We are all aware that some collectible cars are worth a lot of money, but $30 million bucks! Now thats some serious change to pay for a car that you most likely will just be rubbing with a diaper and looking at.
The Mercedes W196R Formula 1 race car, powered by a 2.5-liter 8-cylinder engine, was one of a group of race cars that won 9 World Championship-qualifying Grand Prix races in 1954 and ’55.
This car, in particular, won two of those races. It was driven by legendary Argentinian-born driver Juan Manuel Fangio and is the only W196 race car not currently housed in a museum or owned by Mercedes-Benz.
Part of the car’s ultra-high value had to do with its largely original, unrestored condition. These days car collectors prefer to buy automobiles that haven’t been cleaned and repaired to look new. This car still had scuff marks from racing mishaps and places where the paint was chipped off, said Jonathan Klinger, with the collector car insurance company Hagerty Insurance. Klinger was at the auction and was able to inspect the car closely.
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