Vintage Mercedes sells for record $30 million
The Formula 1 race car has a remarkable place in Grand Prix history.
The 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196, a Formula 1 race car, won two Grand Prix titles under champion driver Juan Manuel Fangio.
The single-seat car sold for $29.6 million, blowing away the previous auction record of $16.4 million in 2011, Reuters reports. That auction was for a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa.
The Mercedes was snapped up by an anonymous bidder, likely a car-racing fan who wanted a piece of history. The car was driven in five world championship-qualifying Grand Prix races for the Mercedes Formula 1 team, Reuters reports. It was a big part of the comeback for the German team after World War II.
Fangio drove the Mercedes to victory twice in 1954 at the German and Swiss Grands Prix. Those victories also helped the Mercedes brand return to the public eye. After the races, the media reported that "Mercedes are back," according to the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed, which hosted the auction.
Although the Mercedes has set an auction record, it still isn't the most expensive car ever sold, reports MSN Autos' Clifford Atiyeh. That title belongs to the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, which was sold privately for $35 million last year.
I'm guessing it goes to the Middle East or maybe Asia....?
I hope no one in this Country is that stupid..
And you can probably build a Replica(exact) for under a half mil. maybe $200,000.
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