Vintage Mercedes-Benz W196, which won the Grand Prix in 1954 and 1955, and sold at auction in 1990 for a staggering $24 million. According to the U.K.’s Times Online Times Online, Mercedes donated the car to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in the 1980s, which later sold it for 1.5million euros to finance a museum renovation. It was again sold in 1990 to a French industrialist for $24,000,000 & later changed hands.
A 1954 Mercedes Benz Formula One racer just became the most expensive car ever sold at auction. Bonham's, the auctioneer, confirms that it brought the hammer down on the Mercedes Benz W196R at $26.45 million—with the buyer's premium the total price is $29.6 million.