A welcome complement to my blog on “Record Prices” –

Simanaitis Says

A FABULOUS car, the 1954 Ex-Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196 Grand Prix machine, recently changed hands for a fabulous price—$29.7 million. This Bonhams sale, at Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 12, 2013, set a record for a car at auction.

Indeed, a little more than a month later, on August 17, 2013, a Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S Spyder with North American Racing Team heritage approached this price in an auction sale of $27.5 million. And, while we’re talking money, I note that private transactions of $30 million have been reported for exchanges of Ferrari 250 GTOs.

But it isn’t the money that interests me here. It’s the technical wizardry of the Mercedes-Benz W196, something this car will retain despite any future auction exuberances.

The World Drivers’ Championship started in 1950, with varied displacements of cars for the first few years. Italian machines dominated, initially Alfa Romeo, then Ferrari and Maserati…

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