Most days, it’s hard to imagine having $100,000. It seems like a lot of money. Of course, it’s not as much as $1 million, or $10 million, but $100,000 at this point in life sure seems like a boatload of money. If I had an extra $100,000 just lying around, I could put a large down payment on a house, purchase a nice, new vehicle, find some luxurious furniture, or…buy 1/316th of the new record-holding Mercedes-Benz. This baby sold for $31.6 million at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale — the most ever for a car sold at auction.
The $31.6-million car, a Mercedes-Benz type W 196 R Grand Prix racing car from 1954, was driven by Juan Manuel Fangio, one of the most successful Formula One drivers of all time. Fangio won both the German and Swiss Grand Prix races in this car on the way to his first Formula 1 World Championship title in 1954. It is currently the only post-war Silver Arrow in private ownership.
“The result of the auction just goes to show the exceptionally high level of respect enjoyed by historical Mercedes-Benz vehicles among collectors,” said Michael Bock, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic, in a press release. “We would like to congratulate the unidentified bidder on their purchase and will be only too happy to lend them support – if they so wish – during the next stages of their acquisition.”
What if you had $31.6 million at your disposal? Would you splurge on one of the most iconic pieces of racing history ever? For one Mercedes-Benz fan, a big dream just became reality.