£19.6m for the ex-Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196 at Bonhams' Goodwood auction

Written by Kurt Schleier | Friday, 12 July 2013 18:02

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The ex-Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196 GP car was undoubtedly the highlight of Bonhams' Goodwood Festival of Speed auction earlier today, it achieved the immense sum of 19.6 million Pounds (about $30m). Bidding stopped at £17.5m, which means a buyer's premium of an equally baffling £2.1m! Moreover, it smashed the last world record for the most expensive car sold at auction by a considerable amount; seeing the record was held up to today by a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa which was sold in 2011 for 'just' $16.3m. This W196 was the car in which Fangio won the 1954 German and Swiss GPs. After the 1955 Monza Grand Prix the car was pensioned off and resided in Mercedes-Benz' collection until 1973 when it was gifted to Britain's National Motor Museum at Beaulieu and years later was sold to collector Sir Anthony Bamford and was finally sold to German businessman Friedhelm Loh. We dived into our photographic archive and found a rather impressive image by an amateur photographer to accompany this story; this is the very car sold at today at auction in the hands of Juan Manuel Fangio at the 1954 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. Fangio looks calm driving through what looks like the track's start-finish area, yet the race was a rather more eventful affair than this photo appears to suggest, as noted in the following press blurb Bonhams provided.

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Shed or Minter: Churchill's Land Rover

Written by Kurt | Saturday, 29 September 2012 18:47

Land Rover Winston Churchill auctionPrime ministerial cars are not usually associated with 'four-wheel drive', 'countryside', 'cargo area', nor with a spare wheel on top of the engine bay. Some though, should be associated with those keywords, not surprisingly it's one of those eccentric British aristocrats who had no problem being transported in an off-roader. The Rt Hon. Sir Winston Spencer Churchill KG. OM. CH. MP (and I'm probably forgetting one or two official titles) got a Land Rover for his 80th birthday in 1954 (during his second stint as British PM). Exactly this Land Rover is up for auction at Cheffins' Vintage Sale on 20 October here. Looking at the odometer, there isn't much evidence that it was driven much, just 12,932 miles were racked up over the years (including other owners since 1973) but according to the PR bluff in the press release Churchill it was put through good use on Churchill's estate with the PM himself as a frequent passenger.

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Shed or Minter: 1957 OSCA Barchetta Vignale

Written by Kurt | Thursday, 06 September 2012 17:42

OSCA Vignale Barchetta 1957 - 1500cc - body Ferrari 225SThis time an unlikely candidate for an internet auction. On Ebay in France we found this splendid OSCA Barchetta with a Vignale body. We say splendid but other evidence points at this listing not being quite what it seems, simply because it has been listed thrice on three different websites each stating different countries as location. Here one in Sweden and here one in Belgium (with the tel. number leading us to classicscars.com). This 1957 OSCA was listed on the other two websites as MT4-2AD. Interestingly the seller states that this car has the same Vignale body as the Ferrari 225S, which is a bit odd as that one saw the light in 1957, why would an innovative and creative company like Vignale shape an already retro body for a new chassis in 1957? More likely it is a rebodied car. By the way, underneath a photo of what seems to be the same car. Story doesn't end here as the 'Sweden-based'  seller of this car also has another OSCA (and many other cars) for sale, listed on the same day here. It all sounds a bit fishy, but what do I know. Of course it's possible this 'Claus' guy has multiple cars to sell, and yes perhaps he's a global traveller living in Sweden, France and Belgium. But why then, put only one of those priceless cars on Ebay on an account which previously hasn't sold anything else than a few video games, U2 concert tickets and lots of toothpaste? To me it is a mystery, to others it is not much of an issue.

Ed. Went for $250,000 in the end!

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Shed or Minter: Audi 60

Written by Kurt | Tuesday, 28 August 2012 22:10

Audi 60 for sale on ebayOutside or inside of Germany, it doesn't matter, you won't see many of these Audi 60s on the streets today. The question here should be; why? Problematic to maintain perhaps? Not very pretty perhaps? Or don't they have enough snob value compared to ubiquitous Mercedes-Benz cars of the era? These Audi / Auto Union cars certainly weren't badly built though, when you do see one come along the bodies are most of the time in great shape. Built in both 2-door and 4-door versions the Audi 60 was the successor to the DKW F102 and marked a new era for the Auto Union factory, while the DKW still had a 2-stroke engine, the Audi powered into modernity with a brand-new 4-stroke engine (with 4 cylinders). Its boxy yet somehow curvaceous body was an instant hit (or at least a bigger hit than the DKW F102 which was a commercial disaster), especially the Coupes looked and look just right. Instead of finding one for sale, we found two of these little stormers for sale, in Germany, look here. Both of them need a LOT of work though but with a starting price of €700 this still looks like a good deal. But it's obvious buyers will need some guidance, so read with us and find out more about these classy German cars.

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The Marketplace: Daimler V8-250 - LOL!

Written by Kurt | Saturday, 28 July 2012 17:33

daimler1While doing some weekly (well almost) ebay browsing for old tat I came across this rather sorry looking Daimler V8-250 from 1967. With bidding still at the ridiculously low amount of €23.50 (but with 8 days to go) this might be one of those sheds to look into more closely. But on the other hand seeing the numberplate and looking at this machine in more detail, this might be a clear-cut case of 'it does what it says on the tin,' it says LOL or 'Laugh out loud' as we tend to call on the tin so it can't be much good. Its bodywork is battered and bruised, with various gimongous dents and holes and rust practically all over the place. The outside, the passenger cabin, the engine bay, the boot and whatever else might be lurking behind those pretty body lines is affected by rust. Looking past that, which is indeed difficult, we find an interesting car, a car that has most of the stuff that makes its cooler, better, brother, the Jaguar Mk2, one of the most desirable classic cars on the market today. But whereas a project Mk2 will set you back at least €5000 (if you find one that is), one these nearly identical Daimlers go for much lower and are (by the looks of it) readily available. But then again, you have to put up with a woefully underpowered V8 engine more suited to classic cruising than classic car chases.

Sold for €893.88.

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