People all around the world are crazy about cars, there are various famous world class multinational car companies in the world which compete with each other to produce the best models of cars for their customers. Many people prefer one car company over the other. For example, some like BMWs, some prefer Lamborghini’s or Mercedes Benz. Talking about Mercedes Benz, it is one of the leading car companies in the world which has produced top class race cars and road cars in the world.
Everyone is curious to know about the most expensive car in the world, its price, its making, finishing and most importantly, what makes the car so expensive. Have you ever wondered which the most expensive Mercedes in the world is? When was it launched and why is its price so high?
Let us break your curiosity by telling you that the most expensive Mercedes in the world is 1954 Mercedes Formula 1 race car. As the name suggests, it is a race car which is particularly designed for racing purpose. This car was sold for the total price of $29,650,095 (£19,601,500 / €22,701,864) in the Bonhams Goodwood Sale.
According to the records, it is not only the most expensive formula 1 race car ever sold at this price, but also the most expensive Mercedes-Benz in the history of the company. Bonham’s Motoring Director stated that they have just witnessed a history in the making. Fangio who is five times Formula 1 race champion won two Grand Prix races and after that, this car became the most expensive Mercedes in the world. This car also has a historical significance. Argentinian racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio won W196R single-seat F1 racecar with it. This race car has the chassis number of 00006/54 and has a powerful 205 liters straight eight engine.
In the historical perspective, this car is said to have initiated and accelerated the development in F1 technology and the usage of fuel injected engine. Its unique features include lightweight chassis design, multi tabular space frame and a straight 8 engine. The significance of straight 8 engines is that they are usually laydown configured, that means that the height of the race car is low. This low height ensures high speed due to less friction and a safe drive. Another feature includes all-round inboard-mounted brakes that are very strong and flexible. The chassis tubes can still be seen in the car’s cabin. There were no seat belts in 1954 for a racing car. The reason was probably that the F1 racers considered it safer to use no seat belts. They considered it safer to be thrown out of the car rather than being tied to the seat during the car crash.
After the magnificent victories of German and Swiss Grand Prix consecutively in 1954, this car has an iconic figure. It was sold to an anonymous bidder. The total price also included the buyer’s premium along with the price of the car. This 1954 Mercedes Formula 1 race car is one of the most amazing piece ever created by 1954 Mercedes Formula 1 race car and is the most expensive Mercedes in the world so far.