These great victories were the first two to be achieved in succession by the frontier-technology Mercedes-Benz factory Formula 1 team in its postwar racing come-back. Chassis ‘00006’ also has special significance as the first open-wheeled slipper-bodied postwar Mercedes-Benz ever to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix race – having made its debut in that German GP.

The car’s innovative W196 design also marked the successful introduction to Formula 1 of the following technologies:

  • Fuel-injected engine
  • All-independent suspension
  • Multi-tubular ‘spaceframe’ lightweight chassis design
  • All-round inboard-mounted brakes
  • The in-line or ‘straight-8’ engine ‘lay-down’ configuration to minimise the car’s overall height
  • Power take-off from the centre of the engine’s long 8-cylinder crankshaft to minimise vibration

The FIA governing body of International motor sport launched its first truly postwar set of Grand Prix regulations in 1954, demanding unsupercharged engines of no more than 2½-litres engine capacity. Mercedes-Benz – who had previously dominated Grand Prix racing in 1908, 1914 and 1934-39 –missed the first two 1954 World Championship rounds in Argentina and Belgium. But they then made their shattering debut in the 1954 French Grand Prix at Reims-Gueux. Their all-new W196 cars ran there in enveloping-bodied ‘Stromlinienwagen’ form, instantly setting totally new performance standards as Juan Manuel Fangio and team-mate Karl Kling finished first and second in both qualifying and the race.

National media and the specialist sporting press trumpeted the same simple message: “Mercedes are Back”!

However, the W196 Stromlinienwagen cars with their enclosed wheels proved difficult to place upon the more twisty venue of the following British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Fangio requested an open-wheeled, W196 variant for the following German Grand Prix on the twisty 14.2-mile Nurburging road circuit. Mercedes-Benz reacted instantly, tailoring new cars ‘00005’ and ‘00006’ to Fangio’s recommendation.

And it was in this actual car – chassis ‘00006’ – now to be offered by Bonhams at Goodwood -that Fangio immediately won the German Grand Prix. He then repeated the feat in the following Swiss Grand Prix on the daunting Bremgarten forest circuit at Berne – storming round at uncatchable pace in ‘00006’ to win by 58.7 seconds from Argentine compatriot Jose Froilan Gonzalez’s out-classed Ferrari. This Swiss victory was Fangio’s third in four Grand Prix races, and assured him of his second Drivers’ World Championship title.

Thus, Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed auction will offer this iconic landmark-technology Mercedes-Benz W196 as the double-Grand Prix-winning car in which Fangio – no less – clinched the second of his long-standing record five Drivers’ World Championship titles.

This Bonhams sale of the ex-Fangio 1954 German and Swiss GP-winning Mercedes-Benz W196 is – on so many fronts –a classic car auction first.

Robert Brooks, Chairman of Bonhams and handling the sale of the Mercedes-Benz, comments, “My motoring auction career spans five decades and I have been privileged to have handled 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. Our Goodwood Festival of Speed auction is shaping up to even eclipse the record breaking Sale of last year.”

Click here to see the video of the The ex-Works/Juan Manuel Fangio German and Swiss Grand Prix Winning 1954 2½-litre Mercedes-Benz W196 Formula 1 Grand-Prix Single-Seater

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