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Used car record — nearly $30 million paid for an old Mercedes, but not just any old Mercedes.

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Hard to believe, but somebody paid $29,619,826 yesterday (7/12/2013) at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Bonhams auction for the W196R Mercedes-Benz Formula One car that won the 1954 Swiss and German grand prix.

Of course, it was not just any old car — only 14 of these cars were made and only 10 survive. And it was not just any driver who won those races — in those races, it was Juan Manuel Fangio (yes, that Fangio) in the driver’s seat.

It was a world record price for a car at auction, and the identity of the buyer was not revealed. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Mercedes-Benz, which once had the car in its museum, were the winning bidder. They would dearly love to have the car back home.  More about the sale in this Autoweek piece.

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