In one of the biggest announcements of the classic-car auction scene in years, Bonhams said this week it would be offering the ex-Fangio 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 at the July 12 sale in England.
All going to plan though, a price would be put on it at the sale, which would be held at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
No official estimate was available at the time of writing but reports have indicated between $7 million and $14 million.
According to Bonhams, Juan Manuel Fangio took this car, chassis number 00006/54, to victory in both the 1954 German and Swiss Grand Prix races.
The auction house said the Swiss victory was Fangio's third in four Grand Prix races and assured him of his second Drivers' World Championship title.
As such, this Mercedes W196 was being offered as the car in which Fangio clinched the second of his long-standing record five championship titles.
Differentiating the Mercedes from its competition of the era were the cutting-edge technologies it employed.
These included fuel injection, independent suspension all round, and power take-off from the centre of the straight-eight engine's lengthy crankshaft to minimise vibration.MUSTANGS CHARGE IN
According to Ford's advertising at the time, more than 418,000 Mustangs were sold in its first year in 1964.
Nowadays, the style of most of that advertising would be seen as quaint at best. At worst, it would leave the political correctness aficionados gasping for air.
The Mustang was the perfect car for its time and thanks in part to advertising that promised to make Mustang owners utterly enchanting to anyone they desired, more than a million were sold in the car's first 18 months.
In Australia today, the Mustang remains among the most commonly imported classic cars, with about 1100 of them believed to be registered in WA. Next weekend, that number is expected to swell further with the running of the Mustang national meeting in WA.
Can't wait until next weekend for a big car event? Tomorrow there's the MG Car Club's annual show 'n' shine, and in Bakers Hill, its annual Motorama event is on again.
Motor Moments update:Tomorrow
From 2pm.Phone 9206 5624.Bakers Hill Motorama & Festival
10am-4pm. Phone 9574 0086.March 31
See wa.mustang.org.au/nationals-2013April 6
Phone 0427 658 008 or 0429 632 458.April 6-7
See vsccwa.com.auApril 7
Phone 9727 2049 or 9754 3379Old’s Cool Car Cruise
See torrietorque.comApril 28
10am-3pm. Phone 0411 747 403.May 5
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