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Lot 140: Mercedes-Benz 500SL

HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS, Coys (29 June 2013)

Moss, who raced from 1948 to 1962, won 212 of the 529 races he entered, including 16 Formula One Grand Prix. He would compete in as many as 62 races in a single year and drove 84 different makes of car over the course of his racing career, including Lotus, Vanwall, Maserati, Jaguar, Ferrari and Porsche. Like many drivers of the era, he competed in several formulaevery often on the same day. He retired in 1962 after a crash left him in a coma for a month, as afterwards he felt unable to continue driving at a professional level. In spite of this early retirement, he has remained a well-known figure in Motorsport circles throughout the world. Moss's first Formula One win was his home race, the 1955 British Grand Prix at Aintree. He became the first British driver to win the British Grand Prix. His Mercedes-Benz W196 led home a 1234 win for the German marque. It was the first race where he finished in front of Fangio, his team-mate, friend, mentor, and archrival at Mercedes. It is sometimes debated whether Fangio, one of the all-time great gentlemen of sport, allowed Moss to win in front of his home crowd. Moss himself asked Fangio repeatedly, Did you let me win? and Fangio always replied, No. You were just better than me that day This 1990 Mercedes 500SL automatic was owned from new by Sir Stirling Moss OBE. The vendor confirms the car is supplied with all documents relating to this, including letters of correspondence from Mercedes Benz. Finished in the iconic 'racing arrows' Silver, with dark blue leather, and MoT until April 2014, this must be the most desirable 500SL on the market today. Complete with hardtop and stand, it offers its new owner the opportunity to own an 'ex' Sir Stirling car. Who do you think you are- Stirling Moss!!

Lot Details
Auction HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS
Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number140
Estimate£7000-£8000
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Year1990
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Registration numberD1 JSH
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