Fangio\'s car is all set for an auction
|   Sunday, March 31, 2013
Mercedes Benz W196 can also be called as the father of 300 SLR. Juan Manuel Fangio, Sir Stirling Moss and Hans Hermann were the three people who had driven this car before. El Chueco was the man who commissioned the open-wheeled body of the car; this was done because the streamlined units which were designed for running on the fast tracks could not run well on the twister circuits.

This car was used by Fangio in the year 1954 for winning the German and Swiss grand prix and now this car has been put up for auction on 12th July at Bonham's Good Wood auction.
The chassis number of this car is 00006/54.

The grand prix engine of the Benz pre-war has already been super charged. Mercedes wants to return to the top ranks of the Motorsports and for this reason they have made a decision of reducing the frontal area of the car.

Mercedes Benz W196 which was released to gain the top rank was a successful one. This car at its debut in the French grand prix in the year 1954 helped Fangio and Karl Kling in winning the first and second positions respectively.

Another success story of this car was written when Hans Hermann used some other Mercedes Benz W196 and made a world record of covering the fastest lap then. The success story of this car did not stop over here; in the same year Fangio used this car for winning the championship of the year.

The development of 300 SLR sports racer in the year 1955 was completely based on Mercedes Benz W196. Moss's winning of the Mille Miglia title using this car is considered to be a mythical victory in the history of car racing.

Pierre Levegh faced a crash in the year 1955 at Le Mans and since then inwards Mercedes started losing its involvement in making sports car of the mid century. This incident was also responsible for the stop of the further production of W196 and SLR models.

This car can also be termed as a revolutionary car because with its short span of time in the car racing industry, it was able to leave a prominent mark on the sport. Mercedes Benz W196 was built as an open wheeled car after being suggested by Fangio and the car with the chassis number 00006/54 was one among the two W196 that were built at first.

Fangio suggested an open wheeled model because he felt that the streamlined body work on the car will be useful for racing in the grand prix track of Germany. Using this car Fangio has won many other awards like he has used this car for winning a race in the Eifel Mountains, then he also used this car for winning the second driver's championship of the year held in Switzerland defeating Jose Frolian Gonzalez of Ferrari.
This car with the chassis number 00006/54 thus holds the history of one of the greatest racers of the olden times. Thus it is to see that how much money this car's history can hold for it in the coming July.
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