Goodwood Revival 2011, Hans Herrmann ( W 196 R with open wheels)

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013

Auction of Mercedes-Benz W 196 R one of highlights at world’s “largest motorised garden party”

  • Mercedes-Benz Classic presents great moments in motor-racing history at Goodwood
  • Motorsport festival celebrating its 20th anniversary
  • Auction of only privately owned post-war Silver Arrow by Bonhams sure to cause a stir

Stuttgart – This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England, includes the auction of a Mercedes-Benz Type W 196 R Grand Prix racing car on 12 July 2013. The auction will be one of the highlights of a weekend dedicated to motor sport. Mercedes-Benz Classic is joining Mercedes-Benz UK at this 20th staging of the unique motorsport garden party (11 to 14 July 2013), where it will be presenting numerous exclusive models from the brand’s motor-racing history, including legendary pre- and post-war Silver Arrows as well as cars from the early days of motor racing, one particular highlight being an original Benz “Prinz-Heinrich-Wagen” from 1910.

Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, June 5, 1955: Winner Juan Manuel Fangio at the wheel of the open-wheel Mercedes-Benz W 196 R monoposto with start number 10

Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, June 5, 1955: Winner Juan Manuel Fangio at the wheel of the open-wheel Mercedes-Benz W 196 R monoposto with start number 10

Juan Manuel Fangio piloted the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Type W 196 R with chassis number 006/54 to victory at the German and Swiss Grands Prix in 1954. These triumphs were key moments on Fangio’s march towards his first Formula-1 World Championship title with Mercedes-Benz. The W 196 R also marked a triumphant post-war return to Grand Prix racing for Mercedes-Benz in the 1954 season.

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