Legendary F1 driver’s W196 Benz sells at Goodwood FoS for record amount
Sir Stirling Moss regularly cites him as the greatest Formula One driver in history. Seems this opinion of legendary Argentine racer Juan Manuel Fangio is shared by many, because his old 1954 F1 car has just sold at auction for £19.6 million.
Need a moment to take it all in? The exact figure is £19,601,500, and is the most expensive car ever sold at auction, smashing the piffling £10.8m paid for a 1957 Ferrari 250 in 2011.
It was auctioned off, fittingly, at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, and is the car that helped Fangio take the 1954 Formula One world championship, his second of five titles (he won in 1951, and then consecutively from '54 to '57).
Racing historian Doug Nye said: "If he were here today, Fangio would shake his head and smile his slow smile. As a driver he was simply a genius. As a man he had no enemies. No standard-setting sportsman could have a better epitaph."