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In Pictures: $30-million Mercedes-Benz race car

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1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R ex-Fangio racer.

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1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R ex-Fangio racer.

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1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R ex-Fangio racer.

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1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R ex-Fangio racer.

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1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R ex-Fangio racer.

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The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (W 196 S) dominated the road races in 1955. The car with start number 722, in which the team of Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson won the Mille Miglia.

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Juan Manuel Fangio at the wheel of the open-wheel Mercedes-Benz W 196 R at the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, which he won on June 5, 1955.

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A streamlined version of the 1954 and 1955 Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Formula One racing car.

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A streamlined version of the 1954 and 1955 Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Formula One racing car.

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Reims 1954: Fangio (right, No. 18) and Kling (No. 20) in the race in Reims, 1954.

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Juan Manuel Fangio stands with the Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Formula 1 racing car with Streamliner body at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, September 5, 1954.

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Juan Manuel Fangio at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz W 196 at the 1955 Buenos Aires Grand Prix. The car was powered by the engine from the 300 SLR.

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Juan Manuel Fangio with his Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR (W 196 S) racing sports car after winning the ADAC Eifel race on the Nürburgring, May 29, 1955.

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