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.
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.