1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Monoposto

1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Monoposto

One of the surprise showings at the 74th Members Meeting was an IWC sponsored display of 3 Silver Arrows. The front mid-engined 1954 W196R designed by Rudolf Uhlenhaut won the F1 championship in 1954 and 1955 at the hands of Juan Manuel Fangio (Stirling Moss finished second in 1955 in a similar 196).

This particular car is Chassic 008/54 and competed at the 1954 Spanish Grand Prix and won the 1955 Belgium Grand Prix with Fangio driving it.

To give you an idea of this cars value, chassis number 006/54 (also driven by Fangio) sold at Bonhams for £19,601,500. No surprise that these cars were under close and careful watch over the weekend. Also in attendance was the streamlined version that I will try and post a photo over at some point, although I didn’t see it displayed quite as well as this one is here (the car was being filmed at the time I took this, so has the benefit of being nicely lit by a couple of large soft boxes).

1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Monoposto

1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Monoposto

1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Monoposto

1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Monoposto

1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Monoposto

1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Monoposto

1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Monoposto

1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Monoposto

1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Monoposto

1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Monoposto