Fangio’s abandoned Mercedes W196 found in warehouse

A Mercedes-Benz W196 – the car Juan Manuel Fangio drove to the 1954 championship – has been found abandoned in a warehouse.

The iconic car is believed to have been left for 30 years in a warehouse in an undisclosed location after carrying Fangio to the second of his five world titles. Having been discovered, the car is expected to fetch over £5million when it goes under auction at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

"The first time I saw this car I needed oxygen; it's landmark technology and it was driven by a landmark driver," racing historian Doug Nye told Eurosport. "Some people think it looks grotty – that's not the point – the really rare cars today are the unrestored ones.

"Every car that's restored has lost a part of its history because it's been obliterated by repainting or by rebuilding. Nothing's been obliterated on this; it's just a beautiful survivor."

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