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Top 10: Most expensive classic cars sold at auction

For the past decade, classics have sat near the top of the pile of many an investment portfolio, rubbing shoulders with such luxuries as gold and wine. But which cars have proved the popular? And just how much is too much? We've put together a list of ten of the most expensive classics sold at auction. No prizes for guessing which marque has the most mentions...

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1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R F1 single-seater

When Juan Manuel Fangio took the chequered flag at the 1954 French Grand Prix in his Mercedes-Benz W196 - it was the start of a new era for the German carmaker. It was the first time Mercedes had won a race since 1939 and took Fangio to the drivers' championship in 1954 and again in 1955.

This is the only surviving W196 to have won not just one World Championship-qualifying Grand Prix race, but two. It is the first open-wheel version of the landmark W196 design ever to have won a race, and it is the actual car in which Fangio clinched the second of his five Formula 1 Drivers' World Championship titles. It was offered in original, almost 'barn-find' condition.

Sold for $29,650,095 (Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013)


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