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Fangio Mercedes Racer W196 Sells for a Record $29.7m at Bonhams Auction



For classic car aficionados, Ferrari and Mercedes are the 2 names that will never lose its sheen in terms of the value escalation in the vintage and classic car market. We had earlier told you about the most historic 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 Grand Prix racing car scheduled to go on Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed auction in Britain. The car driven by the five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina has been sold for a record $29.7m, making it the most valuable motor vehicle ever sold at auction, beating the previous record of $16.39 million set by a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa at the Gooding & Company’s sale in 2011.

Though there have been few private sales of vintage Ferrari cars that have dominated the Guinness record book, the 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Formula 1 single-seater became the most expensive Mercedes-Benz car ever sold at auction.
Robert Brooks, Bonhams Chairman, said: “I have handled some of the world’s most desirable and important motor cars during a motoring auction career spanning five decades, but I have reached a peak today with this legendary Grand Prix car. It is not only one of the most significant motor cars of the 20th century, but also the most important historic Grand Prix racing car ever offered for sale.”

The post-war example of Mercedes automotive excellence, the car with chassis number ’00006′ also has not just historical significance, but the car also sports innovative design. The W196 racer was built due to a change in the FIA governing body of international motor sport Grand Prix regulations in 1954, which required cars to have unsupercharged engines of no more than 2½-litres.

It was the first open-wheeled car with a lightweight body, an in-line 8-cylinder fuel-injected engine, with power take-off from the center of the engine, all-independent suspension, and with three different wheelbases.

The iconic car is one of just nine surviving examples with six of these owned by Mercedes and the rest of the three are in museums. Reportedly, this one is a very rare privately-owned example sold by the Emir of Qatar, who acquired it from the German industrialist Friedhelm Loh about eight years ago.

After the W196 cars with their enclosed wheels proved difficult to place upon the more twisty venue of the following British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Fangio requested an open-wheeled W196 variant for the following German Grand Prix on the twisty 14.2-mile Nurburgring road circuit. Mercedes-Benz reacted instantly, tailoring new cars ’00005′ and ’00006′ to Fangio’s recommendation.

It was in chassis ’00006′ that Fangio immediately won the German Grand Prix. He then repeated the feat in the following Swiss Grand Prix on the daunting Bremgarten forest circuit at Berne – storming round at uncatchable pace in ’00006′ to win by 58.7 seconds from Argentine compatriot Jose Froilan Gonzalez’s out-classed Ferrari. This Swiss victory was Fangio’s third in four Grand Prix races, and assured him of his second Drivers’ World Championship title.



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Howard Stern Buys Luxurious $52 Million Florida Mansion



The news is now official. Judge on popular American show America’s Got talent, Howard Stern  has bought the $52 million beachfront mansion in Florida, USA. Textile tycoon Martin Trust had put the mansion up for sale and Howard Stern was lucky enough to buy the same, considering the impeccable views the mansion offers of the Florida’s coastline.


The property has over five bedrooms and has a covering area of around 19,000 square foot, thus making it luxurious in true sense. An outdoor pool adds to the ambiance of the property and Howard Stern can expect to spend some private moments with his family at the beach side mansion.


As per Palm Beach Daily News, this is one of the biggest property sale of the year in the region. Howard Stern who is also a radio broadcaster had been searching for a pristine location for his wife Beth Ostrosky and the Florida beachfront mansion has seemed to make this possible for Howard.


The custom build Palm was build in 1992 in an area measuring 3.25 acres and lies South of the Palm Beach Country Club in Florida.

The mansion offers exclusive views of Florida’s coastline and Howard can rejuvenate himself for his hectic schedule by spending some private moments at the property alongside his wife Beth Ostrosky for whom he has purchased the exclusive property.



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The $700,000 New Supercar of Ralph Lauren…Add It To The Collection!



As a car collector, perhaps Ralph Lauren’s could not have thought of something better. Apparently, RUF CTR 3 was the one Ralph Lauren had been looking for. The fashion mogul and vintage car collector, Ralph Lauren was seen recently taking delivery of RUF CTR 3, as per industry analysts who follow him.

Car paparazzi too spotted Ralph Lauren checking out Ralph Lauren’s taking a ride in this elegant beauty that costs around $680,000 for a basic model though the costs can rise up to $700,000 if some customized specifications are done. However, the spokesperson for Ralph Lauren declined to offer any comments on if Ralph had indeed bought an RUF CTR 3.

RUF CTR3 is dubbed as luxury car known for its better performance and is immensely popular among super rich car collectors. RUF automobiles based in Germany have been modifying Porches for over 50 years now and are adding six cylinder engines while bulking up the frames.

The body has been made from carbon fiber and the supercar has been powered by a 777 horsepower engine. As per company sources who have been associated in designing of this car, the RUF CTR3 can go faster than the imagination of any driver.

RUF has been able to sell around three CTR3 in United States of America so far and the exclusiveness of the RUF CTR3 can be gauged from the fact that the company has sold only 25 CTR3 since the model was launched in 2007.

RUF as a manufacturer has other models in the pipeline and production too but has limited its production to 30 -35 cars in any given year. Perhaps, it is this exclusiveness of  the CTR3 that attracted Ralph Lauren.

Nothing better can describe the CTR3 than the words of Estonia Ruf of RUF automobiles. Ruf claims that the performance of the CTR3 is truly appreciated by its customers and they take it to be a true racing car.

This car brings to focus the elegance of the past racing cars and the technology of the future cars, perhaps making it unique in the true sense and thus making the same a desirable possession, every rich and neo rich wishes to buy.

This mid engine sports car has been built by Ruf Automobiles based in Germany and draws its inspiration from the Porsche Cayman. Another interesting aspect about the RUF CTR3 is that it was brought about 20 years after the Ruf CTR was released. The body panels and engine draw inspiration from Porsche, as has been the tradition with Ruf Automobiles products.

Made special by fashion icons as Ralph Lauren, the RUF CTR3 has been drawing interests from car enthusiasts from across the globe. For now Ralph Lauren is relishing the feel of owning this magnificent piece of  technology and is making news, all over.

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The Most Expensive Hockey Stick in the World $4.25 Million



We’ve heard of golf clubs being priced rather heavily with unique material, but never did anyone think that hockey sticks could be worth millions!  The funny part about the world’s most expensive hockey stick is that it isn’t encrusted with precious diamonds and gems and neither do they have the pricey napa leather grips- as they are just sheer pieces of wood that are very old.

A Canadian man in 2009 created headlines when he purchased a hockey stick from an antique shop in Quebec which cost him $3,000.  After carbon dating the stick, it was found that it dated back to the 16th century.  He instantly decided to put his antique hockey stick up for auction on eBay and sell if at a minimum bidding rate of $1 million, however, the bubble was popped when historians doubted about the actual origin of the stick as they were of the opinion that they were carved recently from old chunks of birch wood and was not used for playing hockey in the Nova Scotian region in the 1600s.

Whatever may be the case, the world’s most expensive and perhaps the oldest hockey stick does not date back that long, but has been crafted relatively recently in the 1850s in Ontario.  This means that the world’s oldest hockey stick was crafted a few decades before the very first ice hockey game was played.  This heirloom item was then passes from one generation to another until it finally arrived in the hands of Gordon Sharpe.  Upon getting an appraisal of the stick, Sharpe came face-to-face with a pleasant bit of news:  he found out that the stick was now worth US $4.25 million.

Since then the hockey stick was been safely kept at the Hockey Hall of Fame and has also been displayed at Wayne Gretzky’s bar.  Sharpe has also tried to auction the stick on three separate accounts, citing reasons such as the price of the insurance and the extra safety precaution that were taken to safeguard the stick- which was a source of concern for him.  Recently, the stick had gone through auctioning during the 2010 Winter Olympics, however, there is no information of any deal.

Hockey sticks have undergone a lot of transformation and so has the game.  The first most obvious change in the hockey stick is blade which has undergone the most changes as it has now become more curvier so that the players could deliver powerful and accurate shots.  Another change in the hockey still has also been the weight of it and the durability.

A lot of hockey sticks are crafted in innovative ways.  The very first wooden hockey stick was made out of aluminum.  However, soon after that there have been other wild variations on the humble stick, by giving it titanium, Kevlar, and fiberglass.

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