Iconic Mercedes-Benz W196 could fetch $7m

Prized lot ... Mercedes-Benz W196

Prized lot … Mercedes-Benz W196

A 1950’s grand prix car to be offered at auction is expected to fetch more than $7million.

The 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 that was driven by Argentina’s five-times world champion Juan Manuel Fangio was neglected for more than 30 years collecting dust in a warehouse.

Not only was the W196 considered one of the nicest grand prix designs of all-time, it was a revelation in terms of innovation and technology starting with its fuel-injected powerplant.

The car will be sold by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July complete with dust and some marks.

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