Juan Manuel Fangio, “El Maestro,” held the world record for most Formula 1 championships for nearly 50 years until the rise of Michael Schumacher. Other records to his name include the highest F1-win percentage and most Argentine Grand Prix race wins of all time. Fangio is also the only Argentinian driver to ever win that race.
To say his deeds are legendary would be a disservice to his name and legacy. The world mourned when Fangio passed in 1995, but apparently he doesn’t need to be a member of the living to keep blowing records away. At the recent Bonhams auction, the 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 that took him to victory in the Swiss Grand Prix and sealed his second F1 title crossed the block and sold for a mind-blowing £19,601,500, more than any other car. Ever.
That is nearly $30 million for a 60-year-old Mercedes. To put that in perspective, you could buy about 150 Mercedes-Benz SLS coupes for the same amount.
via: Road and Track